• USA: Remembering Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos

    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....

  • Bilingual book giveaway to award $500 worth of books to lucky elementary school

    LatinaLista -- To be -- bilingual or not to be! It's a question that shouldn't even be asked in this day and age. Thankfully, more and more parents and schools understand how important it is for children to speak both English, and in this case, Spanish. Knowing Spanish isn't just a good...

  • Spanish book fair showcases literature and Mexican culture to U.S. Latinos

    LatinaLista -- It used to be that public libraries had maybe one program and devoted a few shelves to books in the Spanish language. Not so anymore. According to a study by the American Library Association (ALA), Spanish is the most supported non-English language in public libraries. Seventy-eight percent of libraries reported...

  • Freeing the voice of incarcerated women and troubled youth

    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...

  • A teen’s growing pains takes her on a journey of a lifetime

    By Jo Ann Hernandez LatinaLista Apolonia Flores doesn't much like her name. However, her father takes pride in telling people where her name came from: "It's the girl form of Apollo. He was the god of the sun. Get it? It's my way of calling you a sunflower." Parents! What can a...

  • One father’s reconnection with his family proves to be a tortuous exercise

    By Jo Ann Hernandez LatinaLista — You know all those stories that end with "They lived happily ever after?" Gringolandia begins after the "ever after." Lyn Miller-Lachmann researched and wrote a heartfelt story about a man named Marcelo, who as a political prisoner in Chile endured a life of torture for many...

  • A poem about “The Illegal Extraterrestrial”

    LatinaLista — This past May 1, the day when this year's May marches were supposed to surpass the ones held in May 2006, was a big disappointment for some who organized the marches in their communities. LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01: Joaquin Ventura is reflected in the glasses of Jose Cruz,...

  • Guest Voz: Words and poetics prove strong hammers in putting a dent in US-MX border wall

    LatinaLista — Even as Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States, residents along the Texas-Mexico border reported that construction of the mandated border fence was underway. Since the day it was announced that the Department of Homeland Security was going to enforce the Secure Fence Act...

  • Wal-Mart takes Latino cultural sensitivity to new level with bilingual site

    LatinaLista — Though most of the major retailers aren't releasing their holiday sales figures until January, there is one retailer who is rumored to be leading the pack —  Wal Mart. Hardly surprising news since the Goliath chain is known for their deep discounts but when it comes to reaching the Latino...

  • Bad economy impacts poetry festival featuring renown Latino poet

    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...

  • Mexican and U.S. literary giants join in inaugurating new prize in memory of writer Aura Estrada

    LatinaLista — There is no greater testament to a couple's enduring love than when one honors the other in some public fashion and that's what Francisco Goldman is doing for his late wife Aura Estrada. Aura Estrada and her husband Francisco Goldman Though none of us outside literary circles have even heard...

  • Online video captures treasured performances of traveling Chicano literary fest

    LatinaLista — It's called "Hecho en Tejas," (Made in Texas) and what started out as an anthology of great Chicano/a writers who share the special bond of being from the Lone Star State has morphed into a traveling literary show where Chicano/a pride comes alive on stage. According to one of the...

  • Discovering the Trailblazers of Latino Literature

    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...