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Nancy Mercado

Nancy Mercado has a doctoral degree from Binghamton University- SUNY. She is the author of It Concerns The Madness (Long Shot Productions). Most recently she served as the editor of: if the world were mine, a children’s anthology published by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Her work has been anthologized in: From Totems to Hip-Hop: A Multicultural Anthology of Poetry Across the Americas, 1900-2002 edited by Ishmael Reed (Thunder’s Mouth Press); Poetry After 911: An anthology of New York Poets (Melville House Publishers); Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art (Third World Press); Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam (Crown Publishing); Identity Lessons: Contemporary Writing About Learning to be American (Penguin); Changer L’Amérique Anthologie De La Poésie Protestataire Des USA (Maison De La Poésie); In Defense Of Mumia (Writers and Readers Press); and ALOUD: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café (Henry Holt).

Mercado served, for eleven years, as an editor of Long Shot Magazine, and as the publication’s editor-in-chief for one of those years.

Her work has appeared in many literary magazines, some of which include: Columbia University’s City Magazine, El Boletin del Centro from Hunter College-CUNY, GARE MARITIME published in France, New York University publications; Brownstone Magazine, The Gallatin Review and other publications: A Gathering of the Tribes, Drum Voices, Long Shot, The Paterson Literary Review and Rattapallax 10.

Nancy Mercado authored seven theatre plays for young adults, which have all been produced and has presented her work throughout the US, Europe and in Canada.

nmercado at mindspring dot com




What Archeologists Will Say

In our home each room
Is a different color
All the walls are made of cement
Except the doors
They’re made of cheap wood
They’re just doors that work

In thousands of years archeologists
Will dig up our Puerto Rican home
And say my family lived in a hut
These scientists will say
We were a practical people
We were villagers who were poor
They will say we used
Simple dishes to eat from
We had great mastery
Of utensils and cookware

In thousands of years
Archeologists will dig us up
And judging from the structure
Of our skulls they will estimate
We had dark pigmentation
We were small in stature
They will say my family was
A peaceful tribe
They will never know
Who we really were



© Nancy Mercado



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