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November 8, 1999
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Chicana Writer/Poet Comes to IU Northwest
Pachanga Events Continue

Internationally recognized poet and writer, Gloria Velasquez of California, will celebrate the First Annual Pachanga (get together) in Northwest Indiana by speaking at Indiana University Northwest on Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Raintree Hall. The award-winning author of poetry including, I Used To Be A Superwoman, and fiction will speak to campus and community members as part of the IU Northwest’s department of minority studies series of lectures in race and ethnicity.

With Dr. Raoul Contreras, IU Northwest professor of Latino studies serving as commentator, Velasquez will read poetry and sing folk songs, as well speak on the role of culture and culture expression in the historical experiences of racial minority communities.

One of Chicano Literature’s most distinguished authors, Velasquez is known for the Roosevelt High School series of novels for young adults and has published a first collection of poetry in 1997, entitled I Used To Be A Superwoman. Her poetry and short stories have been published in numerous journals and anthologies, and she was recently featured in Latino Voices in Literature 1997. Velasquez has also received several awards for writing, including the 11th Chicano Literary Prize in the Short Story from the University of California at Irvine, and the Premier and Deuxleme Prix in poetry from the department of French and Italian at Stanford University. In 1989, she was inducted into the University of Colorado’s Hall of Fame for her achievements in creative writing.

Velasquez graduated from Stanford University with a Ph.D. in Latin American and Chicano Literatures and is currently a professor of modern languages and literature  at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California.

Sponsored by ALMA and the Latino studies program, the lecture is free of charge and open to the community. More information on the event is with Dr. Contreras at 219-980-6665.

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