Books NJ, Maslow Reading Series, and ILBA

Much to report from last month! Who's Ju was officially released in paperback on June 1. (Woohoo!) A few days later, I had the pleasure of sharing Ju's story with a group of bright sixth-graders at a middle school in Bergen County. I also participated in Books NJ, an excellent outdoor literary festival hosted by the Paramus Public Library.

Later in the month, I had a blast visiting Wilkes University to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Creative Writing Graduate Program. I was one of seven alums featured in the Maslow Reading Series Playwrights Night. Not only did I have the opportunity to present a cutting of my script Hielo, but I got to read roles in a few of the other plays as well. Such a fun night! And it was great to see the faces of fellow alums and former mentors who taught me so much about writing plays and fiction.

Finally, last week I had the honor of attending the  2015 International Latino Book Awards ceremony held in conjunction with the ALA Conference in San Francisco. It was so powerful being in the same room with so many talented Latino authors. These awards are coordinated by Latino Literacy Now, Las Comadres Para Las Amercias, and REFORMA - three organizations that are doing so much to promote our 500+ years of diverse narratives. I'm thrilled that Who's Ju came in first for Best Young Adult eBook and that my comadre Maria Ferrer was the one to present my category and hand me the award. My book also tied for second place for Best First Book, Children/Youth. I'm truly grateful to be included on the list of honorees found here.

Northampton House Press, Nuestras Voces, and Luna Stage Short Play Festival

This past spring and summer (yes, I know, not over yet) I’ve been hard at work on a few different projects, both scripts and prose, but there have been some happenings and updates to report. I’m delighted to share the news that Northampton House Press will be publishing my middle grade mystery novel WHO’S JU as an e-book in early 2015. I’ll post more details about the book soon, but in the mean time you can check out NHP (headed by publisher David Poyer) and its growing list of authors and publications here.

On the playwriting side of things, HIELO was selected as a runner-up in Repertorio Español’s 2013 MetLife Nuestras Voces Playwriting Competition and my one-minute play REASON was staged as part of Luna Stage's Second Annual Short Play Festival in May.

Happy Labor Day!

2013 MetLife Nuestras Voces @ Repertorio Español

I’m thrilled to announce that my play Hielo, which was developed through NJEWP at Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey,is a finalist in the  2013 MetLife Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition at Repertorio Español. There will be a free public reading of the script on November 12 at 6:30pm at 138 East 27th Street, NYC. John Pietrowski (Artistic Director of Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey) will direct the reading. Check out the postcard below for information on the entire reading series, which runs October 28 through November 26.