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Happy New Year

December 29, 2010
NCTE Latino/a Caucus members
After the NCTE Latino/a Caucus meeting

I hope that you and yours receive an abundance of blessings in the new year.  Closing out the year always involves writing for me–to catch up with friends and family and also to take stock of as much as I can remember (it’s a good thing I keep a journal!).

Highlights:  Winning the 2010 Longleaf Poetry Chapbook prize and the publication of Everyday Chica in the fall (available exclusively on Amazon).  Publication of the Norton Anthology of Latino Literature, also in the fall, which was followed with local television, radio and newspaper stories.  Readings in New Jersey and Indiana as well as in the Central Florida area and a local book club talk.  Also, I was featured on a panel at the National Council of Teachers of English annual convention in Orlando.  I am also blessed to have great friends who teach my collection of stories Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles and in the spring (though that’s technically a highlight for next year), a class at Morris College in Pittsburgh will be reading my chapbook Everyday Chica! 
Though this year I haven’t blogged as much as last, I will continue to keep this page and write whenever I can.  With three different classes and three times as many students in the spring as in the fall, I expect to be busy but I also expect to keep writing and sharing with you.  So you should write back–really.
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