APRIL 13TH: AFTER THE CARNATIONS: Writing the Luso-American Experience in Newark

Hugo Dos Santos

Hugo dos Santos was born in Portugal and raised in New Jersey. He earned an MA in writing from Rutgers-Newark, and was recently a Disquiet International Scholarship winner. He is the author of the book ironbound – a blog, and is currently working on his first novel, Brick City.
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Cindy Goncalves

Born and raised in Elizabeth, NJ, Cindy Goncalves is an American-natured, Portuguese-nurtured twenty-something with a love for puns, sarcasm, and codfish cakes. She graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Psychology, and will begin her Masters in School Counseling at Kean University this fall.  A huge advocate for body and sex positivity, and an even bigger supporter of the “do you, boo boo” movement, Cindy hopes to give today’s youth the megaphone needed for some better nightly news.

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Carlos J. Queirós

Carlos João Queirós completed his MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop as a Graduate Fellow and is currently completing his first novel, a tragicomedy set in his hometown of Newark, New Jersey. He received an M.A. in English/Creative Writing from Temple University, where he was a Future Faculty Fellow, and a B.A. in English/Portuguese from Rutgers College. His work is forthcoming in various anthologies and has appeared in My GenerationAARP The MagazineAARP VIVAOn Tap MagazineCríticas MagazineLibrary JournalForgeThe Newark Metro, and other publications. He is a recipient of the Frances Tebet Israel Prize in fiction, a Disquiet International Literary Program award, and was recently invited by the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon to read portions of his novel throughout Portugal.

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PaulA Neves

PaulA Neves was born and raised in and around Newark’s Ironbound section and has not yet escaped its gravitational pull. Her most recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Pilgrimage Magazine, Gávea-Brown JournalWriters of the Portuguese Diaspora: An Anthology, Luna Luna MagazinePoetsWest Public Radio, Quiddity International Literary Journal and Public Radio Program and The Waiting Room Reader II. Her work has also appeared in various LGBT publications. She is the recipient of fellowships and scholarships from Canto Mundo, the Luso-American Development Foundation, the Disquiet Literary Program and West Chester Poetry Conference. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University-Newark.

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