The magic of the Three Kings

The magic of the Three Kings

The magic of the the Three Kings has been a part of Liza Ann Acosta’s life since she was a child. As an adult she still believes in The Three Kings and relives the magic of the holiday every January 6th by making a pilgrimage to her father’s town, Juana Diaz in Puerto Rico, where a grand celebration takes place. Listen to her story below.

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Dominizuelans: gearing-up to be comedy bosses

Dominizuelans: gearing-up to be comedy bosses

Watch out world Wendy Mateo and Lori Diaz, the masterminds of Tall Hispanic-Short Hispanic Productions, have grand plans, “Latina comedians…we want to be the boss of it and more.” With roots in New York and Florida, the pair moved to Chicago and made their Windy City debut last summer as Dominizuelans, the pen name they coined when writing their show, People in the City–a production that has earned raving reviews and is up for a second run that will open on New Years eve and run through the end of February 2010.

Proyecto Latina correspondent, Ericka Sanchez, recently caught up with Wendy and Lori and talked about their work and creative process. Listen to that conversation below

Wendy & Lori 1: The path to doing what you love. (3:50)

Wendy & Lori 2: Creative Boundries: The risks of writing about friends and family…and yourself? (2:49)

Wendy & Lori 3: Smiling faces and cultural lessons (4:22)

Wendy & Lori 4: Future plans: a production company and a new play (5:05)

Interview and photo by Ericka Sanchez

Ana Castillo: Fueling a literary tradition

Ana Castillo: Fueling a literary tradition

Chicana writer Ana Castillo wants to fuel the tradition of reading and writing in the Latino community, through the memoir writing workshops she teaches. Ana says she hopes that she can help establish posterity of culture and most importantly the family stories of the participants. Literature, Ana reminds us, comes from all walks of life–writing is not just for the privileged. Our Proyecto Latina contributor, Yolanda Cardenas also asks about spirituality’s place in writing, listen to their complete conversation below.

Ana Castillo: Spirituality’s place in writing? (4:17)


Ana Castillo: Can you teach someone to write? (5:48)




Ana Castillo’s memoir writing workshops are cross-cultural and generational and open to everyone over 18 years-old. Details available here.

Interview by Yolanda Cardenas