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Everyone Tells My West Side Story but Me

From: Bigotry on Broadway


The author explores the history, storyline, and issues of West Side Story, looking at issues of typecasting and racism. The author argues that Puerto Ricans are not the ones telling their West Side Story; white American men are telling this story.



Nancy Mercado

Nancy Mercado, PhD, was named one of 200 living individuals who best embody the work and spirit of Frederick Douglass, on the bicentennial of his birthday, by the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives and the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. She is the recipient of the 2017 American Book Award for Lifetime Achievement presented by the Before Columbus Foundation. Editor of the first Nuyorican Women Writers Anthology published in Voices e-Magazine of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College—CUNY, Mercado is a guest curator for the Museum of American Poetics. She has been featured on National Public Radio’s The Talk of the Nation and on the PBS NewsHour Special “America Remembers 9/11” and is the author of It Concerns the Madness (a poetry collection), Las Tres Hermanas (a children’s coloring book), and is the editor of if the world were mine (a young adult anthology). Mercado holds a doctoral degree in English Literature. Visit: