Mercado, Nancy


Mercado is the author of It Concerns the Madness (Long Shot  Productions). She served as the editor of, if the world were mine; a children’s anthology published by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center  (NJPAC), was an editor of Long Shot (1993–2004) and the publication’s editor-in-chief for one of those years. She also served as a contributing  editor and writer for Letras Femeninas volume XXXI, No 1: The Journal of the Asociación de Literatura Femenina Hispánica of Arizona State University.

Mercado was featured on PBS Newshour in America Remembers 911. Also featured in The Encyclopedia of Hispanic American Literature (Facts on File) and inducted into The Museum of American Poetics, Mercado was profiled in Latino Leaders Magazine, Volume 7 No 6 as “one of the most celebrated members of the Puerto Rican literary movement in the Big Apple”.

Nancy Mercado began her literary career as a writer in 1979. As such, some consider her to be part of the second wave of writers, along with Martin Espada, that constitute the Nuyorican literary movement. She has toured throughout the US, Europe and in Canada as a featured poet and conference panelist; an abbreviated list includes: Club 350, Toronto Canada * Eastern New York Correctional Facility; a maximum security prison in New York * Espace Simone de Beauvoir, France * Festival of Arts and Ideas, New Haven, Connecticut * Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival in New Jersey * Kutztown State University, Pennsylvania * La Raza Center, San Francisco, California * New York City Book Expo * New York City Town Hall * Pannonica Jazz Club, France * Poets Passage, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico * Rutgers University, New Jersey * The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York * The Shakespeare Public Theater, New York * The State University of Illinois * The University of Nantes, France * The University of Puerto Rico in Bayamon * throughout Wiesbaden, Germany with jazz artist Billy Bang & his Quintet * The Yari Yari Pamberi: Black Women Writers Dissecting Globalization Conference in New York University, New York.

Mercado’s work has been extensively anthologized. A number of literary  magazines have also published her work such as: Columbia University’s City Magazine; El Boletin del Centro from Hunter College-CUNY; GARE MARITIME published in France, New York University publications, Black Renaissance Noire edited by Quincy Troupe; Brownstone Magazine and Gallatin Review; and independent magazines such as, A Gathering of the Tribes; Drum Voices; The Paterson Literary Review; phati’tude Literary Magazine; and Rattapallax, among others.

For ten years she served as the Artistic Director of the Young Life Theatre Group; a young adult theatre group based in New Jersey and funded by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. During this time, she authored and directed 7 theatre plays: Palm Trees in the Snow, Chillin, Forever Earth, It is I; Stay Alive!, Planet Earth, Alicia in Projectland coauthored with renown writer Pedro Pietri, and AWAY.

Mercado’s theatre work has been produced in such venues as the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC). Her play AWAY was commissioned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of an AIDS awareness and prevention campaign for young women of color making the work accessible to any theatre or community group wanting to stage the play. As such, it continues to be produced by various theatre and community groups, in English and Spanish, throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Mercado’s film credits include two video productions in the Poetry Spots  series directed by Bob Holman and the documentary film, Yari Yari Pamberi: Black Women Writers Dissecting Globalization directed by Jayne Cortez.

She has served as a panelist for the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).

Nancy Mercado is the co-founder of El Instituto de Cultura Lola Rodríguez de Tió located in New Jersey.


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