Latin Literary Conference 2017

"Eddie's Perejil"

Friday, April 14, 2017
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Moot Court, 6th floor, New Building

Performed by Edward Paulino, John Jay College
Collaborator and Director, Samantha Galarza

"Eddie's Perejil" is the story of a working-class Dominican-American college student who stumbles upon an archival document describing the 1937 Haitian Massacre, "el Corte." This discovery forces Eddie to recognize and navigate the complexities of how one's identity, cultural inheritance, and subsequent privilege/status, shifts with geographical borders. In this 1-man autobiographical play, Eddie takes the audience on a journey from life in the 1970s in the LES of New York City to the streets of Santo Domingo, telling anecdotes about life in both places and re-enacting interviews done with Dominicans who participated in the 1937 Haitian Massacre.

Edward Paulino is an assistant professor in the department of global history at John Jay College/CUNY where among the several courses he teaches is the History of Genocide. A Latin Americanist and Caribbeanist by training his book entitled "Dividing Hispaniola: the Dominican Republic's Border Campaign against Haiti, 1930-1961," traces the origin and relationship of the Dominican state with Haiti through its porous border region and its local citizens, including genocidal policies such as the 1937 genocidal massacre. He is a co-founder of Border of Lights (, an organization that since 2012 remembers the victims of 1937 while promoting solidarity and understanding between Haitians and Dominicans. He has also written and performed his first play "Eddie's Perejil" about how the 1937 Haitian massacre challenged his romanticized notion of a diasporic Dominican identity in NYC. His research has been supported by the Fulbright Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the PSC-CUNY Research Foundation.


Samantha Galarza is a queer, mixed-race, Puerto Rican, SAG-AFTRA actress/writer/singer/performance artist/educator/director/professional ranter. As an art-ivist, her work explores queer identity politics, the policing of bodies, systemic and internalized racism, love, substance abuse, migration, xenophobia, and the U.S. prison industrial complex. Ultimately a storyteller, her dream is to bridge the gap between mainstream media and "de-colonial" art. Her original work has been published in award-winning anthologies and performed internationally and throughout the U.S. Samantha is alum of Rutgers University, the Hemispheric Institute's EmergeNYC program, and fellow of La Pocha Nostra and EmergeLab residency at BAX. She is co-founder of the performance collective A Beautiful Desperation, board member of Jersey Arts Exchange, and a member of Alternate Roots.