The QCA’s Artist Peer Circle presents Eclectic Dreams: Homegrown Poetry and Prose cultivated in New York’s most vibrant and diverse borough.
René Georg Vasicek, the son of Czech defectors, was born in Austria in 1969. He grew up in the pine barrens of eastern Long Island and has lived in New York City since ’95. His writing has appeared in Barrelhouse, Bellevue Literary Revue, Gargoyle, Mid-American Review, Nowhere, Post Road, Uncanny Valley, Western Humanities Review, and elsewhere. He earned an MFA at Sarah Lawrence College and was awarded an NEA fellowship. René lives in Astoria, Queens with his wife and two sons.
Adepeju Adeyemo is a Lagos-born, New York-based writer and storyteller. She has presented her work in readings and productions across New York City, including staging her play ROBBED at the Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre and performing her HOME-AWAY-FROM-HOME poetry collection at the Boundless Tales Reading Series. She is a member of the Queens Council on the Arts 2018 Literary Artist Peer Circle and Room to Write Writers Collective, and she leads the Write On Writers Workshop (WOWW!) in partnership with the New York Writers Coalition and Queens Library. Adepeju uses her writing to bring awareness to the issues that concern her. Her work, which celebrates content that advances underserved and underrepresented voices, meets at the intersection of the female, Yoruba, Nigerian, African and Black experience. And, she continues to evolve as a creative.
Minerva Martinez is a writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She holds an MFA in nonfiction from The New School. Minerva worked in the world of championship boxing for almost a decade and is presently working on a collection of short stories about the sweet science. Her work has appeared in The Newtown Literary Journal, Evergreen Review, and W42ST.
Jackie Sherbow is a writer and editor living in Queens, NY. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Sierra Nevada Review, Gold Wake Live, Coffin Bell, Luna Luna, Bad Pony, Day One, and elsewhere, and have been part of the Emotive Fruition performance series. She works as an editor for two leading mystery-fiction magazines as well as Newtown Literary, the literary journal dedicated to the borough of Queens.
Host Malcolm Chang was born and raised in South African and now lives in New York. He is the President of the Board of Directors of The Newtown Literary Alliance. His writing has appeared in Gravel and the Newtown Literary Journal. His story “The Cruelty of Children” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He has read at LineBreak, Queens Writers Resist, First Tuesdays, and other venues in New York. He is currently working on a novel based on the 1966 assassination of the South African Prime Minister. He is also writing a memoir about his experience growing up Chinese during the Apartheid-era South Africa, with all of the confusion and conflict that it entailed.