MULTIDISCIPLINARY ARTIST, WRITER, POET, EDUCATOR & COACH

Orlando Ferrand
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BEGINNINGS
   
My relationship with Arts & Letters date back to my childhood and teenage years in Cuba where I attended Cubanacan, one of the most selective and prestigious multidisciplinary conservatories in the world. I committed to studying and working in the arts when I was about 11,  after a stardom-bound journey through children's musical theater and radio soap operas in my native Santiago de Cuba. Believe me when I tell you that I had lots of fun. It was the glamorous '70s and ‘80s and the world was then a glittering happy place, at least in my hometown. It was there where I saw colors for the first time, like shooting stars piercing holes on the sails of pirate galleons lost in the waves not of the sea, but of the drums under the Caribbean starry skies. I was held  in Grandma's arms as she danced on the streets during Carnival festivities seducing all eyes with her hip acrobatics. The air  blew throughout our bodies intertwined with the Chinese trumpet, the violin, the laud and the guitar. I was five and had already been claimed by a multitude of ethnic ancestors wrapped in tongues of fire: the Afro-Cubans, the French, the Haitians, the Jamaicans and the Sephardic Jews. The Carnival celebration was our only breath of freedom. So, I grew up to find my voice in the Arts & Letters, the only space where freedom can never be misspelled.
   
 
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SERVICES

  1. Translator
    In this area of expertise, I specialize in English to Spanish and Spanish to English translations of poetry, short stories, plays and non-fiction: essays, articles, subtitles for feature films, commercials and documentaries. Translations of poetry from French, Italian and Portuguese into English are also available.
  2. Lecturer
    English and Comparative Literature Topics: English Romantic Writers Hispanic Literature in English in the United States Postmodernism Anglophone Caribbean Literature Cuban-American Literature Analytical Psychology and Literature Russian Cinematography
  3. Writing Coach
    I can offer coaching in all sorts of writing. In essence, all writing can be creative. My approach to the writing process is organic. I recognize that there is a healing benefit derived from the informed practice of creative writing. However, as a coach, my focus is to get you to write, to master the skills you need for the particular genre you are working on, and to unblock you.
MORE

  1. Multidisciplinary series of workshops at Hostos from 2/7/16 - 4/17/16
    Underneath the Accent of My Skin
  2. CITYWALKER
    Gold Medal in the Readers Favorite Book Review
  3. ALL MY BOOKS
    Available from barnesandnoble.com, amazon.com and La Casa Azul Bookstore
  4. UNPLUGGED
    Lehman College
  5. LA OTRA ISLA (Spanish Edition)
    Linden Lane Press Poetry Prize
  6. APOLOGIA: CUBAN CHILDHOOD IN MY BACKPACK
    2012 Book of the Semester at Hostos, CUNY
  7. Underneath Bronx Africa: A Reading Celebrating Our African Ancestors
    April 7, 2016 from 6:00 - 10:00 PM at Hostos Community College 500 Grand Concourse, Room C-391 Bronx, NY 10451