Launch of the Hostos Review/Revista Hostosiana, Issue 11
by Inmaculada Lara Bonilla
Several distinguished authors participated in a multimedia event on April 16, at 5 p.m., at Pregones Theatre to read and talk about their contributions to the Hostos Review/ Revista Hostosiana (Issue No. 11): Stirred Ground: Non-fiction Writing by Contemporary Latina and Latin American Women Authors, edited by Hostos Humanities Professor, Inmaculada Lara-Bonilla.
Authors Dinapiera Di Donato, Nancy Mercado, and Jacqueline Herranz-Brooks participated in the reading and dialogue in person, while Norma E. Cantú, Aurora Levins Morales, Rose Mary Salum, and Giovanna Rivero connected via telepresence to read and engage in dialogue with all. The dual-language event also paid tribute to two distinguished writers of non-fiction: award-winning Mexican author Margo Glantz, and the late Chicana thinker, poet, and non-fiction author, Gloria E. Anzaldúa.
Alongside these writers, the event brought together over fifty Hostos Community College students from three different courses, over ten faculty members, and a good number of members from the broader arts and culture community in the Bronx. The event also provided engaging volunteer opportunities to five Hostos students in the roles of videographer, photographer, usher, and sales and book-signing agent as attendees were able to purchase copies of the issue on site and have their copies signed by the authors.
After the event, numerous attendees and participants have commented on how the event was “special” or “a great success,” bringing authors together, who write in different languages and in different parts of the Americas. The authors themselves have expressed great gratitude to the editor and to each other for sharing their writing in the issue and inspiring each other to continue writing. Several have expressed the desire to continue working together on a new project thanks to publication of the issue #11 of the Hostos Review.