I have been busy posting columns, essays and stories at Latina Voices.
I am publishing four to five new posts a week. Some of the recent highlights include a column by the Guatemalan-American writer Stella Nichols called “The Forgotten Border.” It looks at how the Mexican government treats immigrants from Central America. Also, Lourdes Vazquez wrote “First-generation College Grad” about becoming the first in her family to graduate from college. She puts her own story into context, as only 7 percent of Hispanics in the United States have a bachelor’s degree.
Currently the bulk of our stories are written by Latina women in Chicago, where I work as a journalism professor at Columbia College. I am working to broaden our pool of writers. I recently published “Latin Time” by freelance columnist Marisella Veiga from Florida. I have been communicating with Latina writers in Arizona, Idaho, Georgia and Puerto Rico and look forward to publishing their work soon. If you know any Latina writers, please encourage them to submit their work to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also are busy expanding our video gallery, which you can link to through the site or go to directly at http://www.youtube.com/user/LatinaVoices.
I also am promoting our site on Twitter, so sign up to follow us by looking for my username, tcpuente. You also can find me on Facebook by searching for Teresa Puente and Columbia College.