Writers and Artists of Color and Columbia's Writing Division will offer an evening of readings focusing on the new wave in American and Latino literature. "Dominicana Writes: A Reading by New Voices in American Fiction," will feature Nelly Rosario (SoA '98), author of "Song of the Water Saints," Angie Cruz, author of "Soledad," and Leonor Suarez, first-year MFA fiction student at Columbia. The event will be held on Tuesday, March 5, at 8:00 p.m., in Deutsches Haus (West 116th Street, between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive).
Nelly Rosario was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Brooklyn. She has received numerous awards, including a 1999 Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Fellowship, The Bronx Writers' Center Van Lier Literary Fellowship for 1999-2000, a National Arts Club Writing Fellowship and the 1997 Hurston/Wright Award in Fiction. Rosario's essay "On Becoming" is published in the anthology "Becoming American" (2000). Rosario is the first Dominican American graduate of Columbia's Writing Division. Her first novel, "Song of the Water Saints," was published in January by U.S. Pantheon.
Angie Cruz is a founding member of WILL: Women in Literature & Letters and is the author of the novel "Soledad." She has been granted the New York Foundation of the Arts Grant for fiction and the Van Lier Literary Fellowship.
Leonor Suarez was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Washington Heights. She has read with the Writers and Artists of Color's "Our Word," and is working on a collection of short stories.
The reading is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by Writers and Artists of Color, the Writing Division at Columbia, the Native American Council and the Coalition of Latino Scholars at Teachers College.