Saturday, March 22, 2014

This is how I relax

I listen to Mia Farrow reading an audiobook of Ira Levin's Rosemary's Baby...

Monday, February 17, 2014

On the mend, poetry, and humbling events such as braving the NYC subway when injured

Though I was citing 2014 as going down like 1993, it's gone done more like 2046, placing me, healthwise, as a 75 year old woman  (give or take a few years.). I contracted a horrible cold that caused me to cough so hard that I busted a muscle and could not move, sleep on my bed, or lift a leg. I'm on the mend though, and have managed NYC by a. staying inside the house and b. holding my hand on my back when I finally did chance the subway to show New Yorkers the universal symbol for -- I'm not feeling good -- I'm stooped over for a reason -- ayuda me! I make light of it, but I was actually in the ER twice in one weekend and have had to use my salty humor to navigate such a horrible experience.

That being said, a health situation is a humbling situation that has inspired me to reflect on my bad and good habits; relationships that I have with food; relationships that I have with people; relationships that I have with my work (my writing that is the rainbow and coven that I return to no matter what challenges I go through.)

Let's see how this affects me in February. New changes in store. Will report more once they are all confirmed.

If you've read this far you might as well head to Waxwing Literary Journal. Issue #2 features two poems of mine alongside so many talented poets and writers. Take a peek here: Waxwing










Friday, January 3, 2014

Come out to INTAR to see a workshop performance of my play - AFTER THE FIRE

You're invited to our first workshop production of 2014!
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After the Fire

by Diana Delgado

You are invited to Monarch Theater NYC's workshop production of Diana Marie Delgado's AFTER THE FIRE, presented at INTAR.
 
“Mistakes are made and are scattered into forever.”

AFTER THE FIRE written by Diana Marie Delgado
co-directed by Diana Marie Delgado and Martin Balmaceda

Where:  INTAR Theatre (500 W. 52nd St., 4th Fl.)
When:  Saturday, January 18th @ 7pm
           Sunday, January 19th @ 4pm

Actors:  Teresa Yenque, Jorge Pupo, Cassandra Andrus

Sound Design:  Hayden Diaz

Costume Design:  Nicole Marie Synan

Lighting Design:  Gustavo Valdes

Scenic Design: TBA
 
FREE ADMISSION / SEATING IS LIMITED To make a reservation please emailinfo@monarchtheater.org

About the Play

After the Fire is a poem-performance-novella-for the stage.  The play conflates fractured monologues and dissolving scenes to explore the lives of:  Arthur (a kite brought down by a gale), The Old Woman (Arthur's Mother), and Angela (sand at the bottom of the ocean).  Beginning in media res, the plot continuously shifts and alternates, revealing bits and pieces of each character to build a dream-like meditation about how even after death what "happened" continues to arrest us.

About the Playwright

Diana Marie Delgado, poet and playwright, grew up in the San Gabriel Valley.  A graduate of the poetry programs at the University of California-Riverside and Columbia University.  Her poetry collection Late-Night Talks With Men I Think I Trust was a finalist for the 2012 Andres Montoya Poetry Prize.  The recipient of the 2010 Letras Latinas Residency Fellowship, she attended the 2011 Monarch Theater Playwriting Workshop and worked under Migdalia Cruz and John Jesurun.  Her play Desire Road was given a staged reading at La MaMa La Galleria in NYC in 2011 and was published in PALABRA Magazine (Issue 8 2012).  In addition, the play, later titled, After the Fire, was a finalist for the 2011 La MaMa ETC's Ellen Stewart Emerging Playwright Award.
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Monday, December 30, 2013

Two new poems @ Waxwing

Check out "When God and You were Mine" & "Where I am King and Do Not Recycle" in Waxwing's upcoming issue. Two new poems. Remember to support poetry not Coors.



Saturday, October 26, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

True Wishes - Double lives, Palm Trees, and Flying back to NYC

Goodbye Cali. That's what I said as my plane took off into the lime-colored sunset and I left the land of pink and gabriel-white today. Was hard. Especially because of my fam, and friends, and the palm trees and the sunshine and the life water that is light. Double life, one here, and one in New York. Two of them. Here's to hoping that someday that wish will come true.


Sunday, July 7, 2013

Random houghts: Neophytes, Bumble Bees, and Pronunciation


Neophytes - To be honest I had to look up what the definition of a  "neophyte" is. I heard the word before and have tried to instigate a conversation or paragraph that could help this word along, and have not, so trying to shove it into my life somewhere. It's an interesting definition though.

Bumble Bees - I hear that Einstein said that once the bumble bees are gone we have about four years to live. I believe it. I've had a bumble bee visit my garden every day since the flowers have emerged in my container garden and he/she has gone haywire. Then I had the dilemma of trying to figure out if eating honey causes more destruction to the little critters or helps the industry along by placing their production in higher importance. I decided on the latter and will try and buy local honey to bring more awareness and keep it high on the list. Better to eat honey than fructose, corn syrup, or all the other sweet fillers that the great U.S.A is feeding us in the summer market aisles.

Pronunciation - Ever since I can remember I've pronounced things that for other people were common knowledge. Like I remember pronouncing Chopin -- chopping. Or "facade" --fakade. There are tons more but you get the gist. I recently realized it was because I had never heard anyone in my household or immediate family or friends pronounce these words--but I had read them. I knew the meaning yet I hadn't heard them out loud because my introduction to them was through books.