Saturday, October 31, 2009

About Alberto O. Cappas

AOC Background and Community Contributions

Born in Yauco, Puerto Rico in 1946 and arrived in New York City in 1953. Alberto Oscar Cappas is a poet and entrepreneur in several diverse areas. He is the author of Never too late to make a U-Turn: An Educational Pledge & 15 Questions to Self-Development, a motivational book for parents and youth-at-risk; and author of The Pledge: A Guide for Everyday Living, published in 2001. He is also the author of the following poetry collections: Doña Julia & Other Selected Poems, Author House Publishers, 2002; Disintegration of the Puerto Ricans, Don Pedro Enterprises, 1997; and Echolalia, Carlton Press, 1989. His poetry has been included in many publications and anthologies in the United States and Canada.

Cappas is the recipient of the “Keepers of Our Culture” Award for Literature, presented to him by the New York State Hispanic Heritage Month Committee -- on September 15, 1994. His talents and skills as a writer, interest in the human condition and concern for those socio-economic issues which impact the Puerto Rican/Latino community, have served to foster in him an active interest and involvement as a journalist. This has led to his role as co-publisher and co-editor of The New Tomorrow (TNT) and the Latino Village Press (LVP), two monthly publications designed to educate and inform the Puerto Rican/Latino community about the importance of going into business and developing Latino economic institutions and infrastructures. His accomplishments and achievements list him as the founder and Chairperson of the AOC Speakers Bureau, the only Latino and African American speakers’ bureau in the country when founded in 1992. He is founder and Chairperson of Don Pedro Cookies, the makers of Don Pedro Cookies; and he is co-founder of A Place for Poets, a national publication which featured aspiring Latino and other emerging writers and poets.

Further, his works have achieved wide interests, growing appeal and numerous accolades. It should be noted that his work has been featured and preserved in the City of Buffalo’s new Metro subway system, with a commissioned work by the Niagara Frontier’s Transportation Authority of an artistic “vignette” with two other Latino artists. The work is a thirty-foot steel tile mural that reflects the search for a sense of belonging in this city. Also, his early works have been included in the renowned Schomburg Library’s archives.

Alberto O. Cappas is an alumnus of the State University of New York at Buffalo and a recipient of the NYC Urban League’s Charles Evans Hughes Award for Creative Writing -- presented to him by Harlem Preparatory School in 1967.


AOC has been featured in the following publications

Youth Today (National youth publication)
Quisqueya Life (Dominican American)
City Limits Magazine
Latin Beat Magazine
Buffalo News
Buffalo Courier Express
Buffalo West Side Times
Buffalo Hispano News
Advista
Syracuse Impartial Citizen
Vista Carib News
Canales Magazine
New York Press
Noticias del Mundo
Buffalo Challenger
Buffalo Good News
People's Weekly World
Brownstone Magazine (NYU)
Downtown Press
Vision: El Periodico del Barrio
La Voz Hispana
Conciencia (NYU)
Crane's NY Business Magazine
The New York Times
La Ultima Hora
Guild Press
New York Newsday (Manhattan Profile)
Vista Monthly Magazine
Saludos Hispano Magazine
El Boricua Magazine
El Boricua.com (Magazine)
National Hispanic Voice
National Council of Latina Women Newsletter
Puerto Rican Connection Magazine



Poetry Recitals/Cultural Presentations

Buffalo Parents Association (Keynote Speaker, Buffalo, NY)
Stritch University (Leadership Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
New York State School Attendance Officers Association (Monticello, NY)
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
NYS Department of Health/Office of Minority Health’s Diversity Forums (Albany, NY)
Baruch College, NYC
Schenectady Community College (Schenectady, NY)
Buffalo State College (Buffalo, NY)
PODER, State University of NY at Buffalo
Undergraduate Student Conference/New York University (NYU)
Buffalo Community Partnership
Ithaca College
Manhattan Community College
Black Arts Forum/Brooklyn
Hispanic Heritage Month/Albany
Attica Correctional Facility (Attica, NY)
North Collins Correctional Facility
Buffalo Masten Park Secure Center
Bronx Youth Development Center
Nuyorican's Poets' Café (New York City)
NYS Liquor Authority (Hispanic Heritage Month Activity)
New York State Division for Youth
New York Public Libraries
Harlem Hospital Center (Puerto Rican Heritage Month Activity)

Publications

1. Lessons for Myself, for young people and teens, a guide to spiritual discovery

2.  Never too late to make a U-Turn: An Educational Pledge & 15 Questions to Self-Development, December 2008, Nubian Voices, 2nd Printing

3.  Doña Julia and other selected poems, November 2002, Nubian Voices, 2nd Printing (2008)

4.  Roots to Reality, from a poetry recital and cultural presentation, Cultural Diversity Series, sponsored by the New York State Department of Health, Albany, NY, 1997

5.  The Disintegration of the Puerto Ricans, a collection of poems, published in 1997, Don Pedro Enterprises, USA, Ltd., New York, NY. The book was reprinted again in 2007.

6. Echolalia, Verse & Vibrations, a collection of poems, published in 1989, Calton Press, New York, NY

7. Echoes, six poems, published in 1987, A Place for Poets, New York, NY

8. Guild Press Anthologies, featured in over eight (8) anthologies published by Guild Press, publisher of Black, Asian and Latino poets and writers, 1987-1996


For more information visit the author's website: www.educationalpledge.com