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Recent Books


Recent titles featuring, authored, or edited by Darrel Alejandro Holnes

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Recent Books


Recent titles featuring, authored, or edited by Darrel Alejandro Holnes

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Photo courtesy Andrew Kluger - Click on the name for more information.

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Select Conference Presentation

  • Queer Pan-Latinidad: A LBGTQ Latina/o Poetry Reading and Panel, 2016 at Split This Rock Poetry Festival in Washington, D.C.
  • Hidden Poetry: How Does Poetry Help People Who Carry The Hidden Wounds of War and Trauma? A Panel Discussion and Workshop, 2015 at Ohio University in Athens, OH
  • No Longer at Ease: The Uneasy Relationship Between the Poet and Emperor, The Chinua Achebe Colloquium 2014, African Literature as Restoration: Chinua Achebe as Teacher, Brown University in Providence, RI
  • Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Arts Administrators of Color, Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), 2013 in Boston, MA
  • PSA Presents Mary Jo Bang and Ed Roberson, Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), 2012 in Chicago, IL
  • My Voice, Wide as the Sun: Preparing to Teach Creative Writing in K-12 Classrooms, Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), 2009 in Chicago, IL 
  • Forum: Surviving Katrina and Rita in Houston: An Update/Survivre après Katrina et Rita à Houston: Une mise à jourAmerican Folklore Society Annual Meeting & Folklore Studies Association of Canada, 2007 in Quebec City, Canada

Affiliations

  • Americans for the Arts Action Fund
  • American Folklore Society
  • Association for Theater in Higher Education
  • Association of Writers and Writing Programs
  • Black Theater Network
  • Modern Language Association
  • National Black Theater Festival
  • National Honor Society
  • Phi Betta Kappa Society
  • Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society
  • Stage & Candor
  • United Nations SRC Society of Writers

Books

  • PRIME: Poetry & Conversations by the Phantastique 5: Darrel Alejandro Holnes, Rickey Laurentiis, Saeed Jones, Phillip B. Williams, L. Lamar Wilson. Introduced by Jericho Brown.
  • Happiness, The Delight-Tree: An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry in honor of the United Nations International Day of Happiness. Bhikshuni Weisbrot, Darrel Alejandro Holnes, Elizabeth Lara, Editors. 
  • On Poetics, Identity & Latinidad: CantoMundo Poets Speak Out - A collection of conversations curated by Rosebud Ben-Oni with an afterword by Celeste Guzman Mendoza; Contributions by Millicent Borges Accardi, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Darrel Alejandro Holnes, Amy Sayre Baptista, David Tomas Martinez and Ruben Quesada.

About

Professor Darrel Alejandro Holnes is a researcher, playwright, and a poet from Panama City and the former Canal Zone of Panamá. As a researcher, Holnes conducted ethnographic interviews for the Surviving Katrina and Rita in Houston (SKRH) project directed by Dr. Carl Lindahl and Pat Jasper, PhD, in partnership with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and the University of Houston. He presented his fieldwork and research for SKRH at the American Folklore Society’s Annual Meeting with the Folklore Studies Association of Canada in Quebec City, Canada. Holnes and members of the SKRH team were featured in TIME Magazine as “Innovative Storytellers” for their work on the project. Holnes then co-produced radio programs, using excerpts of his ethnographic interviews, which aired on NPR affiliate stations throughout the Gulf Coast region. He further studied ethnographic research and writing with anthropologist Dr. Ruth Behar at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (UM), from which he received his MFA in Creative Writing. A Presidential Inaugural Scholar and VFW Voice of Democracy scholarship recipient, Holnes declined a Fulbright to work with the poet Thylias Moss as a Zell Postgraduate Fellow and Zell Poetry Award winner at UM. Throughout the years, his research has been supported by various research grants and fellowships. He also studied Fine Art at the Universidad del Arte Ganexa, Jazz and Classical Music at the Instituto Nacional de Música in Panama, and Creative Writing at the University of Houston.

His most recent play, TRIGGER, a play based on ethnographic interviews he conducted with African American military veterans suffering from PTSD, was just presented as a reading at the National Black Theater. TRIGGER was a twice semifinalist for the Neil Labute New Theater Festival at the St. Louis Actor's Studio, and a finalist for the LTC Carnaval of New Latina/o Work. His other plays include THE BURNING ROOM, WHITEBERRY, BLACKBERRY (with J. Preston Witt), and MACHO; they’ve received productions in regional and university theaters across the country and they've won him various awards including recognition from the Kennedy Center for the Arts, the Best New Play Award from Wichita State University, and the Farrar Prize in Playwriting. In collaboration with Label Noire, Germany’s premiere Black theater troupe, he is currently developing BLACK IN BERLIN, a devised play based on ethnographic interviews with the Afro German community in Berlin.

Holnes is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts funded residency at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, a Kitchen Theater Company Play Development Residency at the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, the Cave Canem Residency at the Rose O’Neill Literary House and an MFA Convening Residency at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. His work was honored with US Congressional Recognition for high standards of excellence and outstanding achievement in civics and the arts. He is also the recipient of several awards in poetry and scholarships or fellowships to Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Cave Canem, Canto Mundo, VCFA Postgraduate Writers Conference, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. His poems have appeared in English, Spanish, and French, in Poetry Magazine, American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, Callaloo, Best American Experimental Writing, and elsewhere. He is the co-editor of Happiness, The Delight-Tree: An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry, and the co-author of PRIME: Poetry & Conversations, an Over the Rainbow List selection by the American Library Association, and On Poetics, Identity & Latinidad: CantoMundo Poets Speak Out.

He’s currently a Faculty Advisor and a member of the Arts Faculty at New York University's (NYU) Gallatin School of Individualized Study where he teaches dramatic writing and ethnographic playwriting courses and mentors playwrights in the Gallatin Summer Theater Lab and the Gallatin Theater Troupe. He also teaches creative writing and screenwriting at Rutgers University - New Brunswick and works with writers worldwide as a consultant for the United Nation SRC Society of Writers. He is an Editor-at-Large for Stage & Candor, a new theater news site dedicated to intersectionality, diversity, and inclusion in contemporary American theater, and currently divides his time between New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA.

For more information about him or his consulting services, reach out to him by clicking here.

 

 

 

 
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