Once in a while, a poet comes along whose words dance on the page, captivating readers with their lyrical prowess. Mario Jose Pagán Morales is one such poet, whose talent and passion for the written word have left an indelible mark on the literary world. Born with a gift for storytelling and a deep appreciation for the beauty of language, Mario has woven together his experiences and emotions to create a collection of poems that transcend time and touch the hearts of all who read them. His artistry has proven to be effective in the revitalization of the Nuyorican creed and tradition.

In his acclaimed book, “Receta,” which was released in April 2022, Mario invites readers into his world – a world where love, loss, joy, and pain coexist in perfect harmony. Through his verses, he paints vivid pictures that evoke raw emotions and invite introspection. – Every poem is meticulously fashioned, much like a complex recipe that skillfully blends the ideal components to move the depths of the soul.

Mario’s journey as a poet began at an early age when he discovered solace in penning down his thoughts and feelings. As he grew older, his passion for poetry intensified, fueling his desire to share his art with others. With “Receta,” he accomplishes just that – offering readers a taste of his unique perspective on life’s complexities and the Puerto Rican experience.

LaSopa alumnus Mario (Ponce) José Pagán Morales is a founding member of the Títere Poets, a writing group that delves into the limits of masculinity, vulnerability, and male trauma. Mario has performed at Capicu Culture People’s Open Mic, Great Weather for Media, 32 Poets for Oscar Lopez Rivera, and Who Needs Healing? Additionally, he serves as the co-host of Pan Con Títeres, a podcast that delves into the connection between poetry, trauma, mental health, and Puerto Rican identity, on a monthly basis. – His work has been showcased in both Sofrito For Your Soul and the forthcoming Great Weather For Media Anthology: Birds Fall Silent in the Mechanical Sea.

No one can deny the impact of Mario Jose Pagán Morales’ poetry and his book “Receta.” Through his powerful words, he reminds us of the profound connection we share as human beings. As we turn each page, we are reminded that poetry has the power to heal, inspire, and ignite our souls. Mario Jose Pagán Morales is not just a poet – he is a guiding light, leading us through the labyrinth of emotions and leaving an everlasting imprint on our hearts. It is with great honor that I am happy to announce  Mario Jose Pagán Morales as the recipient of the Warlock Asylum International News 2022 Poet of the Year Award! Much gratitude and all the best in your artistic endeavors.

Warlock Asylum International News 2022 Poet of the Year Award: Mario Jose Pagan Morales

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