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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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

Amigos805.com 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 […]

By Mona Alvarado Frazier Amigos805.com 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. […]

By Vanessa Pérez Rosario, Ph.D. Latina Lista USA — On July 5, 1953, in the early morning hours, two New York City police officers spotted a woman lying in the street near the corner of Fifth Avenue and 106 Street in East Harlem. She died shortly after in Harlem Hospital of pneumonia. Because she had […]

By Angela Villanueva LatinaLista College instructor Emmy Pérez taps into her lifelong passion of helping others to share her love of creative writing with troubled youth and incarcerated women. Emmy Pérez is a writer. She’s also a college instructor, a life motivator and an inspiration to all her pupils — from inside the classroom to […]

LatinaLista — Martin Espada has been described as the “Pablo Neruda of North American authors” and the “Latino poet of his generation.” However he is described, it is clear that this Puerto Rican, Brooklyn-born poet and essayist is an important Latino voice when it comes to the written word. Espada has published 13 books of poetry […]

LatinaLista — It is said that the first printing press in the United States was a Spanish-language press that arrived almost 80 years before the first recorded arrival of the English-language press. Yet, because the press was in Spanish, its presence is overlooked in the annals of the English-written U.S. history. It’s the same story […]