Peggy Robles-Alvarado is a tenured New York City educator and award winning poet who inspires triumph and embodies strength. She is a 2021 Jerome Hill Foundation Fellow in Literature, a two- time Pushcart Prize nominee, and a 2020 Atticus Review Poetry Contest winner. She is also a BRIO award winner with fellowships from CantoMundo, Desert Nights Rising Stars, The Frost Place, VONA, Academy for Teachers and The Home School. Peggy is a three- time International Latino Book Award winner who authored Conversations With My Skin (2011), and Homage To The Warrior Women (2012).
Through Robleswrites Productions Inc., she created The Abuela Stories Project (2016), Mujeres, The Magic, The Movement, and The Muse (2017) and The “More Than Just…” Project (2020).
Her more recent work has appeared in The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNext, ¡Manteca! an Anthology of Afro- Latin@ Poets by Arte Publico Press, great weather for MEDIA, What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump and The Soul Sister Revue Anthology. Online she has been published in Tribes.org, The Quarry at Split This Rock, The Common, 92Y.org #wordswelivein, Centro Voices Letras Literary Journal, NACLA.org and served as guest editor for The Acentos Review: Performance of Breath issue August 2019.
As a performance poet her work has been featured in HBO Habla Women, Lincoln Center Out Of Doors, Pregones Theater, Harlem 9 Presents: 48 Hours En El Bronx, Smithsonian Institute- Museum of the American Indian, Pen America World Voices Festival, Harvard University, Association of Writers and Writing Programs Tampa, FL, Pratt Institute, Columbia University, and New York University Latinx Caribbean Poetry Festival.
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In 2012 Peggy became the recipient of the Mujeres Destacadas Award, a recognition given annually by El Diario-La Prensa to the most outstanding women in the Latino community and The Womyn Warrior Award presented by Casa Atabex Aché. Her first book, Conversations With My Skin, was awarded second place in the category of Best Poetry Book in English in the 2012 International Latino Book Awards. In 2013, her second book Homenaje A Las Guerreras / Homage To The Warrior Women was awarded second place for Best Bilingual Poetry Book and Best Cover Design.
In 2013 she also was awarded The Tato Laviera Poetic Teamster Award given by the Teamsters Union Local 237. In 2016 Peggy was named one of the 25 Most Influential Women of the Bronx, a BCA Arts Fund, and Spaceworks Bronx Community Artist Grant recipient. In 2017 she was awarded the position of Graduate Student Trustee and received the Graduate Student Engagement Fund Grant at Pratt Institute. In 2018 she earned the Excellence in Academic Achievement Award and graduated Pratt Institute with a 4.0 G.P.A.
Peggy has been featured The 2014 Voto Latino Power Summit at John Jay College, Poets and Writers Fifth Annual Connecting Cultures Reading, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx Community College, Hunter College, Hostos Community College, The 2011 Brooklyn Book Festival, The Nuyorican Poets Café, The Milford Fine Arts Center, Fairfield University, Brecht Forum, Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center, Michigan State University as well as other culturally notable venues throughout and beyond the tri-state area.
She has been published in The Center for Puerto Rican Studies, The Bronx Memoir Project, The Other Side of Violet, and Latina Voices: Struggles and Protest in 21 Century USA. Luna Luna Magazine, Upliftt.com, Dealmas.org and Sofrito For Your Soul. She has also participated in several panel discussions focused on contemporary Latina writers through The Association of Writers and Writing Programs, Sangre Viva Arts Alliance, Fordham University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, Comadres y Compadres Writer’s Conference and The New York City Latina Writers Group.
Peggy is continuously generating and supporting original thought-provoking women centered literary events that provide a platform for emerging artists though Robleswrites Productions Inc. She co-wrote and co- produced Soledad Speaks: A Theatrical Spoken Word Journey that successfully debuted to five sold out standing room only audiences in 2013 at The Iati Theater and was selected to be part of the 2014 BADD!ASS Women Festival at The Bronx Academy Of Arts and Dance. She also created and produced Women In Creative Rebellion: An Annual Spoken Word Poetry and Networking Event that began in 2013 in the Bronx to celebrate the creativity of women. Since then Women In Creative Rebellion has expanded to create an online literary journal titled –La Libreta- that publishes poetry, poetic audio performances, and artwork by emerging and established intergenerational writers and artists of color who identify as women.
Through Robleswrites Productions Inc. she has created several workshops for writers from her home borough of the Bronx and beyond. Peggy has also directed sold out performative readings of her latest anthology Mujeres, The Magic, The Movement, and The Muse and the poetic play Live Big Girl. In 2018, The Abuela Stories Project was awarded first place for Best Latina Themed Book and second place for Best Poetry Book by Multiple Authors from The International Latino Books Awards. In 2020, Peggy launched the online digital archive of The Abuela Stories Project to continue to document stories of these complex and unique matriarchs.