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Latina Voices: Entertaining, Educational, and Inspirational


Colorado Springs, Colo. (September 27, 2011) – Come join Pikes Peak Library District for Latina Voices, a program that will include readings by Latina authors and poets, a panel on Latina issues (from wellness to employment), a short film, and an inspirational keynote address. The program will be presented from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 1 at East Library. It is intended to be entertaining, educational, and inspirational. All activities are free, and lunch is included! The public is encouraged to attend and to participate. This program is a presentation of the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District in partnership with local individuals and organizations.

Participating Readers:
Bonnie Gonzales, sister of local author Lou Gonzales.
Mimi Wheatwind, poet and professor at Ft. Lewis State College.
Debra Gallegos, actress and musician
Juliana Aragon Fatula, author of Crazy Chicana in Catholic City and other works
Frances Gomeztagle, freelance journalist

The Latina Voices Panel Discussion will offer an opportunity for members of our local Latina community to talk about the paths they have taken to success and challenges that exist in particular segments of our culture. Discussion will cover health and wellness, education, career, community, and family as they apply to the Latina experience.

Mimi Wheatwind, poet and professor at Ft. Lewis College, will field education.
Debra Gallegos, Denver actress and director of The Center for Equal Employment at CDOT
Amparo Rodriguez, Centro de la Familia
Ada Torres, Executive Director of Latino American Health Network

Following the panel discussion, the group will break for lunch provided by The Pikes Peak Library District Foundation and Chipotle, and a film screening. Excerpts of PPLD’s ¿De dónde eres? Cultural Origins of the Latino/Hispanic Experience in Southern Colorado will be shown, featuring video portraits of life in Southern Colorado.

Lunch will be followed by the keynote presentation. Mireya Garcia, newscaster at KRDO and Telemundo locally, will talk about the unique journey she has taken to success.

Pikes Peak Library District and its partners are proud to offer diverse programs and activities to residents of the Pikes Peak region. For additional information on Latina Voices, please contact Dee Vazquez Sabol at or 719-531-6333, x1200.