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Come back every week for more of the history we've made together. We will feature NP alums who made their debuts with us and have gone on to huge accomplishments. You'll also hear from iconic Latino writers who shared the stage with writers from our community. And, of course, we'll feature NP Discoveries, new voices sharing their work for the first time. Viva Nuestra Palabra!
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Nuestra Palabra:
Latino Writers Having Their Say
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Houston, TX 77221

NP History Some Highlights

by Tony Diaz on 01/17/18

* Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say founded April 1998 in the party hall of Chapultepec Restaurant in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston, Texas. 

* The Nuestra Palabra Radio Show begins broadcasting on 90.1 FM KPFT in March of 2001.

* NP organized the Latino Book and Family Festival 2002-2007 -the largest book fair in Houston and one of the largest in Texas, drawing up to 30,000 people to the GRB Convention Center. 

* NP has cultivated 14 Latinos who have earned Master's degrees or Master of Fine Arts in Writing. 

* 5 NP alums were the founders of the 2012 Librotraficante Caravan, which joined a national movement to defy Arizona's ban of Mexican American Studies.

* Several NP alums have gone on to great careers in writing:

- Russell Contreras is now a reporter for the Associated Press; 
- Alvaro Saar Rios is a professor and his plays have been produced nation-wide; 
- Poet Carolina Monsivais is completing her PhD and has published 2 collections of poetry; 
- Journalist and poet Icess Fernandez is a Professor of English at Lone Star College-King Wood;
Lupe Mendez co-founded the Librotraficante Caravan and is founder of Tintero Proejcts; 
- Poet Jasmine Mendez has her 2nd book coming out in March, and there are many others. 

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NP Blog Schedule. Come back for posts by:

Tuesday, June 3: Alvaro Saar Rios

Tuesday, June 10: Russell Contreras

Tuesday, June 17: NP Discovery.    First publication: Karina Quevedo

June 24: Carolina Monsivais

July 1: Lupe Mendez

July 8: Loida Casares

July 15: Ices Fernandez 

July 22: Xavier Garza

July 29: NP Discovery. Welcome a   new voice: Luis Ochoa

August 19: Zelene Pineda Suchilt

We're kicking off this point in our journey with this essay in the Huffington Post:

Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say
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