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Hispanic Heritage Month 2022

HISPANIC HERITAGE FOOD INSPIRATION

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LIBROS EN ESPAÑOL

POETRY & ESSAYS

Amy’s Favorites: Latinx Poetry

Be Recorder by Carmen Gimenez Smith.  A collection of poems that explores way of reckoning with being a minority American citizen in our turbulent society.

The Carrying by Ada Limon.  Limon, who is of Mexican-American descent, here writes a poetry of correspondence between herself and the poet Natalie Diaz.  Bright Dead Things, her first book of poetry, is equally skilled at finding the extraordinary in the everyday.

The collected poems of Octavio Paz.  This existential, surrealist poet from Mexico sought to find the duty of creative people within social structures.

Kingdom Animalia by Aracelis Girmay.  The poems in this collection explore death in vibrant ways, so we begin to see life as “the only kingdom, the kingdom of touching.”

My wicked, wicked ways by Sandra Cisneros.  The author of The House on Mango Street writes poems with spice and vigor and sparkle.

The other side = El Otro Lado by Julia Alvarez.  A classic of contemporary Latinx poetry, Alvarez’s book explores how her Dominican Republic roots have worked their way into American soil (and how they haven’t).

A place to stand by Jimmy Santiago Baca.  Baca spent five years in prison for drug charges; this book details that story and how he emerged from prison a poet.

Selected poems of Gabriela Mistral.  Mistral is the first Latina to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature.  In addition to writing moving poems about love, everyday life, and death, she was an advocate for the rights of women and children.

Virgin: poems by Analicia Sotelo.  Sotelo explores women, myth, and the experiences of being Mexican-American in poems that are accessible, lush, and a little bit snarky.

Online Poetry Resources

American Academy of Poets: Hispanic Heritage Month

Poetry Foundation: Latinx Voices in Poetry

HISPANIC AMERICAN BIOGRAPHIES

DATABASES & WEB RESOURCES

Smithsonian: Latino Center & Learning Lab Collections

National Park Service: Hispanic Heritage Month

The National Archives: Hispanic Heritage Month

National Geographic: Hispanic Heritage Month Resource Library

National Endowment for the Humanities: Hispanic Heritage

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BOOKS

DATABASES & WEB RESOURCES

Smithsonian: Latino Center & Learning Lab Collections

National Park Service: Hispanic Heritage Month

The National Archives: Hispanic Heritage Month

National Geographic: Hispanic Heritage Month Resource Library

National Endowment for the Humanities: Hispanic Heritage

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HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH RESOURCES

Every year from September 15 to October 15, Americans celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by appreciating the community’s history, heritage, and contributions of the ancestors of American citizens who came from Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean, and South- and Central America.

Hispanic Heritage Month originally started with one week of commemoration when it was first introduced by Congressman George E. Brown in June 1968. With the civil rights movement, the need to recognize the contributions of the Latin community gained traction in the 1960s. Awareness of the multicultural groups living in the United States was also gradually growing.  (Hispanic Heritage Month).

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Hispanic Heritage Month – September 2022

HISPANIC HERITAGE BOOKS