The Acentos Review - Youth

Guest Editor


Fish Vargas is a Bronx-born Nuyorican poet. He has shared his words and experience at countless poetry venues, fundraisers, festivals, universities throughout NYC and the United States. He has been a featured performer at Cornelia Street Cafe, First Wednesday for the Bronx Council on the Arts, Universal hip-hop Parade in honor of Marcus Garvey, Uppercase at Bar 13, Illinois State University, University of William Paterson, University of Albany, University of Ramapo. He was a featured performer at Voice for the Voiceless in Amherst College in Massachusetts 2003 and 2004. In 2004, he claimed victory against 34 slam masters competing on a national level. In 2007, he was a featured performer at the Kosmopolis Literature festival in Barcelona Spain. 

He is a founding member Acentos Bronx Poetry Showcase, Acentos Writers Workshop, and the Acentos Foundation based in the the Bronx. He was the co-host of louder Monday at Bar 13. He also is a member of the LouderARTS Project Artist organization. He facilitates workshops for the Osborne Association/Freshstart Program at Rikers Island teaching inmates creative writing and poetry for 13 years running. He is also a youth mentor with Urban Word NYC, Bronxworks, Youth Speaks SF, Dominican College, E3 and a teaching Artist with SF Jazz. In 2012, he coached the Bay Area youth team competing at Brave New Voices to a 4th place finish. 

In 2012, the world is on the verge of chaos. There is ugliness at every turn and as a poet, we are here to facilitate the proper words with truth and beauty to describe our world. Today, we live as writers and we search around us and sometimes we just have to look inside us to understand our struggles.   

Don't tell me a story, show me what makes the world around you truthful in all her beauty.