Advance FREE Companion Curriculum to “Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina,” Now Out in Paperback!

ATTENTION EDUCATORS: We’re in the process of updating my site to include a FREE PDF download of the companion curriculum to Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina, now available in paperback, in the upcoming weeks. Please contact me HERE with your email/affiliation if you want to receive a copy beforehand. The curriculum is intended for mid-high school to mid-college/university …

The (Identity) Crisis Continues

Last night, on the second anniversary of Trayvon Martin‘s death by murder, an important multigenerational gap was being bridged at The New School. Mr. Harry Belafonte, Dream Defenders‘ Phillip Agnew, Dr. Khalil Muhammad, and me wrapped up the The American Race Crisis Lectures with a panel discussion. Titled THE CRISIS CONTINUES, aimed to answer two major questions: Have the civil rights …

Oh, How Time Flies!

Hoping to show you all why I’ve been silent for the last month and change: deadlines, deadlines, deadlines, and some traveling. Once published, I will post. Be patient with me: my goal this month is to master the art of managing my blog while making writing deadlines, push my documentary forward, work on several proposals, box (more on that soon!), …

Hispanic/Latino History Month. Maybe Not.

But if you don’t feel the same way, it’s cool, too. I was thinking about Hispanic/Latino History Month on the train ride back Uptown this morning from my boxing gym (Allow me one tangent: So, a couple weeks ago I sparred with a couple of women from our sister gym. One of them surprised me—this is New York City and …

This Saturday, October 5: Two Panels, Two Festivals, One Borough

This Saturday, October 5, I’ll be heading straight from an early morning sparring session—I’m gearing up for this year’s Haymakers for Hope charity fight—to my first of two panels in Brooklyn. The first is the COMADRES & COMPADRES Writers Conference at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn. I’ll be sitting on a nonfiction panel at 2:00PM sharp with the writer and fellow …

I was on The Bobbito Garcia Radio Show on East Village Radio today!

I love Bobbito Garcia for too many reasons to list here. He’s smart, talented, confident, and doesn’t sit quietly in anybody’s checkbox. So when he asked me to be on his show today, at the suggestion of (my new homegirl) Nati Linares, I jumped at the chance. I stayed to chill, catch up and listen to The Cucumber do what he …

Talks at the Schomburg: Voices from the Americas

NOTE: You must REGISTER for this program. See below for details and registration link: Join Maria Hinojosa, host of Latino USA on NPR and anchor of Need to Know on PBS for a conversation on the Latino American experience in contemporary literature and the current discourse on cultural identity for Latinos in America today. Hinojosa will be in conversation with Raquel Cepeda, …

Great News! Simon & Schuster + Barnes & Noble, and the Paperback release!

Woo-hoo!!! I received an email from my editor stating that the paperback of my book Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina, will be released in February 2014. I was stoked because the my book will be more affordable, especially for high school and college students. And, coming out right before Women’s History Month is killer. But then I sighed …