Name

Melida G. Rodas

About

Melida G. Rodas was chosen by Jersey City Mayor, Steve M. Fulop, to serve as the first inaugural poet for The City of Jersey City. On July 1, 2013, she delivered her poem, “THERE IN A CITY, our JERSEY CITY,” before an audience of 2,000 people. Her performance is available on the web at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhJsj0jOK8E.

Ms. Rodas is a teacher, writer and multimedia artist whose work has been featured in anthologies from publishers such as Oxford University Press, Pearson, and The Feminist Press where it appeared next to works by such authors as James Joyce, Jamaica Kincaid, and Martin Espada.

As guest speaker she has presented her written works at a variety of venues, including:

The American Italian Historical Association Conference
The Newark Museum
Barnes & Noble
New York University
Marist College
New Jersey City University
Saint Peter’s University

Also she co-authored the theatrical piece, The Heist Project, inspired by the largest unsolved art theft in American history and the closing of the 111 First Street Arts Center in Jersey City. Produced by Art House Productions this play sold out all of its performances.

Ms. Rodas is the recipient of a grant from PROARTS in partnership with Sustainable Jersey City, for “Illuminations ~ Words for Change”, an eco-work which promotes poetry and art by projecting images and words onto the urban landscape.

Her collaborative - media works have been screened at:

The Jersey City Museum
Lowe’s Landmark Theater
The Hoboken Historical Museum
New Jersey City University

She has facilitated poetry and memoir workshops at conferences sponsored by:
Rutgers University
Saint Peter’s College
New Jersey City University
Hudson County Community College

Furthermore she has taught Visual Arts at various schools in Bayonne and Jersey City.

Her art has been showcased at:

NJCU Visual Arts Gallery
Museum Casa Colombo
Pierro Gallery
Parlay Studio
Brennan Gallery
Courtney Gallery
Art House Productions
Cathedral Arts Festival
Pro Arts Annual Exhibit
The Jersey City Studio Tour
and various other venues.

She is currently working on a memoir titled “Me Llamo Guadalupe ”. Like a Mayan tapestry, it is a work of color embroidered by memories and present time experiences. Her words are threaded by Mayan art, Central American customs, Guatemalan food, North American culture, urban life, religious tradition and spiritualism.

Specialties

  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • and Multi Media