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Publications – Interviews – Essays

Publications: Click on titles for links

That’s a Pretty Thing to Call it: Prose and poetry by artists working in carceral institutions , edited by Leigh Sugar. Excerpts of La Paloma Prisoner and Here to be Seen plays. New Village Press, 2023

The Sentences That Create Us: Crafting a Writer’s Life in Prison, edited by Caits Meissner. Featured essayist in a collection of writing exercises devised specifically for incarcerated communities. Pen American and Haymarket Books, 2022.

Performing #MeToo: How Not to Look Away, edited by Judith Rudakoff, within essay by contributing author Yvette Heyliger. Featured excerpts of the monologue, The Virgin Stripper and Almazan’s performance techniques that address sexual harassment. Intellect Books Publishing, 2021.

The Flash paper, A Theatre Journal: Theatre Thoughts on Right Now: Issue 1:  Publication of the short play, The Theatre Of…  Written in response to the coronavirus pandemic and how it will effect the theatre field. Forward by David Henry Hwang. Yonkers International Press, 2020.

La Paloma Prisoner excerpt and interview with Alessandro Clericuzio in Performing Gender and Violence in National and Transnational Contexts ; Edited by Maria Anita Stefanelli. Published by L.E.D. Edizioni universitarie di Letterature Economia Diritto, Milano, in 2017. One of five playwrights selected for World Theatre Day: Performing Gender and Violence in Contemporary National and Transnational Contexts Conference in Rome, Italy. MORE HERE

When I Came Home, short play published in 48 Hours in… El Bronx: An Anthology of 10- Minute Plays, Presented and Published by Harlem 9, Inc. A groundbreaking anthology of inspired ten-minute plays by 12 new and emerging Latin playwrights, presented by the OBIE Award-Winning Harlem9, Inc., presenters of the annual “48Hours in… Harlem” festival. 2018.

CAFÉ(Luisa Character) Monologue selected for “The Best Women’s Stage Monologues of 2015 collection published by Smith and Kraus, edited by Lawrence Harbison, 2015.

Ancestor Sessions article included in Teaching Artists Journal: Free Time: Inquiries into Prison Arts Education. Excerpt publication titled (Investigative Lesson Plan) in association with New York University published by Taylor and Francis Group.  Article based on facilitation for incarcerated women. 2018.

Featured in The Dramatist Magazine on the topic of how Almazan uses food as a cultural Ritual in philosophy and play building. July/August Issue 2014.

Interviews: Click on titles for links

Featured,  W Magazine:Chelsea Factory Aims to Fill the Live Arts Void Covid-19 Wrought: Almazan dialogues about her artist residency participation in developing La Paloma Prisoner and El Odio de un Pais through a de-colonizing process. 2022

Featured,“20 Theatre Figures on How to Revolutionize their World The New York Times, 2020.

Featured, The Human’s Review: Surviving in a New World and New Medium  by Jesse Green, 2020.

#PENTen interview with Raquel Almazan about how the interdisciplinary artist-activist believes identity interacts with creative processes and products. Raquel also shares feminist book recommendations. 2020.

3Views on Theatre: Bret Adams Grant Recipient Interview: Featuring excerpts and the process of developing La Paloma Prisoner, 2020.

Life Jacket Theatre Interview: embracing radical inclusivity, telling urgent undertold stories, and rethinking the future of theatre, 2020.

PEN America’s Works of Justice interview, artist Raquel Almazan discusses her play “La Paloma Prisoner,” her experience writing about incarcerated women of color, and the intersection of literature, free expression, and the fight for justice. 2019.

The Huffington Post article: Raquel Almazan On Art, Struggle and Transformative Action. A series of interviews with extraordinary people who are working in partnership with or using their skills and training as artists and humanists to improve their communities and advance our understanding of the human condition.

Contributor to the May/June 2017 Dramatists Magazine, for it’s issue on Retreats and Residencies, featuring the process of La Paloma Prisoner.

La Paloma Prisoner Celebrity Scoop Magazine: The process of writing about women in prison, interviewed by Colombian journalist Sandra Escallon.

Interview with David Davila of Crazy Town blog: An Artist’s Asylum – Career overview and The making of Porning the Planet solo show.

Interview with Alessandro Clericuzio in Rome, Italy at the “Performing Gender and Violence in Contemporary National and Transnational Contexts Conference” for World Theatre Day.

Backstage Magazine “NY Students Look to Future Stage”- interview on teaching performance and playwriting for Broadway bound students in New York City public schools, with Fidelity Investments Future Stage Program. Available upon request


Call and Response: Wole Soyinka’s Death and The King’s Horseman Columbia University

Aspects of African Theatre: Ritual, Oral History, Mask and Dance University of Florida