"I could never be small"
"Have you tried to lose weight"?
"I have the right to be here"
"Sucking of teeth"
Live Big Girl
Three Women One Message
"You're a Sophisticated Sphere"
"Tank of a woman"
"My plate was clean"
"Rub my belly"
"You're more than just an opinion"
"Don't you want to get married?
"You have been using that mirror all wrong"
"What a pretty face"
"Would you like some butter for your roll?"
"Pinch Pull Squeeze Push"
Plants a flag and calls me home
"Live Big Girl" is a Poetic play about 3 women and their different and not so different experiences of living in a body that is not celebrated.
There is root deep digging towards self- awareness, Self- acceptance, and self-love.
Through poetry, in movement and in stillness,
offering a prescription for healing, in the taking back of their bodies from the mouths of critics.
Fierceness comes when truths are shared.
Live Big Girl!
Peggy Robles Alvarado
Peggy Robles-Alvarado, utilized her affinity for language and developed the talent that eventually earned her several scholarships enabling her to transform her identity from teen mother to the recipient of master’s degrees in elementary and bilingual education.
Not only is she a passionate elementary school educator and writer, she is also a CantoMundo, Academy for Teachers and Home School Fellow as well as a two time International Latino Book Award winner currently pursuing her MFA in Performance and Performance Studies at Pratt Institute. She is a 2014 BRIO performance poet award winner and in 2016. She was named one of the 25 Most Influential Women of the Bronx, A BCA Arts Fund and Spaceworks Bronx Community Artist grant recipient.
Peggy has been published in 92Y’s #wordswelivein, NACLA, The Center for Puerto Rican Studies and The Bronx Memoir Project. She has been featured on HBO Habla Women, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Poets and Writers Connecting Cultures Reading and The BADD!ASS Women Festival. Peggy's emphasis on the value of words for healing, transformation, and the fostering of a positive cultural identity have allowed her to continuously create and support literary events through Robleswrites Productions.
we are our own worse critics
and tend to dwell on the negative,
but can always overcome rejection".
Writers and Actors
Vanessa Chica is a New York City Educator, Writer and Performance Poet. A lover and supporter of all things creative. She began to share her poetry in 2013, at the Poets Passage in San Juan Puerto Rico. This frightening yet liberating decision has led to a whirlwind of creative endevours. Vanessa Chica has featured at various events such as The Smokin Word, Urban Juke Joint, Capicu, Word@4F, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe and The Bronx Museum.
She has performed At The National Black theatre in poetic theatrical shows " From the Page to the Stage", "Misconceptions" and Misconceptions too" produced in part by The Sunday Writing Circle/ The Full Circle Ensemble. She was a panelist for " Mujeres at the Mic" Bringing the Nuyorican experience, at The Association of Writers held in Los Angeles (2016).
She recently Published her first poetry book titled "The Girl With The Smile". Vanessa Chica believes there is strength in vulnerability and she is becoming stronger every day.
Visit VanessaChica.com for more information.
"Let's Take our bodies back from the mouth's of critics"
Karina G-Lopez, is an writer, poet, actor and educator from New York City. She is also a poetry judge, workshop facilitator and marketer as well. She has been writing, reading, performing and acting since high school. She has featured in various venues including: The National Black Theater, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Queens Book Festival, The Bronx Museum among many others venues. She is the author of several poetry books which are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and itunes.com. She has been published in various magazines, anthologies and websites including: Tribes Magazine, Poetica Magazine, The Abuela Stories Project, La Pluma Y La Tinta Anthology, The BX Files anthology, SofritoForyourSoul.com, Thelatinoauthor.com among others. For more information please visit kglopez.com.