Winner of the 2018 Reading Residency / by Candor Arts

We are very excited to announce the winner of our second annual Reading Residency: 

Noel Quiñones

Noel Quiñones ,  2018 Reading Residency Winner

Noel Quiñones, 2018 Reading Residency Winner

Noel Quiñones is a New York based AfroBoricua writer, educator, and community organizer from the Bronx. He has received fellowships from Poets House, CantoMundo, and the Watering Hole, and his work is forthcoming or published in the Latin American Review, LIT HUB, Pilgrimage Press & in the Best of Kweli Journal Anthology and ¡Manteca! An Anthology of Afro-Latin@ Poets. Noel is the founder of Project X, a Bronx based arts organization, and was most recently named one of New York State's 40 Under 40 Rising Latino Stars. He is currently the Associate Director of Service Learning & Civic Engagement at the Brooklyn Friends School.

on working toward social progress, Noel writes:

As a middle class Puerto Rican born and raised in the Bronx, I was often told social progress was something you needed to wait for. My parents progressed as individuals but social progress on a grander scale was something left to those with significant social, political, and financial power. Yet this was always where we disagreed. As an educator, writer, performer, and community organizer I have taken it upon myself to effectuate the social progress I wish to see in the world, not just for myself but for my people. For the past nine years I have dedicated myself to the belief that art, community, and education are inseparable. Through various roles as an English Literature teacher, Youth Development Coordinator, Restorative Justice practitioner, and now an Associate Director of Service Learning & Civic Engagement at the Brooklyn Friends School, I have continued to employ artistic exploration and community engagement inside and outside of the classroom.  

As a high school administrator I coordinate various opportunities for my students to engage in community initiatives they are passionate about from organizing workshops on Colorism to marching for Black Lives Matter to attending conferences on Women's Empowerment. In an effort to practice what I teach in my Social Justice class I have been visiting various New York City schools to teach my workshop "Beyond the Black/White Binary: The Inner Ethnic Conflict of Latinidad", seeking to explore the challenges that face Latinx people as well as the false narratives they carry in 21st century America. Most recently I began organizing a Puerto Rico Solidarity Immersion Experience to bring 15 of my students to the island to connect with local community organizers in learning about the history of the island and how we can help as people from the mainland. 

As a writer and performer I believe in creating mirrors for my people, sharing poems and stories about growing up as a Latino. I have been blessed to go on tour the past two years, featuring at numerous colleges, universities, and K-12 schools across the country in addition to various cultural art spaces, non-profit organizations, and conferences, having been the Keynote Speaker at the first NYC Latinx Youth Conference, 2017.

Finally, I became a community organizer once I grew tired of the lack of space dedicated to showcasing and empowering Latinx voices. After I was told a New York City slam team could never have more than one Latino I brought together a group of Bronx, Latinx artists and organizers to prove the city wrong. In October, 2017 I founded Project X, a Bronx based arts organization providing the borough with bi-monthly community programming including the Bronx's own Slam Series to produce its first all Latinx Slam Team. I am happy to say that Project X has grown even larger in its second year offering healing workshops, food justice seminars, and Hurricane Relief fundraisers to support our people.

Noel will be organizing a Benefit Reading for Puerto Rico with Willie Perdomo this Saturday, January 20th at the Bronx Museum of the Arts / South Wing Lower Gallery. 

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All proceeds will be sent to Para La Naturaleza by #PoetsForPuertoRico, an organization that protects lands of high ecological value.

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Noel Quiñones 

Noel will receive an accommodating residency on a weekend of his choosing, a $300 stipend for reading material + food, and a STILL LEARNING tote including a Candor Arts publication and handmade product of his choice.


Honorable Mentions:

These applicants tied for second place and will receive a gifted book of their choosing.

Johnnie Jae Morris

Johnnie Jae Morris, known as the Brown Ball of Fury, is a profoundly driven and unstoppable Indigenerd from the Otoe-Missouria and Choctaw tribes of Oklahoma. She is a writer, speaker, technologist, advocate, community builder and entrepreneur that loves empowering others to follow their passions and create for healing and positive change in the world. She is the founder of A Tribe Called Geek, co-founding board member of Not Your Mascots and LiveIndigenousOK; co-chair for the March for Racial Justice and member of the Women Warriors Work Collective.

Johnnie Jae will soon be reading:

Love Medicine

by Louise Erdrich


Anaïs duplan

Anaïs Duplan is a poet who has written a full-length collection Take This Stallion (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2016) and a chapbook Mount Carmel & the Blood of Parnassus (Monster House Press, 2017). They are also a joint Public Programs Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Anaïs will soon be reading:

Afrofuturism and Black Sound Studies: Culture, Technology, and Things to Come

by Erik Steinskog


jean cho

Jean Cho is a Chicago based queer artist whose work critically examines the limitations and alternative possibilities of the romantic vocabulary & language. Their work is currently developing in the forms of video, rhino renderings, and non-romantic letters of correspondence.

Jean will soon be reading:

The AIDS Crisis Is Ridiculous and Other Writings, 1986-2003

by Gregg Bordowitz

we would like to offer our Sincerest thanks

this year's thoughtful and generous Panel of Jurors:


KENDRA CURRY-KHANNA (Chicago, IL) — Executive Director at 826CHI

SAM BAILEY (Chicago, IL / Los Angeles, CA) — Director, Writer, and Digital Art Director of VAM Studio

LAUB (Los Angeles, CA) — Artist

TOBY CAUSBY (Chicago, IL) — Learning & Development Consultant

KATIE CHUNG (Chicago, IL) — Artist

TERESA CARLESIMO (Kingston, Ontario) — artist, writer, scholar

JEFFREY MICHAEL AUSTIN (Chicago, IL) — Artist and musician

ORIANA KOREN (Los Angeles, CA) — Photographer-Writer

IRIS YIREI HU (Los Angeles, CA) — Artist

LA KEISHA LEEK (Brooklyn, NY) — independent exhibition organizer and writer; Manager, Kenan Project at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, creator of How to Make A Hood (Candor Arts, August 2015)

CECIL MCDONALD, JR. (Chicago, IL) — Artist and educator, author of In the Company of Black (Candor Arts, April 2017)

SUZAN GELDHOFF, MA (Rotterdam, Netherlands) — visual arts professional specialized in photography

VIVIAN SMING (San Francisco, CA) — Artist, Writer, Editor in Chief of Art Practical, Founding Editor of Nonsensical, Founder & Publisher of Sming Sming Books

CONOR DOWDLE (Minneapolis, MN) — Artist, and Co-Director of Yeah Maybe 

KATE BOWEN (Chicago, IL) — Artist, Organizer, Director of ACRE Projects and Video Programming Coordinator at the Museum of Contemporary Photography

A-LAN HOLT (Bay Area, CA) — Playwright, Filmmaker, Associate Director at IDA Stanford, author of Moonwork (Candor Arts, June 2016)

CHINWE OKONA (Los Angeles, CA) — Artist, Writer, Creator of PALMSS Mag

MELANIE TERESA BOHRER (Munich, Germany / Chicago, IL) — Artist

ERIN HOYT (Chicago, IL) — Director of Operations at Filter Photo

CHRISTIAN ORTIZ (Chicago, IL) — Artist, educator, and Senior Manager of Studio Programs at Marwen

LAUREN M. PACHECO (Chicago, IL / Gary, IN) — Arts Administrator, Community Organizer, and Co-Founder of Chicago Lowrider Festival and Chicago Urban Art Society

MATTHEW ANDERSON (Los Angeles, CA) — Artist and Filmmaker, creator of Deviant Proposals: an anti-binary journal (Candor Arts, April 2018)

SARA J. WINSTON (Peekskill, NY) — Artist, author of A Lick and a Promise (Candor Arts, September 2017)

DAVID BELL (Los Angeles, CA) — Artist and Director of Visitor Welcome Center, author of Bye Bye Broadway (Candor Arts, August 2016)