Nuestras Voces Chicanas read their work

By Kathryn Córdova
Posted 9/17/18

Maria Dolores Gonzales and her group, Nuestras Voces Chicanas, will hold a public reading Tuesday (Sept. 18) at 6:30 p.m. at Las Pistoleras Instituto Cultural de Arte (1219 …

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Nuestras Voces Chicanas read their work

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Maria Dolores Gonzales and her group, Nuestras Voces Chicanas, will hold a public reading Tuesday (Sept. 18) at 6:30 p.m. at Las Pistoleras Instituto Cultural de Arte (1219 Paseo del Pueblo Norte) in El Prado. Several readers plan to share their stories with attendees. The event is free.

Erlinda Gonzales- Berry plans to read from her latest book, "Rosebud: Population Seven," describing her childhood in a small town in which children spoke Spanish at home but were punished for doing so at their English-only school. Not allowing children to use their Spanish language, effectively silenced the youngsters.

Gonzales plans to read personal stories from her soon-to-be-published (in 2019), "A View from the Windmills." Rosa Padilla, of Taos and San Luis, was raised by her grandmother; she plans to share "grandma stories." Joanna Vidaurre-Trujillo offers excerpts from her book, "Papas y Frijoles," short stories and poems to honor her culture. Other writers who have participated or continue to participate in Nuestras Voces Chicanas are as follows: Rebecca Borrego, Maria Cristina Lopez, Margarita Quintana and Fabi Romero.

The group meets once a week for two hours. Members write stories, then edit and improve them. They participate in critiquing their work, re-writing the text and preparing to share.

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