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2019 Day of Portugal Grand Marshal

José Francisco Costa

          José Francisco Costa was born in Capelas, island of S.Miguel, Azores. He is the son of António Medeiros Costa and the former Maria do Nascimento Rodrigues. José is married to Lourdes O. Costa, a school-nurse teacher in Providence, R.I. The couple has three children (Tiago, André and Teresa) and six grandchildren.

         José completed his studies at the Seminary of Angra in the Azores, the Catholic University in Lisbon, the Classical University of Lisbon (BA), Brown University (MA), and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (PhD).

         José has authored a variety of poems, short stories and essays that have been published in newspapers, magazines and anthologies in Portugal and the U.S.A. He is the author of the following books:

  • Crónica do 25– fiction

  • Mar e Tudo– fiction

  • E da carne se fez verbo– poetry

  • Ficou-me na alma este gosto – poetry

  • Terra do Papá, Ilhas de Vavô– memoir

  •  A Correspondência de Jorge de Sena – um outro espaço da sua escrita –PhD dissertation

  • Estórias do Tempo- chronicles

  • Saudades- translation.

         José is also a musician and lyricist. To this day, his musical compositions have been published and performed by assorted groups and artists such as Duo OuroNegro, Grupo de Cantares Belaurora, Carlos Alberto Moniz, Grupo Coral das Lajes do Pico, Coral de S José, Coral Herança Portuguesa, andGrupoRaízesfrom Casa dos Açores da Nova Inglaterra. 

         Upon immigrating to the U.S., José worked as a teacher in both Portuguese and American schools. He was a teacher at the Portuguese school of the Clube Social Português and the Director of studies at the Portuguese School, in Pawtucket and East Providence, R.I., respectively.  José is the founder and former director of LusoCentro at Bristol Community College where he is a professor of Portuguese.

         The following are some of the community organizations and activities in which José has been involved: Member of theOrganizing Committee of the Museu do Espírito Santo e Etnográfico Açorianoof Fall River; Board of Directors of the New England Great Feasts of the Holy Ghost, Fall River; Board of Directors ofCasa dos Açores da Nova Inglaterra, East Providence; Assistant Director and Consultant of Coral Herança Portuguesa, Providence; director of LusalândiaTheater Group, Providence; president of the Social and Cultural Activities Committee - Day of Portugal(1982), Providence; member of the Cultural Events Committee- Day of Portugal(1983), Providence. 

       Professor Costa has been the recipient of distinctions and awards, including:  Medal of Professional Merit, awarded by the President of the government of the Azores; Honored Guest, in representation of the Portuguese Community: The Great Holy Ghost Feasts of New England; Silver Shield Awardof Bristol Community College; The Scepter and Scroll Society of Bristol Community College; Performance Recognition: Citation for Outstanding Performance, State of Massachusetts.  


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