Alberto O. Cappas Bio

Alberto O. Cappas Bio


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Cappas’ talents and skills as a writer, interest in the human condition and concern

for those socioeconomic issues which impact the Latino community, have served

to foster in him an active  involvement as a journalist.



Books By Puerto Rican Poet/Writer, Alberto O. Cappas  

The Pledge  /  Doña Julia and Other Selected Poems  / Never Too Late to Make a U-Turn  / Lessons for Myself

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Alberto O. Cappas is a published poet, talented writer, and entrepreneur in several diverse areas. He is the author of Echolalia, a collection of poems, published in 1989. His poetry has been included in many publications and anthologies in the United States, Canada, and China. On September 15, 1994, he received the Keepers of Our Culture Award for Literature from the New York State Hispanic Heritage Month Committee. His second book of poems Disintegration of the Puerto Ricans was released in October 2002.

His third book, Doña Julia and Other Selected Poems, was published in October 2002. His talents and skills as a writer, interest in the human condition and concern for those socioeconomic issues which impact the Latino community, have served to foster in him an active  involvement as a journalist. this has led to his role as co-publisher and co-editor of the Latino Village Press, a monthly publication designed to educate and inform the Puerto Rican/Latino community about the importance of business and economic development — “creating our own institutions and infrastructures.”

Cappas is also founder and president of Don Pedro Cookies, the makers of Don Pedro Cookies. In addition he is founder of A Place for Poets, a publication aspiring Latino and African American artists. Further, his works have achieved wide interests, growing appeal and numerous accolades.

It should be noted that his work has been featured and preserved in the City of Buffalo’s new metro subway system, with a commissioned work by the Niagara Frontier’s Transportation Authority of an artistic “vignette” with two other Latino artists. The work is a thirty-foot steel tile mural, which reflects the search for a sense of belonging in this city.

Cappas’ early works have been included in the renown Schomburg Library archives. He is an alumnus of the State University of New York at Buffalo and a recipient of the NYC Urban League’s Charles Evans Hughes Award for Creative Writing. from 1982-87, he served as Deputy Commissioner of communication and Special Projects for the New York State Division for Youth.

Featured in the Following Publications

Quisqueya Life (NYC Dominican American publication); Buffalo News; Buffalo Courier Express; Buffalo West Side Times; Buffalo Hispano News; Advista; Syracuse Impartial Citizen; Vista; Carib News; Canales; New York Press; Noticias del Mundo; Buffalo Challenger; Buffalo Good News; People’s Weekly World; Brownstone Magazine (NYU); Downtown Press; Vision: El Periodico del Barrio; La Voz Hispana; Conciencia (NYU); Crane’s NY Business Magazine; La Ultima Hora; Guild Press; New York Newsday (Manhattan Profile); Vista Monthly Magazine; Saludos Hispanos Magazine; El Boricua Magazine; National Hispanic Voice; National Council of Latin Women Newsletter; and Puerto Rican Connection Magazine.

Poetry Recitals/Cultural Presentations

NYS Teachers Attendance Officers Association, Monticello, NY; Pratt Institute; NYS Department of Health (Office of Minority Health’s Diversity Forums); Baruch College; Schenectady Community College; Buffalo State College; SUNYAB; Undergraduate Conference/New York University (NYU); Buffalo Community Partnership; Ithaca College; Manhattan Community College; Black Arts Forum/Brooklyn; Attica Correctional Facility; North Collins Correctional Facility; Buffalo Masten Park Secure Center; Bronx Youth Development Center; Nuyorican’s Poet’s Cafe; NYS Liquor Authority (Hispanic Heritage Month Activity); New York Public Libraries; and Harlem Hospital Center (Puerto Rican heritage Month Activity).


Never Too Late to Make a U-Turn  (2009)

Doña Julia and Other Selected Poems (2008)

Lessons for Myself (2008)

Roots to Reality, from a poetry recital and cultural presentation, Cultural Diversity Series, sponsored by the New York State Department of Health, Albany, NY, 1997

The Disintegration of the PuertoRicans, a collection of poems, published in 1997, by Don Pedro Enterprises, USA, Ltd, New York, NY

Echolalia: Verse & Vibrations, a collection of poems, published in 1989, by Calton Press, New York, NY

Echoes, six poems, published in 1987, by A Place for Poets, New York, NY

Guild Press Anthologies, featured in over eight (8) anthologies published by Guild Press, publisher of Black, Asian, and Latino poets and writers, 1987-1996

Available for speaking engagements — or 212-353-9114

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Blacks in Hispanic Literature: Critical Essays

Edited by Miriam DeCosta-Willis 

Blacks in Hispanic Literature is a collection of fourteen essays by scholars and creative writers from Africa and the Americas. Called one of two significant critical works on Afro-Hispanic literature to appear in the late 1970s, it includes the pioneering studies of Carter G. Woodson and Valaurez B. Spratlin, published in the 1930s, as well as the essays of scholars whose interpretations were shaped by the Black aesthetic. The early essays, primarily of the Black-as-subject in Spanish medieval and Golden Age literature, provide an historical context for understanding 20th-century creative works by African-descended, Hispanophone writers, such as Cuban Nicolás Guillén and Ecuadorean poet, novelist, and scholar Adalberto Ortiz, whose essay analyzes the significance of Negritude in Latin America. This collaborative text set the tone for later conferences in which writers and scholars worked together to promote, disseminate, and critique the literature of Spanish-speaking people of African descent. . . . Cited by a literary critic in 2004 as “the seminal study in the field of Afro-Hispanic Literature . . . on which most scholars in the field ‘cut their teeth’.”

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Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

By Melissa V. Harris-Perry

According to the author, this society has historically exerted considerable pressure on black females to fit into one of a handful of stereotypes, primarily, the Mammy, the Matriarch or the Jezebel.  The selfless Mammy’s behavior is marked by a slavish devotion to white folks’ domestic concerns, often at the expense of those of her own family’s needs. By contrast, the relatively-hedonistic Jezebel is a sexually-insatiable temptress. And the Matriarch is generally thought of as an emasculating figure who denigrates black men, ala the characters Sapphire and Aunt Esther on the television shows Amos and Andy and Sanford and Son, respectively.     

Professor Perry points out how the propagation of these harmful myths have served the mainstream culture well. For instance, the Mammy suggests that it is almost second nature for black females to feel a maternal instinct towards Caucasian babies.

As for the source of the Jezebel, black women had no control over their own bodies during slavery given that they were being auctioned off and bred to maximize profits. Nonetheless, it was in the interest of plantation owners to propagate the lie that sisters were sluts inclined to mate indiscriminately.

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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update 17 November 2010 




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