The Sunday Writing Circle was started December 1st, 2013 by facilitators, Latanya DeVaughn and Vanessa Ferreira aka Vanessa Chica. We meet every Sunday at El Fogon Art Center in the Bronx, 989 Home Street, Bronx, NY 10459 2 or 5 train to Freeman Avenue, a creative art center where poets and musicians meet to exhibit art and hold events. Our Sundays are like Communion. We do it religiously. We consist of a group of talented up and coming poets from all walks of life. We write about culture, truth and justice…in the raw.
This is our 3rd cycle, meaning it is the 3rd class. Each class consists of meeting once a week in total 10 weeks. At the end of each cycle all the participating poets submit up to 3 poems and an Anthology is written in collaboration of all the artists. The first Anthology, “No Apologies” was release on April 25th, 2014. The second book, “Full Circle Ensemble” will be release January 2015. We will also be releasing a performance at the National Black Theatre in Harlem also in January. More details to follow, like us on FB, Full Circle Ensemble. A website is in the making as we speak and write.
We will be inviting cast, social media personalities and members of the press that have been following our story and promoting us for a “Thank You Dinner.” The first hour will consist of a group discussion and group interview. The bloggers or radio personalities will be allowed to ask questions. This will be recorded for the pre-show documentary. Here is a preview of some of the cast members quotes on the Sunday Writing Circle…Full Circle Ensemble:
Latanya DeVaughn…the Sunday Writing Circle…I look at each cycle as trimesters…3rd Cycle we gave birth to, “The Full Circle Ensemble.” The Full Circle Ensemble allows writers, poets, actors, musicians and artists in general to come together for the sake of creative expression.
Vanessa Ferreira aka Vanessa Chica…The Sunday Writing Circle made me visible. It is therapeutic and we are making a difference with pen and paper.
Andres Chulisi Rodriguez…I’m Andres Chulisi Rodriguez and joined the 2nd Cycle. I teach poets how to perform their pieces with originality and conviction. It is through this 3rd cycle that I made a dream into a realization.
Esther “esty” Pagan aka Star Angel…I started in the 2nd cycle and have evolved to where I can release my anguish and advocate for others in a positive way. As a Breast Cancer Survivor and survivor of other adversities, I write to show awareness and share my strength to others. I love the Circle of Energy that we share as a group and what everyone brings to the table.
Margarita Cuevas-Cruz…I started in the first cycle and feel that I have grown immensely as a writer and a person in my time with the Sunday Writing Circle. I also feel very excited to be a part of performing in the National Black Theatre; not only because I enjoy performing, also because it will be one of the realist performances I feel I will ever do. Especially surrounded by people who are going to be sharing the deepest parts of them selves on such a historical stage.
Mary Hernandez aka Mary Quite Contrary…my passion poetry…my passion love all combined in a group of amazing individuals from all different walks of life. As some have said it has become our Sunday Church…oh yes, indeed it has. What better way of explaining our traditional Sundays…writing…purging…tears…love…respect…confidants…friendship…and most of all Unity.
James Peach McClory…I’m James Peach McClory and I am a Spoken Word Artist…I have been with the group since the first cycle. It’s very exciting to see people grow artistically, not only on an individual level, but forming a bond of support, friendship and trust as a family on a whole. It’s like going to church but without the guilt.
Salvador Martinez…I’m new to the circle and it’s been nothing short of a blessing. In a short time my writing has evolved, a poet surfaced and a voice was born. Layers I’ve begun to shed and stories I will tell in my fashion with full circle swag.
AJ De Pena…First cycle and I am wondering where was I the first two. LIFE changing experience for me.
Mental Sins…I was part of the 2nd cycle and I had the opportunity to sit in on the first. All I can honestly say is what’s going on hire is ground breaking.
Katalina Rodriguez…This is El David and my first cycle and I’ll echo Sal and AJ that this has been such a great experience for both of us. El David is more seasoned in the poetry world and definitely gets a different experience than I do. I’m new to writing in this format and I feel very blessed to be able to grow artistically with such a great group of people.
Tonysha DeChecchi…I was part of cycle 2 & now 3. I will concur with everyone here. This experience has allowed me to open parts of myself that I had long closed, embrace my gifts and stand in the power of my voice. While I don’t aspire to be a performer like some of my colleagues, I’m much more secure in the writing I produce and becoming increasingly more comfortable behind the mic. Love my circle!