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Jael Uribe Nominada Poeta Laureada en Conneticut



Maravillosas noticias! Gracias al “Festival Nacional de Poesía Beat” (National Beat Poetry Festival y a la Beat Poetry Foundation) de Connecticut, USA por haberme nombrado como su “Poeta Internacional Laureada” (International Beat Poet Laureate) del año 2018-2019. Estoy sumamente honrada y gratamente sorprendida. Es un honor! Espero pronto poder estar entre ustedes.

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Happy news! Thanks to the National Beat Poetry Festival and the Beat Poetry Foundation, for awarding me as their “International Beat Poet Laureate for 2018-2019”. It is such an honor and a blessing! Hope I’m soon among you, guys!

Jael Uribe en la revista Fierce by Mitú




Muchas gracias a la Revista Fierce by Mitú por incluirme en su listado de las 14 escritoras dominicanas cuyos libros debes leer. Estoy honrada y gratamente sorprendida de contarme entre las voces femeninas que representan mi país con las letras que amo.

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Jael Uribe-Acceptance Speech for Freedom of Expression Award (Oslo-Norway)

 
Jael Uribe Acceptance Speech for the Freedom of Expression Award 2016, Oslo Norway



March 25th, 2017- Dear distinguished Committee and members of Norwegian Author’s Union, special guests, ladies and gentleman. Please accept my deepest gratitude for your kind invitation to this beautiful country. I’m thrilled to be among you, and for being considered for this priceless award!

When I first received an e-mail claiming that I’ve been awarded a prize in Norway, the only word that crossed my mind was SCAM. DELETE IT, DELETE IT, DELETE IT!

Sorry to say that, but being an online mouse for so many years teaches you than on Internet, “If it sounds too good to be true…” it most probably is!

I was on denial but still, something inside of me told me to “play along with it” and I’m glad I did because here I am, a few months later.

I guess deep inside, I refused to believe recognition for my so many years of hard, yet constant work would come from such a faraway place as Norway is. In fact, I refused to believe people would even feel the need of awarding me for anything, at all!


This world is rough to those who stand by their dreams; for those who are considered fighters don’t wait to receive compensation for giving it all for the sake of humankind. They just do what they have to, and go on.

“Freedom of Expression” speaks to me about SILENCE. It tells me about the fight of Susana Chavez’s mother, standing outside, on the stairs of justice, waiting for an answer for her daughter’s murder. It tells me and about the so many other women, marching every year on March in other parts of this world, claiming for their rights in countries where OBLIBION is the principal law.


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Sometimes it takes even more strength to remain silent, than it does to speak. That is what’s happening to many women out there, who don’t dare to raise their voices.

But I didn’t come here to build pedestal for me, so you could understand how on earth I became to be “rewarded” for raising my voice, so other women could have their right to speak. I’m here to tell you how we’ve lived, and how hard it’s been for all of us, in case you didn’t know. What it is to be in our shoes and waking up every single day wanting to become somebody, to become noticed and valued, and not to be silenced anymore.

Well now that I am being noticed, I’m taking my chance to talk for them, hoping that through me, theirs voices are also heard beside mine. I’m here for them as for my cause, for the women writing Landai in Pashto poetry hiding in Afghanistan, hopping someone would hear them scream. For the Dominican young female writers who tell me how much they admire me and wish to be like me when they grow older.  

But it is not easy to be me; it’s not easy to be a woman anywhere and, it’s even harder to be a writer, in a hard of hearing world that doesn’t care about your voice, at all. It takes a double effort to us women and yes, a little bit of luck.

Back in 1996 I was diagnosed with many health problems, Cancer, was among them. I thought hearing the news out of my doctor’s mouth was the worst thing that I could ever face in my life but, I was wrong. Despair, giving up, losing faith and joy, were the biggest battles I had yet to overcome.

Even when my doctor’s “miracle hands” saved me and managed to cast away some of my shadows, I was unable to prevail over nightmare. Only half the battle to regain myself was won. I lost everything: My well paid job, my friends, my money, stability, and ended up feeling useless, sore and miserable.

After many months of lying in bed with horrible pain, unable to walk and hunted by the memories that confined me to silence, I knew I had to find a way to make myself relevant. I knew I had to hold on but, I was just too tired.

Writing poetry was a therapy for me, for I find in it the courage I needed to raise my voice again. Internet became my “best friend”, a non-judgmental companion. I began posting my poems online; in a blog I used to relief myself from anger and impotence. It helped me a lot when I started to receive feedback from other women writers who where in similar or worst situations than me and still, gave me the confidence I needed to believe in the power of my words. They gave me an unexpected sense of value and self-esteem boost. I thought the healing energy that came from their words was something tremendous, something that needed to be taken beyond the ordinary.

I wanted them to have a space of their own to share poetry and read each other’s work, so I decided to create a simple Facebook page for them. I called it Women Poets International with no pretensions than to be a place to unite women with powerful poetic voices and, who were touched by distress just like me.

In less than a year, my little page became a movement with over 400 contributors, but I still believed that we all had too much to say to the world to be contained into a single page.

One night the idea of making an international poetry festival came to me like a premonition. The Woman Scream name suddenly jumped out of my hat into my hands and guys, I must tell you -I trembled.  It was more than just a funny phrase. It was a command.



Woman Scream became a real project, an international poetry festival, as a simultaneous chain of events coordinated by local women on their cities. The idea was to give a stage to all the talented female poets who we encountered, who didn’t have the resources or the opportunity to raise their voices on a significant poetry event.

The first Woman Scream Festival was to start in March 2011 and to my surprise, women of 17 different counties and 44 cities volunteered. Events where to be coordinated by women who mostly, had no experienced in cultural affairs.

By January of the same year, the activist and poetess Susana Chavez was killed in Mexico, for speaking up for women’s rights in Juarez city. Her death, made us aware of the many women out there being mistreated and abused. Her example showed us the ugly truth hidden behind those who are hunted merely for raising their voices.

Woman Scream found then a new direction, and became a cause, an awareness platform to motivate poets all over the world to speak up for those women whose voices are silenced by violence, low self-teem and oblivion. We got united to achieve a better goal.

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Sometimes, when violence speaks louder, silence is the highest scream. Go tell that to Nadia Anjuman, killed for raising her voice through poetry, tell it to the young girls kidnapped in Chibok, the dead ones, the few survivors remained whose tongues had been chopped off by  rape and men’s stupidity. Go tell the ones mutilated by acid, the women buried under the desert sun like Desert Flowers, stoned to death by ignorance and misogyny, go tell the women buried as trash in Juarez city, the little girls who suffer genital mutilation (FGM), to the 9 years old Leyla Mafi, raped by her brothers and sold as prostitute by her own family, tell it to Malala, to Liu Xia, to San San Nweh, tell women in India, in Haiti, to the little girls abused who recently died in Guatemala on March 8th, and tell all the unnamed women out there that their SCREAM and their suffering has not been in vain, for they shall not be unheard.

There is no use to tell them silence is the best way to regain their power, to tell them to behave. No matter if you tell them there is no freedom; go tell them all the lies you wish to say! But I guarantee you the scream of the ones alive will be louder, the ones who still remain and won’t be covered by silence, will still rise for them.

Our Woman Scream has now been heard in over 70 countries; it has celebrated over 700 worldwide events with the help of volunteer’s female poets and artists and, even men. It has been translated in up to 10 languages, our message can’t be untold. It has been heard!



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This Freedom of Expression Award reminds me about all the tears and frustration I’ve been through, about hunger, and long lonely nights being left behind, accused and criticized by the ones who I thought, mattered the most. But it also speaks to me about the loud power of resilience, and persistence, about never giving up. No matter if I didn’t see where the road inside my voice would take me; I knew I should never stop raising my voice.

I most say it is an honor for me to share this prize with the previous awarded deserving writers, including the ones from Latin America. And it is even a greater honor to accept it not only on behalf of the Woman Scream (Grito de Mujer) cause but also, on behalf of my country the Dominican Republic.

I share this joy with my worldwide team for adopting my idea with so much love and courage and, making it a shared dream. Thanks to my Dominican team Eduardo, Gennie, Angelica, Erly, and the so many others who had been by my side when going through it all. I wouldn’t have done it without them.

I dedicate this award to my mom and dad, for teaching me the value of silence and, the quality of speaking up for myself and others, to my brothers and sisters, for being the reason for my writing and constant fight, and to all the Dominican friends struggling to get their work into the open out of our land. I wish them to know it is possible; I am here as proof.

Finally, I thank God all mighty, in whose hands, all justice prevails.
Good evening,  




Jael Uribe
President of Women Poets International Movement
Founder of Woman Scream International Poetry and Arts Festival

 
 
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Mujeres que cavan su tumba mientras caminan-Jael Uribe

Discurso Apertura Grito de Mujer 2018-Toluca México



Por Jael Uribe

Presidenta Movimiento Mujeres Poetas Internacional


A diario, en mi otro pedacito del mundo, despertamos a la sombra de la violencia. Los crímenes contra las mujeres, son el desayuno nuestro de cada día. Una viaja por el mundo esperando encontrarse con una realidad diferente, una busca la esperanza, para encontrarse tristemente, con más lo mismo: mujeres sumergidas en la muerte, mujeres víctimas de toda clase de violencia, portadas de periódicos colmadas de feminicidio y nombres de mujeres cautivos de las estadísticas.

Muchas veces he reflexionado sobre lo mismo: Acaso, las mujeres ¿nos habremos ganado ese puesto tan infame, gracias al maltrato que nos hemos auto infligido? Quizá no sea culpa de las leyes que nos rigen, ni de los hombres que nos maltratan, ¿qué tal si es sólo fruto de nuestro egoísmo? de la tendencia destructiva de amar mucho más el rostro de nuestra ignorancia, de mantenernos constantemente sumergidas en el oscurantismo. Todas gritamos por un cambio, pero ninguna hacemos nada por prepararnos, ni por formar parte de los proyectos donde podemos hacer la diferencia. ¿Entonces? si delegamos en los hombres una responsabilidad que es tan nuestra ¿acaso, podemos quejarnos? nuestro amor por el servilismo nos ha suspendido en el tiempo, nos ha resignado a aceptar como buenas y válidas las injusticias. ¿Cómo puede una mujer levantarse si se encuentra permanentemente de rodillas?

Trato a diario con decenas de mujeres, mujeres que no sólo han sido maltratadas por otros, sino que también se vienen violentado a sí mismas por años, sin notarlo. No me refiero a la violencia física, hay un estado de auto flagelación y sabotaje que se pasa por alto y que, muchas de nosotras practicamos durante todas nuestras vidas. El hecho de ser una espectadora a distancia me ha permitido entender por qué muchas no “levantamos vuelo”, ni llegamos a ninguna parte. Hemos vivido tanto tiempo en auto comparecencia, hasta terminar creyendo que el mundo realmente está en nuestra contra. Somos las mismas mujeres que decimos querer grandes cambios: En nuestros hogares, nuestros trabajos, en nuestras leyes, en nuestros gobernantes, en nuestros países. Somos las mismas que soñamos con ser alguien, pero nunca avanzamos porque con la misma pala con la que limpiamos nuestros zapatos, vamos cavando nuestra propia tumba y echándole tierra a las otras, a nuestro paso.

He podido prestarles a cientos de mujeres mi sueño, este Grito de Mujer. He visto con agrado lo que muchas han hecho con él. Hay grandeza en una madre que se levanta temprano, atiende a su familia, sale a ganarse el pan, estudia para ser alguien, escribe una buena poesía, llora por un mundo mejor entre el lavado y la cena, y encima, se entrega a coordinar de la nada un festival como Grito de Mujer. ¡Hay mujeres que me no terminan de asombrarme! En verdad ¡somos seres increíbles! más de lo que nos han concedido. Valor, constancia y resiliencia, he ahí la esencia de lo que significa ser mujer.

Pero también he podido constatar la otra cara de la moneda. También he dado semillas a tierras muy áridas, mujeres difíciles de persuadir. Quizá porque dentro llevo un faro de esperanza, quizá porque me niego a ver a otra hermana arrastrarse hacia el abismo con sus hijos al rastro: La miseria, la ambición desmedida, el irrespeto, la baja autoestima, el odio, la desigualdad y el hambre. Hijos, que ninguna de ellas debería cargar sobre sus hombros.

He visto mujeres morderse las manos, negarse al más mínimo acto de apoyo que las beneficie, porque en el fondo, no conocen el verdadero rostro de la solidaridad. Veo en ellas no un abismo, sino un terreno donde empezar a sembrar un futuro sin violencia posible. Creo que se puede lograr. Una aprende que hay tierras tan escabrosas que asustan, pero siempre nos queda la esperanza.

Hay mujeres vencidas por sí mismas desde antes de empezar a caminar ¡Mujeres vegetando en la pena, señores! sacando sus llagas por fuera de sus faldas, viviendo de la lástima y la necesidad. No niego que a veces me duele ser espectadora. No quiero ver caer al barranco nuestra lucha, mientras culpamos a las leyes, a los gobiernos y a los hombres machistas por un destino que ha sido, desde siempre, nuestra propia responsabilidad. ¡Las actitudes mezquinas que adoptamos no nos han permitido tocar la trascendencia, mujeres! ni nos han dejado mostrar que somos mucho más.

Aquí estamos, aspirando ser un faro de esperanza, deseando que, cuando Grito de Mujer parta de cada pais, a recorrer el mundo y los más de 30 países, deje entre ustedes su legado, su magia. Una lámpara encendida en el corazón de las mujeres que ningún abuso pueda apagar. Ninguna de ustedes debe vivir con los ojos cerrados, ninguna debe seguir anclada en la oscuridad.

“¿Dónde están mis hermanas, las valientes?” las que batallan en un mundo donde todas las puertas y ventanas se cierran, pero no se dejan derribar. Las que solo buscan lanzar su GRITO, las que son su propia ventana-puerta y se permiten mirar poco más allá.

Porque yo también he visto entre ustedes mujeres fuertes, sin miedo de avance. Sin importar que tan alta les pongan la barda, siempre saltan y se posan en el lugar que les corresponde sin temor. Muchas de ustedes están ahora donde soñaron, donde MUCHOS les dijeron que no podían llegar.

Ustedes son mis faros de esperanza, y por eso les dedico este último pensamiento: “siempre se puede ser luz, aunque las sombras se levanten altas, no existe grandeza, sin oscuridad”. 

¡Adelante siempre!