by Amelia M.L. Montes (ameliamontes.com)
The design cover of Walking Home: Growing Up Hispanic in Houston is a stained glass Madonna and child. Most people are familiar with stained glass: small pieces of glass arranged in colors creating a pattern, a picture, encased in strips of lead. The Madonna, with stars and celestial bodies behind her and the child, is serene here. Yet the term “stained” is interesting because glass that was once transparent and clear is now contaminated with color, sullied even, in order to create this beautiful and sacred image.
|Sarah Cortez reading from Walking Home: Growing Up Hispanic in Houston|
Sarah Cortez, a member of the Texas Institute of Letters and fifth-generation Texan, has numerous poems anthologized here and in Europe. Winner of the PEN Texas Literary Award in poetry, her debut collection is entitled How to Undress a Cop. An award-winning anthologist of five volumes, her most recent is You Don’t Have a Clue: Latino Mystery Stories for Teens which was short-listed for the International Latino Book Awards. Her poem, “The Secret,” was short-listed for the 2011 annual contest of Rattle.
|--an International Latino Book Award finalist|
What I have tried to do in this book is claim the unlived dreams of myself and my parents. However, I have been careful to keep the reader "in the know."
Montes: What writers do you feel are doing similar types of books like this one. What are you doing differently/similarly?