TITLE: Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States
SPEAKER: Lori Marie Carlson, Luis Alberto Ambroggio, Claudia Quiroz Cahill, Oscar Hijuelos
EVENT DATE: 09/29/2005
RUNNING TIME: 30 minutes
Editor and translator Lori Marie Carlson discussed her new book, "Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States," in honor of the Library's celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Luis Alberto Ambroggio and Claudia Quiroz Cahill, two of the poets who contributed to "Red Hot Salsa," read their poems.
In his introduction to the book, award-winning author Oscar Hijuelos describes the contributions of the writers in the volume: "Their intense feelings about survival and 'becoming' are palpable on the page. And the Spanish/English versions of their poetry are equally beautiful, stirring and worthy of our humanity."
Speaker Biography: Lori Marie Carlson was born in Jamestown, NY. She holds a master's in Hispanic Literature from Indiana University and has taught at several universities. Carlson is also the author of seven books for young adults, including the acclaimed "Cool Salsa." The "Sunday Tertulia" is her first novel. She lives in New York City.
Speaker Biography: Luis Alberto Ambroggio is the author of seven collections of poetry, all in Spanish, published in Spain, Argentina and the US. His newest collection, "Laberintos de humo," will be published in 2005 in Argentina. He is a member of the Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Espanola, which is the leading organization promoting U.S. poetry written in Spanish. His poetry also has been selected for inclusion in the Archives of Hispanic-American Literature of the Library of Congress. Ambroggio, originally from Argentina, resides in northern Virginia.
Oscar Hijuelos began his writing career while working days in an advertising agency. His first novel, "Our House in the Last World," won several awards including The American Academy of Arts and Letters' Rome Prize, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and an Ingram-Merrill fellowship. Hijuelos won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, marking the first time a Hispanic writer won this award, for his second novel, "Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love." The novel examines an immigrant family's Cuban migration to the United States in the 1940's and was made into a movie starring Antonio Banderas and Armand Assante.
The most recent novel by Hijuelos, "Empress of the Splendid Season," is also receiving positive reviews. In early September 2000, Hijuelos will be honored at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. as part of the National Hispanic Heritage Awards. This event will be televised on NBC TV.
Hijuelos received both his bachelor's and master's degrees from the City University of New York.