#NP18 Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say Turns 18.
HOUSTON, TX - February 23, 2016 - When Nuestra Palabra began, we were told that Latinos did not care about literature. We were told that Latinos were not interested in writing. We were told that there was not much interest in Latino Literature. We are proud to have proven the naysayers wrong for 18 years. Join us to celebrate the landmark of our 18th anniversary as we acknowledge all the milestones we have achieved as a community.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 6pm - 8pm, at Talento Bilingue de Houston 333. S. Jensen. Tickets available at www.NuestraPalabra.org. $25 at the door. $20 in advance. This showcase will feature the poetry, fiction, and teatro of our award-winning authors who started their careers on our stage.
Here are just a few milestones.
* Largest Book Fairs in Houston: We organized the Houston Latino Book and Family Festival, which at its peak drew 30,000 folks to the George R. Brown Convention Center, making it the largest lit event in Houston for any demographic.
* When Arizona banned Mexican American Studies, Nuestra Palabra veterans united to become the Librotraficantes to smuggle the banned books back into Arizona by using the cultural and social capital cultivated by Nuestra Palabra.
* We just had our 12th member receive a Master's Degree in Writing, with 10 MFA's stemming from our group. Nuestra Palabra has created more Latino MFA's than the University of Houston Creative Writing Program. Nuestra Palabra founder Tony Diaz was the first Chicano to recieve an MFA from the UH CWP.
* The NP Radio Show: Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say ON THE AIR began broadcasting on 90.1 FM KPFT in March of 2001.
* The Houston Public Library is archiving the Nuestra Palabra papers.
* The UH Library will be archiving the Nuestra Palabra radio broadcasts.
* We are also launching the Nuestra Palabra Anthology.