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Educators Discuss "Stories that Blaze like Wildfires"

March 29, 2023 2:00 PM
Denise Woltering dwolteri@tulane.edu

New Orleans area K12 educators and Stone Center for Latin American Studies scholars have been reading the fierce and magical stories of National Book Award finalist, Kali Fajardo-Anstine. The book group was inspired in part by Professor Carolina Caballero as she prepares to moderate an upcoming conversationExploring Mixed Latinx and Indigenous Identities of the American Southwest, Wednesday April 19th at 6:00 pm on the Tulane University uptown campus in the Rogers Memorial Chapel (#73 on interactive map). The annual spring series featuring Latina writers explores Latin America, race, gender, and identity. The series focuses on topics that reach a range of readers from the young adult to adult genres. Her unique perspective on indigenous Latina identity is important to classroom conversations of all grade levels. 

Last year’s speaker, the award-winning author Sandra Cisneros claims Fajardo-Anstine writes “stories that blaze like wildfires.”

Pictured from left to right: Carolina Caballero, Cynthia Garza, Rachel Olivares, Brittney Dayeh, Carmen Vescia, Denise Woltering-Vargas, and Jess Nicholl  

The conversation has already begun among our book group members and the ideas are flowing as we meet for dinner to connect over the powerful stories in both books, Sabrina & Corina (Penguin Random House, 2019) and Woman of Light (One World, 2922). Come out on Wednesday, April 19, and join the conversation. 

Read more about Fajardo-Anstine’s work on her website. The in-person program on April 19th is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Newcomb Institute at Tulane University. Click here for more information.