Friday, April 23, 2010

LETRAS LATINAS is pleased to announce

Diana Marie Delgado, currently residing in Astoria, a neighborhood of Queens in New York City, is the third recipient of the Letras Latinas Residency Fellowship. She will receive $1000 and be in residence for one month this July at the Anderson Center in Red Wing, Minnesota. This annual distinction is part of an ongoing partnership between the literary program of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame and the Anderson Center. The aim of this initiative is to identify and support a Latino or Latina writer who is working on a first full-length book, and for whom a one month residency would suppose a significant boost in this endeavor. Previous recipients of this fellowship have been: Michelle Otero in 2008, and John Chávez in 2009. There is no application process.


Born in California, Diana Marie Delgado grew up in the San Gabriel Valley. She studied poetry at the University of California in Riverside and Columbia University, where she received her MFA.

She has taught poetry workshops to at-risk youth and adults throughout the country, and presently coordinates a Family Literacy program in Queens, New York. The winner of numerous awards of support, she has received a McNamara Travel Grant and the James D. Phelan Award from the San Francisco Foundation for the Arts.

Her poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, Bordersenses, The Indiana Review, Lumina, Ninth Letter, Perihelion, Pistola, and other literary journals. Additional audio recordings of her work can be heard at From the Fishouse.


“As a writer attempting to complete a debut collection of poetry, this amazing opportunity could not be better timed. My struggle to write and make a living is a challenge many writers face, making me all the more grateful for this reprieve.”

—Diana Marie Delgado

Letras Latinas relies on the philanthropic generosity of both institutions and, to a large degree, individuals. The Letras Latinas Residency Fellowship exists, in large part, because of the Anderson Ccnter, founded and headed by Robert Hedin, poet, translator and visionary. The 2010 Letras Latinas Residency Fellowship counted on the particular generosity of Martha Aragon, who underwrote fifty percent of this year's stipend.

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