Uncensored & Uncut
Spoken word artist Fred Feliciano reframes the notion of machismo to encompass respect, honor and compassion for women, family and society through his performance poetry. This self-declared male advocate addresses the way men are perceived in today's society, as well as how men see the world. Using language that's sometimes raw, sometimes funny, always compelling, he succeeds in entertaining us while tackling potentially uncomfortable issues like misogyny and lack of male role models in Latino and Black culture. Fred has recently exploded on the New York City poetry scene, but his apparent sudden popularity has been a long time coming. Inspired in a workshop led by late author Fielding Dawson in 1995, this native Nuyorican has been active in the Performing Arts community ever since. He has performed his poetry at Dixon Place (1996), and The Nuyorican Poets Cafe (1996). Soon thereafter, his artistic versatility and raw 'stand up poetry' gained him international recognition. In 1997, Swiss literary journal Orte, published and featured Fred in a cover story on poets of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Through the years, Fred's poetry has evolved to encompass and define a generation's definition of Manhood. He entertains us with a perspective on Machismo that is sometimes uncomfortable, often funny, and always honest. This year, Fred hosts Miguel Algarin's Mongo Affair at Central Park summerstage. He was reviewed in Spoken Visions Magazine. He has recently graced the front page of Daily News' Showtime Section in a full-page photo (2003) and was featured in NY Press (2003) as part of his poetry troupe, Machismo Redefined. As Creator and producer of Machismo Redefined, Fred introduces other male poetry talents to an eager audience. The Troupe enjoyed a successful 2003 season at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, featuring both unknown and award-winning poets. Passionate in socially conscience arts, Fred lends his talents toward literary-based projects to benefit disenfranchised populations. He has served as Associate Editor of A Gathering of Tribes in 1998. He has worked with worked with gay, transgender, and bisexual youth. In addition, he implemented publications and writing workshops for prisoners on Riker's Island. He has been a volunteer for events by the Nuyorican Poet's Café. Fred has also delivered speeches and performs his poetry for several local benefits and events, including for Latino Community Organizing Network. He is also a youth mentor for Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Now a fixture in the socially conscience art world, 2004 also marks Machismo Redefined's second season at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, where Fred focuses on presenting a diverse ensemble of men around a centralized theme. Fred remains a resident of Spanish Harlem. He plans to tour the United States with Machismo Redefined, as well as taking his individual spoken word performances on the road. He's developed a followings in poetry venues throughout the city, and is looking forward to the unique energy his blended audiences will generate.