Author Profile: Marybeth Rua-Larsen, contributor to THE GREAT GATSBY ANTHOLOGY

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PHOTOGRAPH: Although poet Marybeth Rua-Larsen lives on the South Coast of Massachusetts, she’s a stone’s throw away from Rhode Island. In fact, she crisscrosses the state line on a daily basis, including this recent visit to Rosecliff, in Newport, to snap a picture at the key location where the 1974 movie version of The Great Gatsbywas filmed.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Marybeth Rua-Larsen teaches at Bristol Community College. Her poems, essays, flash fiction, and reviews have appeared in American Arts Quarterly, The Raintown Review, Cleaver, Measure, Literary Orphans, and Unsplendid, among others. She won the 2011 Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Competition in Poetry in Galway, Ireland, and her chapbook Nothing In-Between was published by Barefoot Muse Press. Her poem “The Letter G Confiscates the Typewriter to Assert Its POV,” riffing on her favorite character in the novel, Nick Carraway, is featured in The Great Gatsby…

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APRIL 13TH: AFTER THE CARNATIONS: Writing the Luso-American Experience in Newark

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Hugo Dos Santos

Hugo dos Santos was born in Portugal and raised in New Jersey. He earned an MA in writing from Rutgers-Newark, and was recently a Disquiet International Scholarship winner. He is the author of the book ironbound – a blog, and is currently working on his first novel, Brick City.
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Cindy Goncalves

Born and raised in Elizabeth, NJ, Cindy Goncalves is an American-natured, Portuguese-nurtured twenty-something with a love for puns, sarcasm, and codfish cakes. She graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Psychology, and will begin her Masters in School Counseling at Kean University this fall.  A huge advocate for body and sex positivity, and an even bigger supporter of the “do you, boo boo” movement, Cindy hopes to give today’s youth the megaphone needed for some better nightly news.

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Carlos J. Queirós

Carlos João Queirós completed his MFA at the 

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FEBRUARY 9TH READER: Marina Carreira

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Marina Carreira is a Luso-American writer from the Ironbound area of Newark, NJ. She holds a BA in English from Montclair State University and a MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University. Marina is an adjunct professor of English at Essex County College and a correspondent for the Luso-Americano newspaper. She is curator and co-host of “Brick City Speaks”, a monthly reading series at Hell’s Kitchen Lounge in Newark, NJ. Her work is featured or forthcoming in The Acentos ReviewNaugatuck River Review, Writers of the Portuguese Diaspora: An Anthology, and Paterson Literary Review.

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De Lara Gularte e da redescoberta poética da ancestralidade

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Caindo ao mar,/eles lutam para se manter à superfície/o seu fôlego exausto,/em seguida a partida.

Lara Gularte no poema “The Pull of Water” na entrevista à revista The Bitter Oleander

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Lara Gularte, a poeta luso-americana natural da Califórnia, é descendente de picoenses e faialenses que emigraram para a Califórnia a meados do século XIX em busca de ouro e liberdade. Na sua biografia não haverá nada de extraordinário que a distinga dos milhares de açorianos que a partir dessa altura começaram – tal como já haviam feito um século antes rumando ao sul do Brasil – a reconstruir as suas vidas noutras terras distantes, tal como os Açores tinham sido em relação ao continente para os nossos mais recuados antepassados. Falar da nossa histórica e constante peregrinação não será nunca falar ou tentar reinventar esse passado como tragédia, antes será relembrar que a nossa sina tem sido…

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2015 Luso-American Scholarship Contest to Attend DISQUIET in Lisbon

Luso-American Scholarships: Through a partnership with the Luso-American Development Foundation, DISQUIET offers full and partial scholarships–including airfare, tuition and lodging–to North American writers of Luso (Portuguese or Lusophone-country) descent. Deadline: February 15, 2015. There is NO FEE to apply. For more information, see:

Group photo of DISQUIET 2014 participants at Pessoa's birthplace. Photo by Steven Tagle.

Group photo of DISQUIET 2014 participants at Pessoa’s birthplace. Photo by Steven Tagle.

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Presence/Presença in Newark’s Luso Americano

LusoAmericano12.20.2014p34DISQUIET ’14 alum Hugo Dos Santos on the Luso-American literary movement and Presence/Presença in the Luso Americano: “Dos Santos credits both the merit of his writings as well as local organizations like Proverbo, Presence/Presença, and Brick City Speaks for featuring his work. He calls these literary groups ‘evidence that there is something in the larger Luso-American community to justify its place in the world of American literature.'” Read more: LusoAmericano12.20.2014p34

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Presence/Presença in HowlRound

Elaine Avila, winner of the first DISQUIET International Short Play competition, writes about a “Luso Revival” in theater and the Presence/Presença movement for HowlRound:

Staged readings at DISQUIET 2014 in Lisbon.

Staged readings at DISQUIET 2014 in Lisbon.


Our tears about the struggle for literacy are matched by the exhilaration of being part of a group that is telling its stories for the first time. Our families have overcome the education and class barriers, allowing this generation to find its voice. A core part of DISQUIET every year has been a “Writing the Luso Experience” workshop with a prominent Luso-American writer (Frank X. Gaspar or Katherine Vaz) and awards to writers of Portuguese descent to help them attend the program. In the inaugural 2011 workshop, Gaspar inspired the founding of a literary movement he called Presence/Presença, after the famed Portuguese literary journal and for the group’s mission of addressing the absence of Luso voices.” – See more at:

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Paula Neves received her MFA from Rutgers University-Newark. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Gávea-Brown Journal, Writers of the Portuguese Diaspora: An Anthology, PoetsWest Public Radio (, and Quiddity International Literary Journal. A 2014 Canto Mundo fellow, she has also received scholarships from the Luso-American Development Foundation, the Disquiet Literary Program and West Chester Poetry Conference. She is a featured reader in the Kale Soup for the Soul series, which has presented panels, readings and workshops nationwide. She teaches English composition and creative writing, once played (bad) guitar in a middle aged garage band (and may do it again) and blogs itinerantly at

from her poem The Catholic and the Mormon Who Met at Mardi Gras

“As if! Ah, silly girl, parthenogenesis is Mary’s deal,

and her son just a guy in one long dress,

and, despite appearances, I’m not the boy of my father’s eye—


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California Navigations Returns to the Sacramento Poetry Center!


SPClogoOn Monday, August 4, the Sacramento Poetry Center will host its second “California Navigations”–a collection of readings from Portuguese-American poets and writers. The writers featured in the reading are: Tony John Roma, Lara Gularte, Anne-Marie Ross, J.T. O’Dochartaigh and Tim KahlPresence/Presença, named by the poet Frank X. Gaspar, provides a community for North American writers of the Portuguese and Lusophone diaspora and aims to address the relative absence of Luso-American voices in contemporary letters.


Monday, August 4, 2014, at 7:30 pm

California Navigations: A Portuguese American Reading

Sacramento Poetry Center
1719 25th St. (@ R), Sacramento, CA 95816

Free and open to the public!

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Provincetown Portuguese Festival Reading with Tribute to Joe Gouveia

FSA/8a15000/8a153008a15316a.tifProvincetown Portuguese Festival Reading with Tribute to Joe Gouveia

Friday, June 27, 2014
3:00–5:00 pm
Harbor Lounge
359 Commercial St., Provincetown, MA 02657

Featuring George Monteiro
and with a special tribute to Joe Gouveia

Yvonne DeSousa
Carol LaDuke 
Mel Joseph
Bill Fields
Jennifer Jean
Tribute to Joe Gouveia: Maria Nazos
Featured Reader: George Monteiro



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