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On the road again

March 22, 2010

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Hello all,

Just returned from Louisville, KY where the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) met and was happy to see friends from all over the country.  I was co-chair of the NCTE/CCCC Latino/a Caucus for many years and am so glad that our newsletter is online for all to see the great work done by Caucus members.  Check out the website for more information.  I’ll be going back on the road next week and then again in early April to Drew University in my home state of New Jersey.

Below, and linked here, is the press release announcing my upcoming visit to Indiana University at Purdue in Fort Wayne on March 30th, 2010.

Cuban American Author Featured in IPFW Visiting Writers Series

(Fort Wayne, March 18, 2010) — Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés was born in New Jersey, grew up in Florida, and will travel to Indiana this March to be a part of the Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) Visiting Writers Series. The author of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry will read her work Tuesday, March 30, at noon in Walb Student Union, Room 222. It is free and open to the public.

Rodríguez Milanés, who was born to Cuban parents, is an associate professor of English at the University of Central Florida, where she has also served as director of women’s studies. Her first collection of stories, Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles, was released in 2009. Her publications have been featured in journals that include Bilingual Review, Buletín Federico Lorca, Damselfly, Letras Femininas, Pearl, SN Review, Thirteenth Moon, Visions International, and others. Her writing has also been anthologized in New World: Young Latino Writers, Little Havana Blues: Contemporary Cuban-American Literature, Did My Mama Like to Dance?, Iguana Dreams: New Latino Fiction, and elsewhere, and will appear in The Norton Anthology of Latino and Latin American Literature.

The IPFW Visiting Writers Series brings three to four writers to Fort Wayne annually. Since 1992, the series has brought approximately 70 writers of various genres, including poetry, essays, short stories, and novels. It is sponsored by the Department of English and Linguistics, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of International Language and Culture Studies, and the Office for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

For more information on the Visiting Writers Series, contact George Kalamaras, professor of English at  kalamara@ipfw.edu , or at 260-481-6756.

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