Arte Latino Now - Meet the Writers

ARTE LATINO NOW  is an initiative of the Center for Latino Studies at Queens University of Charlotte that seeks to highlight Latino artists living and working in the United States. Meet the Writers is the product of students who independently interviewed Latino authors about their life and work.

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Daisy Abreu

Daisy Abreu is a New Jersey author and poet of Cuban heritage. The literal and figurative proximity of her immediate family, along with the death of her father at a very young age, have influenced Daisy greatly in her style of writing, occupational choice, and love and passion that she incorporates into all of her work. She derives her inspiration from people who excel and are successful at what they do. She is currently a candidate for an MFA in creative writing at Fairfield University, and she will graduate in January of 2013. Other than writing, Daisy enjoys reading, watching black and white classic movies, going to trivia night at the local pub, and practicing yoga. Read More


Jean Rockford Aguilar-Valdez

Jean Rockford Aguilar-Valdez is a very hard-working women that likes to challenge herself with everything that she does. She has a degree in Physics and Chemistry and a Masters in Physics. She is in the process of a doctorate in Latino Studies at The University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She has a love for writing poetry because it is her outlet to the world for speaking her mind about what she wants. Read More


Steven Alvarez

Dr. Steven Alvarez was born a few hours north of the US-Mexico border in Stafford, Arizona and was raised there by his mother who was born in Mexico and his father who was first generation Mexican American. Steven grew up speaking only English, and it was not until his college years that he began to discover his identity. Steven graduated with degrees in English and Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. He then went on to receive his Masters and Doctorate in English from The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Steven is currently an Assistant Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Media at the University of Kentucky. He has written five books and so far one has been published, The Poncho Codex. Read More


Cathy Arellano

Cathy Arellano is an author who writes passionately about her beliefs and values and what it means to be Chicana in America. She has written hundreds of poems and short stories as well as one chapbook. Arellano is inspired by her family, community, and people who are true to who they are, especially when faced with oppression. She writes about people who are usually ignored and addresses issues surrounding immigration and cultural acceptance. Some themes that she incorporates into her work include justice, love, sexuality, and family. Arellano cites Ana Castillo, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Suheir Hammad, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Cherríe Moraga, James Baldwin, and Audre Lorde as some of the authors that have inspired her work. Read More


Graciela S. Boruszko

Dr. Graciela S. Boruszko was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She had a childhood full of travel and being educated in multiple countries and cultures. Her experience with different cultures helped her earn a love for people and the nature they exhibit which is evident in her work. She is also a professor at Pepperdine University. Read More


Shawn Bowers

Shawn Bowers is a poet who writes under the pen name of Anita Cantillo. She was born in Costa Rica, but grew up in the United States. Bowers was raised in a biracial, bilingual family in which she learned the culture of America, while maintaining the rituals and traditions of her Latin heritage. Her Latin roots and culture inspire much of her writing. Bowers enjoys exploring the themes of nature, feminine issues, family ties, and religion in her poetry. Currently, Shawn Bowers is an English professor at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. Read More


Spencer Carvalho

Spencer Carvalho was born on October 10, 1986 in Pocos de Caldas, Brazil. His father is Brazilian and his mother is from the United States so he has dual citizenship. He moved to the United States before his first birthday. He lived in New York until he was four years old when he moved to Connecticut. When he was five, he moved to Ohio. Read More


Scott Russell Duncan

Scott Russell Duncan lives in Northern California. He attended Richland College in Dallas, TX and later attended the University of North Texas where he double majored in drawing and English. After teaching English in China, he returned to attend graduate school for creative writing at Mills College in Oakland, CA. He has written numerous short stories, his preferred genre, but is currently working on a novel called The Ramona Diary of Scott Russell Duncan. He writes about the things that interest him, but many say his works contain "dark humor." He writes what many label "ethnic literature" but he just calls literature. Read More


Marcela Garcés

Marcela Garcés is a Midland, Michigan native, born in 1981. She comes from a richly diverse background--half Colombian and half Scots-Irish. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Social Relations. She later attended the University of Minnesota for a Master’s degree in Hispanic Literature, and a Doctorate inHispanic Literatures and Cultures with a PhD minor in Museum Studies. Her love of learning has transformed into a love a teaching. In addition to being an author, she now works as an Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Classics at Siena College in Loudonville, New York. Garcés is a well-traveled soul whose writing is shaped by her experiences and her favorite theme of identity. Though she enjoys writing creatively, her academic writing is her primary focus and is circulated among her academic peers throughout the country. She has published many manuscripts and taken part in a number presentations which can be viewed in further detail on her Siena College Faculty page. Read More


Sarah Rafael García

Sarah Rafael García is a young Latina writer, presenter, daughter, sister, and role model. In her path to becoming who she is today, she has worked hard to overcome the many obstacles that life had brought her. She graduated from Texas State University with a major in Applied Sociology and a minor in Spanish. Currently, she is attending Texas State University as a Fiction MFA student studying creative writing. Through her writing she aspires to promote cultural awareness, community empowerment, and global sharing. Not only is she a successful woman but she uses her talents as a writer to help mold young students. She is definitely a great role model for everyone. Read More

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