What is The Abuela Stories Project?
Grandmother, Abuela, Nana, Mamá- no matter what term of endearment we use to describe them, Abuelas play a pivotal role in our identity, our customs, and in our conditioning whether it be through chancletazos, gentle hugs, or in vivid memories.
The Abuela Stories Project presented by Robleswrites Productions intends to highlight the essence of Abuelas, their guidance, distinctive personalities, and detriments through original works of poetry, prose, and photography. Award winning poet Peggy Robles-Alvarado created this project after becoming an Abuela in her early thirties and as an act of creative rebellion against those who found little value in stories about these modern day matriarchs. Peggy seeks to depict Abuelas whose roles and delineations continue to evolve within present day parameters.
Peggy has partnered with Bronx based visual artist and photographer Daisy Arroyo. Daisy photographed several Abuelas while engaging them in candid conversations about the moments in their lives that helped strengthen their title of Abuela. Her images will serve as inspiration for a group of invited female writers to create passionate and sometimes painful original works that tell of Abuelas and the lives they have touched.
The Abuela Stories Project is in the early phase of production where photography and writing is in development. The website abuelastories.com is also in progress under Robleswrites Productions. The goal of this project it to create an anthology of original photographs and writing. The Abuela Stories Project will have gallery exhibitions and several readings to promote the book.
Peggy Robles-Alvarado and Daisy Arroyo are bringing distinct Abuelas out of the kitchen, from past memory into present day, and into the spotlight, to take an intimate look at the lessons they offer new generations.
This is not just another Abuela story, this is THE ABUELA STORIES PROJECT!