Viva Latino: Own Voices Writers in Conversation

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Leading & award-winning contemporary Latin American writers gather to discuss their perspectives on the importance of own voices narratives.

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ASL interpretations and live captions will be provided.

In early 2020, the Hispanic literary community led an important national dialogue about the importance of “own voices” literature and inequities in the publishing industry. Leading and award-winning contemporary Latin American writers gather to discuss their perspectives on the importance of own voices narratives in providing representation for readers. This program offers Latino/a/x and non-Latin Marylanders with an opportunity to learn about the diversity of the Latin American community, as represented in literature and poetry. 

Featured Speakers:

  • Julia Alvarez, National Medal of Arts Winner
  • Angie Cruz, Inaugural GMA Book Club Author
  • Reyna Grande, American Book Award Winner
  • Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. Poet Laureate (2015-2017)
  • Lupita Aquino, moderator, @Lupita.Reads

Presented by the Prince George's County Memorial Library System, Frederick County Public Libraries, and Charles County Public Library as part of Maryland Libraries Together. This program is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Maryland State Library.

Maryland Libraries Together is a collaboration of Maryland libraries to engage communities in enriching educational experiences that advance an understanding of the issues of our time.

Selected Books by Featured Speakers:

Julia Alvarez:

  • Afterlife (2020)
  • ¡Yo! (2019)
  • In the Time of Butterflies (1994)

Angie Cruz:

  • Dominicana (2018)
  • Let it Rain Coffee (2005)
  • Soledad (2001)

Reyna Grande:

  • A Dream Called Home (2019)
  • The Distance Between Us (2013)
  • Across A Hundred Mountains (2007)

Juan Felipe Herrera:

  • Jabberwalking (2018)
  • Notes on the Assemblage (2015)
  • 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can't Cross the Border (1995)

Purchase the authors' books from Loyalty Bookstores ( or Curious Iguana ( Borrow the books from your local public library.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to live in Maryland in order to participate?

No, this is a virtual event that is open to the public, regardless of residency.

Will the speakers appear in-person in Prince George's County?

No, this is a virtual event only.

Is there a cap on attendance?

There is no maximum capacity for the event.

When will I receive the direct broadcast links?

The broadcast link is included in your confirmation message and will be sent via email multiple times prior to the event.

How can I request an accommodation?

Please contact by Monday, March 29, 2021 with accommodation requests.

Will this event be captioned and have ASL interpretation?

Yes, there will be captions and ASL interpretation for this event.

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