Host Armando Rendon discuss Latino publishing and writing with the poet Lucha Corpi and the writer Rosa Martha Villarreal.
Lucha Corpi, Born in México, Lucha Corpi came to Berkeley as a student wife in 1964. She is the author of two collections of poetry, two bilingual children’s books, six novels, four of which feature Chicana detective Gloria Damasco, and her latest, Confessions of a Book Burner: Personal Essays and Stories issued in 2014. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts, an Oakland Cultural Arts fellowship, and thePEN-Oakland Josephine Miles and Multicultural Publishers Exchange Literary Award. A retired teacher, she resides in Oakland, California.
Rosa Martha Villarreal, a Chicana novelist and essayist, is a descendant of the 16th century Spanish and Tlaxcatecan settlers of Nuevo Leon. She drew upon her family history in her critically acclaimed novels Doctor Magdalena, Chronicles of Air and Dreams: A Novel of Mexico, and The Stillness of Love and Exile, the latter a recipient of the Josephine Miles PEN Literary Award and a Silver Medalist in the Independent Publishers Book Award (2008). She currently writes a column, “Tertullian’s Corner,” for the Latino literary magazine “Somos en Escrito.” She lives near Sacramento, California.