Agent: Meredith Hamler
New York, New York, United States
Home page: http://www.aneducationalpledge.com
Alberto O. Cappas is a published poet, talented writer and entrepreneur in several diverse areas. He is the author of Dona Julia & Other Selected Poems (Author House, 2003), Disintegraton of the PuertoRicans (1997), Echolalia, a collection of poems (1989). His poetry has been included in many publications and anthologies in the United States, Canada and China. He was the recipient of the "Keepers of Our Culture" Award for Literature, by the New York State Hispanic Heritage Month Committee, presented on September 15, 1994. His most recent book, Never too late to make a U-turn: An Educational Pledge & 15 Questions Leading to Self-Development, was released in October 2005. His talents and skills as a writer, interest in the human condition and concern for those socio-economic issues which impact the Latino community, have served to foster in him an active interest and 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." His accomplishments and achievements list him as the founder and president of A&L Speakers and Consultants Bureau, the only Latino and African American speakers bureau in the country. He is also the founder of A Place for Poets, a publication that featured aspirating 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. Also, his early works have been included in the renown Schomburg Library archives. Cappas 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 Communications and Special Projects for the New York State Division for Youth. Presently, he serves as Director of Community Affairs (Assistant Deputy Administrator), for the New York City Human Resources Administration.
Featured In The Following Publications
Dominican Times Magazine; City Limite Magazine; Latin Beat Magazine; Buffalo News; Buffalo Courier Express; West Side Times; 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 Latina Women Newsletter; Puerto Rican Connection Magazine; Quisqueya Life Newsmagazine.
Poetry Recitals/Cultural Presentations
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; Hispanic Heritage Month/Albany; Attica Correctional Facility; North Collins Correctional Facility; Buffalo Masten Park Secure Center; Bronx Youth Development Center; Nuyorican's Poets' Cafe; NYS Liquor Authority (Hispanic Heritage Month Activity)
Interests: Poetry, about Puerto Ricans and other Latinos in the United States. Also available as a speaker/lecturer, interested in colleges, universities and the Fotune 500 Companies: Puerto Rican/Hispanic Heritage as well as political and cultural events.
Published writer: Yes