Sagrada Familia: A Poetry Celebration of Mother’s Day


The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (NMPRAC) presents, SAGRADA FAMILIA, the newest book by author Johanny Vázquez Paz

CHICAGO, Illinois (Humboldt Park) – The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (NMPRAC) is pleased to present the book, Sagrada Familia, by author Johanny Vázquez Paz on Friday, May 8th, 2015 at 6 pm. The meet and greet will include the reading of various poems by the Puerto Rican Poet who resides in Chicago. Sagrada Familia is a finalist in the International Latino Book Awards.

This captivating poetry book celebrates the Puerto Rican family, especially the mother and woman as the matriarchs of the family and guides of spiritual and moral lessons inside the household. The book was published by the Puerto Rican publisher, Isla Negra Editores, and was selected by the Puerto Rican newspaper, El Nuevo Día, among the most memorable books of the year 2014. José Borges, literary critic of El Nuevo Día, wrote: “Sagrada Familia, written by Johanny Vázquez Paz, is a poetry book in which the author pays tribute to her family in an honest and touching way, and where she criticizes, analyzesand even praises … two of the most sacred institutions, the family and religion, from a Puerto Rican point of view.” A selection of poems included in Sagrada Familia received the first prize of theConsenso Short Story and Poetry Contest of Northeastern Illinois University in 2012. The book is divided in six sections, the first five with original poems written in Spanish, and the last one with two original poems written in Spanglish and ten poems from the book that were translated into English by the author.


“As the only Puerto Rican museum outside of Puerto Rico, we are very excited to present a poetry book written by one of our own. Don’t miss Johanny as she pays tribute to the Puerto Rican Family as only she can, an expression full of deep thoughts and emotions”, stated Billy Ocasio, CEO of NMPRAC.


Given the proximity of Mother’s Day, we invite everyone to join us with your family. The museum doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and the reading will start at 7:00 p.m. This event is free of charge.


DATE:  May 8, 2015

TIME:  6pm

Location: The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture

3015 W. Division Street, Chicago, IL 60622