About the Author
Peggy Robles-Alvarado is a Puerto Rican and Dominican educator and writer who inspires triumph and embodies strength. Her incredible rhythmic energy paired with her "raw truth style" has seduced audiences with verses relating to identity, sensuality and spirituality and has made her the recipient of the 2012 "Mujeres Destacadas Award," a recognition given annually by El Diario-La Prensa to the most outstanding women in the Latino community. She has also received the 2012 Womyn Warrior Award presented by Casa Atabex Aché, a center that provides holistic and alternative healing techniques for the self-empowerment of womyn of color. This profound petite powerhouse has been featured at The Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx Community College, Hunter College, New York University, 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, as well as other culturally notable venues throughout the tri-state area. She has been published online in Letras, a publication by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, on Dealmas.org and Sofrito For Your Soul. She has also been a guest on Open 2.0, Open, Diálogo Abierto, and The Bronx Journal aired on BronxNet.org. Peggy's emphasis on the value of words for healing, transformation and the fostering of a positive cultural identity have allowed her to work closely with The New York City Latina Writers Group and The DeAlmas Women's Institute. In 2011, Peggy became a contributing writer and featured spoken word performer for Plantando Banderas (Planting Flags) a high-energy theatrical and musical presentation that fuses dance and spoken word to enrich and inspire the community by annually celebrating the accomplishments of Westchester-based Latinos. Her critically acclaimed and emotionally evocative first book, Conversations With My Skin published in 2011, details Peggy's poignant and powerful transformation from a pregnant fifteen-year-old girl scarred by relationship abuse and her resiliency as she evolves into a woman determined to redefine herself. Her vivid and oftentimes violent poetic journey is one of resolve, redemption and healing for both mother and child. For more information on Peggy Robles- Alvarado, her books, or upcoming performances please visit Robleswrites.com.