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Growing Up Latina

​Latina Authors Panel Discussion: May 11, 2010 at 4:00pm to 6:00pm in Phillips Hall 



SARAH RAFAEL GARCÍA (http://www.sarahrafaelgarcia.com)
started writing short stories and poetry after her father’s passing in 1988. She resided in Beijing, China in 2004 for a year and a half, teaching English to students of all ages and writing full-time. Since the publication of Las Niñas, A Collection of Childhood Memories in 2008, she has continued to share her writings and community outreach by founding Barrio Writers, a reading and writing program aimed to empower teenagers through creative writing, higher education and the cultural arts. Most recently, Sarah Rafael spent three months backpacking through Australia, exploring a new country while working on her second book. Her writings, workshops and lifestyle promote community empowerment, cultural awareness and global sharing.  Please see the following links for a few chapters from her work, Las Niñas.  Access to these chapters is temporary by permission from the author. Chapter 4 Nuestra Mami, Chapter 5 Patas de Rana, Chapter 12, Plums, Plums and more Plums, Chapter 16 Noe, My First Love.


SANDRA LOPEZ (http://www.sandra-lopez.info)
was born and raised in a poor barrio of Hawaiian Gardens, California. With ambition, never-ending hope, and the strong guidance and support from her family, Sandra is the first in her familty to graduate from high school and college.  Her first novel Esperanza: A Latina Story was published in March 2008 while she was still in college.  Now, this young writer is a  graduate of Cal State University, Fullerton. She earned a BFA in Animation and Illustration, and is anticipating a promising career as a writer and artist.  Beyond the Gardens is the follow up sequel to Esperanza. Please see the following links for a few chapters from her first novel, Esperanza.  Access to these chapters is temporary by permission from the author.  Chapter 41, Chapter 43, and Chapter 46.


JAMIE MARTINEZ WOOD (http://www.jamiewood.com)
is the author of eight books and the recipient of the 2008 international Latino Book Award Best Reference Book for Latino Writers and Journalists. Her debut novel and Tomas Rivera award nominee is Rogelia’s House of Magic. Jamie is an inspirational speaker and empowerment specialist. She teaches workshops on personal power and earth spirituality and conducts classroom visits and assemblies on writing, publishing, and self-esteem. Please see the following link for a few chapters from her novel, Rogelia's House of Magic.  Access to these chapters is temporary by permission from the author.  Chapters 1-4.
 

 



 

The House of Mango Street is a seminal work in Latina writing and in Hispanic Literature.