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Video: Author, poet and activist Demetria Martinez shares how life experiences impact the creative process

Video: Author, poet and activist Demetria Martinez shares how life experiences impact the creative process

LatinaLista — Demetria Martinez bills herself as an author, poet, activist, journalist and creativity coach — areas in which this Princeton-educated, former religion freelancer excels. From her latest title in 2013, her first novella, The Block Captain’s Daughter to her first children’s book Grandpa’s Magic Tortilla, Martinez’s writing garners awards and recognition. For her, it’s


Video: Poet Martin Espada explains how poetry is the platform to share his life experiences and political convictions

LatinaLista — Hailed as “the Latino poet of his generation,” Martin Espada may shrug off the many accolades his poetic talent has garnered him over the years but this University of Massachusetts Amherst poetry professor would be the first to credit his writing as the platform where he defined his voice — and his civic

New Latino magazine strives to break ethnic, gender and social stereotypes showcasing writers historically ignored in literary field

LatinaLista — How many Latino writers are there in the United States? It’s a question that many of us would answer with two hands since it seems that it’s only a handful whom mainstream publishers continually recognize as having any talent. Yet, there are so many more talented Latino and Latina writers who, try as

Author Demetria Martínez to receive UCSB’s Luis Leal Literature Award SANTA BARBARA — Poet, novelist, and journalist Demetria Martínez is the recipient of UC Santa Barbara’s 2011 Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature, the university reported in a media release. The award will be presented during a ceremony at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, in the campus’s Corwin Pavilion. The event

Commentary: Why read multicultural literature?

By Mona Alvarado Frazier Last month a survey found that nearly 80 percent of U.S. adults believe multicultural books are important for children, but one-third say they are hard to find. The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the love of reading and learning in all children, commissioned the study.