Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Supporting the necessary work: Valerie Martínez

“I’ve been able to count on her support for Letras Latinas in various ways. Valerie has served, for example, as a final judge of the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize, which supports the publication of a first book.”

—Francisco Aragón, February 28, 2011
Washington, D.C.

Those were words I spoke two nights ago at the Folger Shakespeare Library. I was introducing Valerie Martínez, our third reader in a stellar line-up that included J. Michael Martínez and Naomi Ayala.

But I’m highlighting Valerie Martinez’s latest gesture of support because it underscores the depth of her commitment to one of Letras Latinas’ flagship initiatives: she has purchased Malaquias Montoya’s beautiful silkscreen print, inspired by the poetry of his son, Andrés Montoya, after whom our first book prize is named, a prize that published the first books by:

(chosen by Robert Vasquez)

(chosen by Valerie Martínez)

(chosen by Martín Espada)

(chosen by Silvia Curbelo)

will be selecting our next poet 
one year from now in the spring of 2012

Simply put: Letras Latinas could not function without the generosity of individuals. Please consider joining Valerie Martínez and others (writers and non-writers you’ll be learning about at Letras Latinas Blog). Click on the link below and learn more:


Note: Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about any aspect of this initiative, including about alternative ways to support the work Letras Latinas carries out.

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