Dominican poet Gustavo Adolfo Aybar was raised in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami Beach. A Cave Canem fellow, and vice-president of the Latino Writers Collective; his publications include: Primera Pagina, Black Magnolias, Oranges & Sardines. Gustavo's CV
Using baseball as a major focal point, Stealing Home discusses my Dominican heritage, its culture, food, language, my family, and the loss of them all. In discussing the social role, which the business of the sport has failed to undertake, my goal is to present the unethical behavior of the scouts, the rampant use of performance enhancing drugs, identity fraud, and how together they shaped or misshaped the island's economy. The manuscript examines other themes, combining my personal memoir, to question the motives of the financial institution known as Major League Baseball. This will generate a creative literary text with a social responsibility.
To guarantee success, I want to spend a 2-week stay in New York researching at CUNY's Dominican Studies Institute, viewing their film, video, and audio archives; studying El Museo del Barrio's permanent Taino collection; visiting and networking with the Alliance of Dominican American Visual Artists; and going to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. I also plan on having two readings and youth workshops in New York, and many others in the local Kansas City area. Simply stated, my aim is to travel, study, learn, create, share, educate, and empower.