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Feliz Cumpleaños To “The Greatest Poet of the 20th Century In Any Language,” Pablo Neruda

By Efrain Nieves Pablo Neruda was born on July 12, 1904 in  Parral, Chile and died on September 23, 1973 in Santiago, Chile. He was best known for his erotic book Veinte poemas de amor y una canción desesperada (Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair) which was his second book he published at the age of 19.  In […]

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Salomé Ureña: Founder of Women’s Higher Education in the Dominican Republic

Poet Salomé Ureña de Henríquez was born on October 21st, 1850 in Santo Dominigo, República Dominicana. Influence by literature and taught classic works of Spanish and French writers by her father, Salomé published her first poem at the age of 17. Her most notable works include A La Patria, Ruinas, El Ave y El Nido, Mi Pedro, Mi Ofrenda A La Patria, La […]

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Susana Baca

Susana Baca: The Queen of Afro-Peruvian Music

By Efrain Nieves, Victoria Cepeda Susana Baca is a singer of traditional Afro-Peruvian music. She was born in Chorrillos,  Peru where descendants of African slaves lived since the Spanish Empire. She became “a key figure in reviving a culture that had been largely ignored within its country.” Most of us may know her for providing additional vocals to the […]

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