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3 Hispanic writers in the US Library of Congress

2023-09-21T05:34:34+00:00
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Hispanic writers Library of Congress, Meg Medina, Elena Poniatowska, Rómulo Gallegos, escritores hispanos Biblioteca Congreso, MundoNOW
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  • Featured in Hispanic Literature
  • Now Part of the U.S. Collection
  • 50 Recordings Added

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Library of Congress in the United States has announced some exciting news for Latin American writers.

They will be adding 50 recordings of interviews and readings by various Latin American authors, including Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska.

Among the recordings that will become part of the library’s Palabra archive are also the voices of Venezuelan Rómulo Gallegos.

As well as young adult author Meg Medina, along with poems in Mixtec and Nahuatl.

Over 800 pieces from Hispanic artists

Hispanic writers Library of Congress, books, collection, recordings, MundoNOW
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The Palabra archive currently holds more than 800 pieces from Hispanic writers and is part of the Library of Congress’ collection.

In addition to including these audio recordings in their archive, the library will also host a presentation by the traditional Mexican music group Corazón Folklórico.

They will also offer a danzón class, a Cuban-origin rhythm popularized in Mexico.

Here are 3 of the Hispanic writers included in the Palabra archive.

1. Elena Poniatowska

Elena Poniatowska, Mexican writer, La Noche de Tlatelolco, Hasta no Verte Jesús Mío, MundoNOW
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Of Polish and French descent, Elena Poniatowska arrived in Mexico at an early age and has since adopted this land as her home, where she began her writing career in the 1950s.

One of Elena Poniatowska’s most notable achievements is her ability to give voice to the marginalized and oppressed.

Her works are imbued with a deep social commitment and genuine empathy for the underprivileged.

Her most celebrated work, «La Noche de Tlatelolco» (1971), is a raw and moving testimony of the student massacre in the Plaza of the Three Cultures in 1968.

2. Romulo Gallegos

postal stamp, Rómulo Gallegos, Cuba, Latin American history, MundoNOW
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He began his literary career in the first half of the 20th century, and since then, he demonstrated his skill in creating rich and emotional narratives.

His early works, such as «Reinaldo Solar» (1920) and «La Trepadora» (1925), established the foundations of his distinctive literary style.

His ability to weave engaging stories with vivid characters and profound reflections on society made him a highly respected Hispanic writer.

«Doña Bárbara» (1929) is his masterpiece, set in the Venezuelan plains, it is a masterful exploration of the struggle between civilization and barbarism.

3. Meg Medina

Meg Medina, youth writer, Hispanic talent, LatinBest, MundoNOW
Hispanic writers in the Library of Congress/PHOTO: Getty Images/Shutterstock

Born in Havana, Cuba, and raised in Miami, Florida, this prolific writer has made an indelible mark on American literature.

Meg Medina has become an influential figure in promoting diversity and inclusion in young adult literature.

She began her career in the early 2000s and quickly stood out for her ability to create authentic and captivating stories for young readers.

Her early works, such as «Milagros: Girl from Away» (2008) and «Tía Isa Wants a Car» (2011), earned critical acclaim.

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