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Hispanic Heritage Month 2021

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH RESOURCES

September is Hispanic Heritage Month – a time in which we celebrate the contributions that Latino and Hispanic Americans have made to the United States.

The U.S. Latino population is estimated to number around 57 million, originating from 20 different countries including Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Chile, Portugal, Spain and many more. The holiday used to be known as National Hispanic Heritage Week, however, this was extended in 1989 to recognize the significant contributions that Hispanic people had made.

As well as educating people about Hispanic culture, this period is also dedicated to learning about significant historical figures such as Frida Kahlo, Cesar Chavez, and Pablo Picasso. Pop culture figures like Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, Gloria Estefan and Jennifer Lopez are also celebrated for their achievements and success (Hispanic Heritage Month).

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Hispanic Heritage Month – September 2021

HISPANIC HERITAGE BOOKS

BOOKS

DATABASES & WEB RESOURCES

Smithsonian: Latino Center & Learning Lab Collections

National Park Service: Hispanic Heritage Month

The National Archives: Hispanic Heritage Month

National Geographic: Hispanic Heritage Month Resource Library

National Endowment for the Humanities: Hispanic Heritage

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HISPANIC HERITAGE FOOD INSPIRATION

FICTION

NONFICTION

LIBROS EN ESPAÑOL

POETRY & ESSAYS

Amy’s Favorites: Latinx Poetry

Be Recorder by Carmen Gimenez Smith.  A collection of poems that explores way of reckoning with being a minority American citizen in our turbulent society.

The Carrying by Ada Limon.  Limon, who is of Mexican-American descent, here writes a poetry of correspondence between herself and the poet Natalie Diaz.  Bright Dead Things, her first book of poetry, is equally skilled at finding the extraordinary in the everyday.

The collected poems of Octavio Paz.  This existential, surrealist poet from Mexico sought to find the duty of creative people within social structures.

Kingdom Animalia by Aracelis Girmay.  The poems in this collection explore death in vibrant ways, so we begin to see life as “the only kingdom, the kingdom of touching.”

My wicked, wicked ways by Sandra Cisneros.  The author of The House on Mango Street writes poems with spice and vigor and sparkle.

The other side = El Otro Lado by Julia Alvarez.  A classic of contemporary Latinx poetry, Alvarez’s book explores how her Dominican Republic roots have worked their way into American soil (and how they haven’t).

A place to stand by Jimmy Santiago Baca.  Baca spent five years in prison for drug charges; this book details that story and how he emerged from prison a poet.

Selected poems of Gabriela Mistral.  Mistral is the first Latina to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature.  In addition to writing moving poems about love, everyday life, and death, she was an advocate for the rights of women and children.

Twenty love poems and a song of despair by Pablo Neruda.  The Chilean poet Neruda was also a diplomat and politician.  This volume is an excellent introduction to this well-known writer’s work, but all of his books are memorable.

Virgin: poems by Analicia Sotelo.  Sotelo explores women, myth, and the experiences of being Mexican-American in poems that are accessible, lush, and a little bit snarky.

Online Poetry Resources

American Academy of Poets: Hispanic Heritage Month

Poetry Foundation: Latinx Voices in Poetry

HISPANIC AMERICAN BIOGRAPHIES

DATABASES & WEB RESOURCES

Smithsonian: Latino Center & Learning Lab Collections

National Park Service: Hispanic Heritage Month

The National Archives: Hispanic Heritage Month

National Geographic: Hispanic Heritage Month Resource Library

National Endowment for the Humanities: Hispanic Heritage

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