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June 12, 2003

Latino writers come to CSUS

Poet and novelist Gloria Velasquez joins poet Manuel Luna as featured speakers at the Floricanto Flower and Song Festival from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, June 13 in the California State University, Sacramento Multi-cultural Center in the University Library.

Velasquez’s award-winning literary work draws heavily on her experiences growing up in a family of Latino migrant farm workers. After graduating from high school in Colorado, Velasquez took college night classes while working in the day before eventually earning a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Velasquez’s works focus on the lives of Latino-American women and youth. She is especially known for her Roosevelt High School series of novels written for adolescents, including Juanita Fights the School Board, Maya’s Divided World, Tommy Stands Alone, and Rina’s Family Secret. She is also the author of I Used to Be a Superwoman, a collection of poetry.

A native of El Salvador, Luna is the recipient of artist-in-residence grants from the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the author of several books of poetry, including Provocations, Witness Poems, City Within, Grafías of Los Angeles, Equinoccio, and Grafías 2. His work has appeared in numerous periodicals and literary magazines and he is a widely traveled speaker, performer and lecturer.

The event is sponsored by the Association of Mexican American Educators, along with the CSUS Barrio Arts Program, Multi-Cultural Center and Library.

For more information call (916) 278-5477. For media assistance, contact CSUS public affairs at (916) 278-6156.

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