Bio

Noemi Santana stepped onto the stage of the Nuyorican Poets Café in Loisaida, New York in the Fall of 1990 bearing her poet’s soul to an audience for the first time although she had been writing since 1973.  Her poem, “Sown on Two Plots,” was read at the Henry Street Settlement Playhouse and, again, at the Lincoln Center Outdoors Program in a production of the Latino Writers’ Summer Readings in 1981.  In the summer of ’91, at a reading at the WEBO Gallery, she performed her avant garde poetry and lyrical prose to the accompaniment of percussion.

Noemí presented her first short story, “Until One Day,” to an audience of mostly poets and writers in October 1991 at CB’s 313 Gallery at a reading in tribute to Caribbean culture.  The story has since emerged as a script and was presented by Luminous Visions, Inc. at its 1994-95 Annual Film, Television & Short Stories Stage Reading Festival and Writers Forum.  She opened the 1997 benefit of Partner-Up at the Lamb’s Theater in Manhattan with a reading of two of her poems.  In that same year, she was guest poet at the Goya Art Gallery’s tribute to Women’s Day, reciting her signature piece Exchanged Values and two other works.  Noemí read her erotic verses for the first time to an audience on February 14, 1997 at The Soul Café on Ninth Avenue.

She read her own work and Roque Dalton’s poems in a tribute to the artist at the Latin America Workshop-Taller Latinoamericano in May 1997, along with other poets. In June 2002, she performed in the summer performance series of La Casa de La Herencia Puertorriqueña in El Barrio.  She had a one-woman show and art exposition at The Starving Artist Café and Gallery in February 2012.

The most poignant among her song lyrics is a collection of five songs titled: “On the Winning Side of Love” – songs for and from the woman of today.

She produced and directed “Nurturance,” a multi-media poetry performance with a cast of ten, at the Latin American Workshop in September 1996.

Her most recent poems reflect on the ebbs and flows of life, transition and renewal, all the while knowing that death is imminent.

Her body of work includes outpourings from a woman’s heart in protest and rebellion, in love and eroticism and in her most earthy manifestation as mother.  She delves, too, into the souls of men writing sometimes in a male voice.

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