Communion: I’ve had the good fortune to travel in my life. My first four collections: Chants, Borders, Communion and Agua Santa: Holy Water were written as individual poems. Communion has poems inspired by trips to India, Pakistan, the Dominican Republic, Peru, and, of course, Mexico.
The UN General Assembly designates May 21 as World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. The day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity. Add a spoonful of bookjoy to this delicious idea, and that's Día: literacy for all children, all cultures, all languages.
This weekend is Mother's Day, our annual day to honor the strong women in our lives. Over fifteen years ago, Pat edited and contributed to Love to Mamá: A Tribute to Mothers, a beautiful and celebratory collection in which thirteen poets write with joy, humor, and love about the powerful bond between mothers, grandmothers, and children.
In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews said of the book:
"The warmth of family, life, especially that of mothers, aunts, and grandmothers, pervades this delightful collection of poems by Latino writers of various backgrounds...Although the voices are Latino, the poems and experiences they encompass will speak to all...Abrazos (hugs) for Mora and all the contributors for this one."
Illustration by Paula S. Barragán M. from Love to Mamá
Last year's winner was Sonia M. Sotomayor Early College High School's special purpose program committed to supporting teen mothers. They celebrated Día by hosting a full week of family-oriented bilingual and multicultural activities. The week focused on preparing teen mothers for success in motherhood, literacy for children, culturally diverse learning resources, and the role of mothers in children's early cognitive and literacy development. Activities provided students with research-based methods of introducing their children to reading and each student received a free children's book.
The application deadline is June 30, 2017. Submit your 2017 Mora Award application today!
This is my giant THANK YOU! GRACIAS! to each of you who has contributed to our 21st Día celebrations across the country this April. Special thanks to Bobbie Combs, my web manager, and to our loyal organizational partners at ALSC, First Book, AFT, etc.