DREAMing Out Loud at Hofstra

DREAMing Out Loud, founded by Álvaro Enrigue and PEN America, is a series of tuition-free writing workshops for young, undocumented students from the City University of New York, who came to the United States when they were children. The program seeks to counter the anti-immigrant sentiment on the rise in the United States and to amplify the voices of many living in this country who are marginalized because of their immigration status. It is also a potent and beautiful example of our dual mission to celebrate literature and defend free expression.

Date: Thursday, June 25, 2020

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: online; Advance registration required

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Free and open to the public.

Under the tutelage of Enrigue and other writers, participants develop original short stories, poetry, and/or personal essays, which are performed at public readings. The program helps to build a diverse talent pipeline for these publishing and writing industries, and empowers DREAMers to use their voices to counter misinformation about immigrants.

DREAMing Out Loud at Hofstra: What it means to be a DREAMer in contemporary America? During this session at Hofstra, and a week after the Supreme Court of the United States decided on the permanence of the DACA Program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), a few of the dozens of participants that have taken part of DREAMing Out Loud Literary Workshop will read their work and discuss writing as a tool of resistance and a small scale/high impact form of activism.


Moderator: Álvaro Enrigue, Assistant Professor, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Hofstra University


Sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and the Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing for Writers of Spanish.



Mariana Alvarez is a poet and a media studies graduate sharing her unique experiences as a first-generation Colombian American.

Erika Apupalo writes poetry, fiction and nonfiction. She graduated from Baruch College. A compulsive reader, she recently completed a two-year fellowship at Reading Partners --a literacy non-profit where she made of her reading passion a tool for social change.

Yesica Balderrama is a writer and content creator born in Mexico and raised in Queens. Her work has been on WNYC, NPR Latino USA, and the Third Coast International Audio Festival.  


Raised in New York, t. jahan is a fiction writer product of the Desi Diaspora and dreams of transcending politics and language barriers through the written word.

Maria Jose arrived in the United States from Mexico when she was one year old. She is a New York City based artist, activist, and educator. Her struggle as a migrant fighting mental illness is the root and core of her writing project.

Maria Pyaterneva was born in Saint Petersburg. She has a degree in journalism and studied film and photography in Italy. She works as a blog staff writer for New Women/New Yorkers, a non-profit devoted to support immigrant women in the United States.

Donauta Watson-Starcevic is a Jamaican-born writer, poet, arts and social justice activist.



Thursday, June 25, 2020



Hofstra University Virtual Event
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549-1000


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