Princeton Day School welcomed award-winning poet, author, and educator Willie Perdomo to campus for a day of presentations and discussions on Tuesday, November 28.
Mr. Perdomo is the author of The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and Milton Kessler Poetry Award, and winner of the International Latino Book Award. He is also the author of Smoking Lovely, Where a Nickel Costs a Dime, as well as a two-time New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellow and a former Woolrich Fellow in Creative Writing at Columbia University. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature, Bomb Magazine, and African Voices. Mr. Perdomo is currently a member of the VONA/Voices faculty and an English Instructor at Phillips Exeter Academy.
Mr. Perdomo worked with Upper School students in Spanish teacher Michelle Simonds' Identidades Latinas class; in English teacher Mia Manzulli's Poetry Making Class; and in English teacher Caroline Lee's Gender and Literature class. In the afternoon, he joined our 8th-grade students in a writing workshop to explore issues of identity and self-discovery through poetry. At the end of the day, there was a poetry reading and discussion in the Library.