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April 14, 1999
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Award Winner Author is Guest Poet at Hispanic Poetry Event

 Award-winning author of poetry and fiction, Gloria Velasquez, will be the guest poet at Indiana University Northwest’s Hispanic poetry event, Todos Somos Poetas (we are all poets) on April 16 from 3 to7 p.m.

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 in the Modern Languages and Literatures Department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California – where she resides with her family.

Along with Velasquez, students and other poets from the community will be on hand to celebrate the Hispanic culture while providing intellectual and poetic activity. The event will be at the IU Northwest Library Conference Center, 134 West 35th St.  More information is with Dr. Sohed Rodriguez at 219-980-6536.

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