A brand-new video adventure, APIARY MIXTAPE is an intimate look into Philly’s teeming literary families. Writers invite us in to the places they find inspiration; we record their poems, stories, and thoughts on craft and community.
Follow us from living rooms to swingsets, riverbanks to rooftops. We’re on a quest to record Philly and the words it carries in its dusty concrete bones.
This week: Poet Julia Lopez performs her poem “He Falls a Second Time” at Penn Treaty Park, on the banks of the Delaware River.
This series is created by Nick Forrest.
JULIA LOPEZ is a writer, performance artist, educator and most importantly a mother, who advocates strongly for the power of the arts in education and social change. Julia was born and raised in the South Bronx, NY to Puerto Rican parents and dedicates her work to them, documenting their struggle to provide a better life for their children who embody the complexity of the 1st generation experience in the US. Julia has written over 20 plays and performance art pieces that she has performed and read in venues throughout the United States, Mexico, and in Madrid, Spain. Julia holds a BFA in Theater Arts from Wesleyan University, attended the Eugene O’Neill National Theater Institute in Waterford, CT, and the Instituto Internacional in Madrid, Spain. Julia’s most recent achievements include her work as a Cultural Envoy for the US Consulate in Juarez, Mexico where she facilitated an Arts and Community Development project with fellow Galla Michelle Ortiz. Julia was the Board President of the Leeway Foundation (2005-09), Executive Director of Centro Pedro Claver (2006-09) and is presently the Director of Education at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.