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April 24, 2001
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East Chicago High School Students to Celebrate
Hispanic Culture at Poetry Festival

Over 50 Central High School students from East Chicago will celebrate the Hispanic culture at the annual Todos Somos Poetas (We are all poets) festival on April 27 from 2 to 7 p.m. in the Savannah Center Auditorium at Indiana University Northwest. The students, along with guest poet, Dr. Armando Romero, will join 13-area university faculty in reading poetry during the five-hour program. 

Romero, who is a poet, narrator, and critic, is also professor of Spanish at the University of Cincinnati. He was born in Columbia and was part of the Vanguard Movement El Nadaismo during his youth. After coming to the United States, Romero received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, and wrote his doctoral dissertation on Columbian poetry. His poems and short stories have been published extensively in Latin America and Spain, and have also been translated into English, Portuguese, French and Greek. Area faculty members participating in the event are from Indiana University South Bend, Notre Dame, Indiana University/Purdue University (IUPUI), Purdue Calumet, and University of Illinois at Chicago.  

"The purpose of Todos Somos Poetas is to celebrate the Hispanic culture in the United States," says Dr. Sohed Rodriguez, director of Indiana University Northwest's Bilingual/ESL Program. "It provides an intellectual and poetic activity for students, poets, and the general community."

Todos Somos Poetas is sponsored by IU Northwest's Bilingual/ESL Program and Diversity Programming Group. For more information contact Dr. Rodriguez at 219-980-6536. 

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