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artist , Secondary education educator , writer

José Baptista Brites, Portuguese, American Secondary education educator, writer, artist. Certified secondary teacher, Rhode Island. Recipient Community award Portuguese American Citizens, 1984, 1st prize inseveral poetry contests, citations from Sen. Claiborne Pell, 1984, Governor Joseph Garrahy, 1984, Mayor Henry S. Kinch, 1979, New Bedford Mayor Rosemary Tierney; honored by CASA District Attorney SAUDADE Library., 1995.

Background

Brites, José Baptista was born on June 7, 1945 in Alcorochel, Torres Novas, Portugal. Came to the United States, 1970. Son of José and Ludovina (Guia) Brites.

Education

Bachelor in Art, Brown University, 1981. Bachelor in Language, Brown University, 1981. Master of Education, Brown University, 1982.

Career

Interpreter, Davies Vocational High School, Lincoln, Rhode Island, 1983-1986;bilingual teacher, Davies Vocational High School, 1986-1987;LEP teacher, coordinator, Davies Vocational High School, 1987-1996;guidance counselor, Davies Vocational High School, since 1997. LEP state advisory board, Providence, 1990-1992. Vice director Immigrants Cultural Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal, 1988-1991.

Co-founder Peregrinaç+220o-Arts/Letters, Lisbon, 1983-1991, Sol XXI Arts/Letters, since 1992. Founder, president Peregrinaç+220o Publs., 1995. Appointed Governor Bruce Sundlum to bd.R.I. State Council Arts, 1993-1997.

Guest poet II and III International Symposium on Poetry, U. Coimbra, Portugal, 1995, 98. Member Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States, Washington.

Achievements

  • Certified secondary teacher, Rhode Island.

Works

  • book

  • Other Work

    • Author: (poetry) Poemas Sem Poesia, 1975, Imigramar, 1981, (short stories) Imigramantes, 1984, Estórias Para A História de Alcorochel, 1994, Twenty Five Years of Poetry, 1995, Coisas e Loisas das nossas terras, 1996, Coisas do Coiso e da Coisa, 1996, Do Ribatejo ao Além-Tejo, 1998, (novel) De Casa para o Inferno, 2000, Cantigas ao Desafio na Diáspora, 2001, Cantigas ao Desafio n América do Norte e Açores, 2001, Portugal e a Saudade, em Verson, since 2001, Cantigas Do Desafio Velhas E Desgarradas, 2002, Jasco Aguiar, Meio Seculo A Cantar Cantigas, 2002. Editor: Ronnie, A Smiling Life With Down Syndrome, 2002. Singer Portuguese Heritage Choral, Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

      Staff writer Portuguese Times, New Bedford, Massachusetts, Portuguese Tribune, San Jose, California, O Emigrante, Lisbon, O ALMONDA, Torres Novas, O Mirante, Chamusca, O Ribatejo, Santarèm LUSO-AMERICANO, The Portuguese Post, Newark, Correio dos Açores, Azores, Português na Austrålia, Voice, Canada.

Membership

Member Portuguese Writers Association, American Academy Poets.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Avocations: painting, sculpting (metal), book reviews, traveling.

Connections

Married Olga M. Boyd. Children: David Joseph, Kevin Daniel.

father:
José Brites

mother:
Ludovina (Guia) Brites

spouse:
Olga M. Boyd

children:
David Joseph Brites

Kevin Daniel Brites