A Conversation with Esmeralda Santiago

Latino Rebels Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes acclaimed Puerto Rican author Esmeralda Santiago for a lively discussion about her latest book ‘Las Madres’ and the power of becoming visible in the United States through literature.

  • Jul 27, 2023
  • 4:52 PM

Quiara Alegría Hudes on Writing Through Grief and Joy (A Latino USA POdcast

In this episode of Latino USA, playwright and author Quiara Alegría Hudes talks about her memoir ‘My Broken Language,’ adapting it for the stage, and how joy and grief intertwine in the stories she tells.

  • Mar 29, 2023
  • 12:42 PM

Cecilia Gentili’s Revolutionary Ask (A Latino USA Podcast)

On this episode of Latino USA, trans activist, actress, and author Cecilia Gentili talks about the process of writing her memoir ‘Faltas’ and why she feels telling her story is a revolutionary cry to support trans youth.

  • Jan 24, 2023
  • 2:53 PM

Guerrero’s ‘Crux’ a Story of Self-Discovery, Cross-Cultural Mental Illness (REVIEW)

Jean Guerrero’s 2018 book ‘Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir’ follows her quest to better understand the life of her father, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia when she was 11. The book will be re-released in paperback on February 7.

  • Jan 19, 2023
  • 3:35 PM

Why Albizu Matters (OPINION)

For Puerto Rico, Don Pedro represents an important link between the 19th century, when Latin America freed itself from Spanish colonialism, and the modern era, in which Latin America strives to protect itself from the insidious influence of U.S. imperialism.

  • Dec 7, 2022
  • 1:10 PM

Portrait Of: Carmen Rita Wong (A Latino USA Podcast)

In this intimate conversation for Latino USA, Carmen Rita Wong shares some of the childhood memories that shaped her and talks about how the act of memoir writing can feel like a radical practice of empathy.

  • Nov 4, 2022
  • 10:52 AM

‘Woman Without Shame’: Interview with Sandra Cisneros

A chat with author and poet Sandra Cisneros about aging, how her work has changed over time, and her latest poetry collection, ‘Woman Without Shame,’ published by Knopf on September 13.

  • Oct 24, 2022
  • 5:01 PM

Interview With ​Erika L. Sánchez (A Latino Book Review Podcast)

Héctor Rendón talks with Erika L. Sánchez, a New York Times bestselling author, a National Book Award finalist, and the Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz Chair at DePaul University in Chicago.

  • Oct 19, 2022
  • 5:14 PM

New Albizu Campos Biography in English Arrives at Right Time (REVIEW)

In ‘Vida y Hacienda,’ Andre Lee Muñiz details the different stages of Don Pedro’s life, but in the end, the heart of the book is the fact that Pedro Albizu Campos lived for one thing: the emergence of the Puerto Rican nation among the other free countries of the world.

  • Oct 6, 2022
  • 2:24 PM

In ‘Chicana On Fire,’ Boyle Heights Poet Draws on LA Mexican Heritage (REVIEW)

In this series of stories and poems written with fire and courage, Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin brings forth a ballad of cantos dedicated to love and promoting discussion. ‘Chicana On Fire’ blazes with the ganas to build a different, more promising world for all.

  • Sep 14, 2022
  • 1:47 PM

Interview With ​Christopher Carmona (A Latino Book Review Podcast)

The Latino Book Review speaks with Christopher Carmona, author, poet, and interim director of Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, about his work, superheroes, the bloody history of the Texas Rangers, and more.​

  • Jul 11, 2022
  • 4:34 PM

Kali Fajardo-Anstine Reclaims Her Ancestors’ Stories (A Latino USA Podcast)

Kali Fajardo-Anstine is a mixed Chicana woman born in Denver, Colorado with Indigenous and Filipino ancestry. Her work reflects that identity in hopes of creating a space where readers can feel represented and seen. She recently released her debut novel, ‘Woman of Light.’

  • Jun 28, 2022
  • 10:58 AM

Interview With Julia Alvarez (A Latino Book Review Podcast)

In this interview with Héctor “Vale” Rendón, Julia Alvarez talks about her identity and the role it has in her writing, her time in the Dominican Republic, the impact of her family’s stories, her writing process, and much more.

  • May 23, 2022
  • 1:05 PM

Portrait Of: Elizabeth Acevedo (A Latino USA Podcast)

In this episode of Latino USA, Maria Hinojosa sits down with Dominican-American poet Elizabeth Acevedo, the award-winning author of ‘The Poet X,’ to discuss how storytelling became an important part of her life, her identity, and the impact of her success.

  • May 3, 2022
  • 10:29 AM

‘Librotraficante Caravan of Banned Books’ Heads to Texas Capitol

HOUSTON — On Friday, April 29, members from a number of Latino civic organizations and other advocates of Latino and ethnic studies will deliver a collection of Mexican-American Studies books to the State Capitol in Austin, Texas, as a message to Texas legislators not to follow other states’ lead in limiting which texts are taught […]

  • Apr 28, 2022
  • 11:09 AM

The Story Not Told With Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa (A Latino USA Podcast)

In this episode of Latino USA, author Dahlma Llanos-Figueroapaints us a picture of her childhood in Puerto Rico, finding her own writing voice, and her spiritual mission to tell the stories of the Black Puerto Rican experience.

  • Apr 19, 2022
  • 10:29 AM

Interview with Sandra Cisneros (A Latino Book Review Podcast)

Sandra Cisneros is one of the most influential Latinx authors of all time, regarded by many as the main reference in Latinx and Chicano literature. She has sold millions of books, and her book, ‘The House of Mango Street,’ is a popular reading in schools and universities across the United States.

  • Apr 6, 2022
  • 12:12 PM

‘For Brown Girls’ Is a Revolutionary Letter to Women of Color (REVIEW)

Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodríguez’s book is exemplary of the ways in which everyone has the ability to participate in revolutionary acts that drive change, but the real work begins within our communities, our households, and ourselves.

  • Mar 24, 2022
  • 5:52 PM

From LATINO BOOK REVIEW: World Premiere of ‘Migrare Mutare’ at the Kennedy Center

On Tuesday, March 15, Vocal Arts DC presented the world premiere of ‘Migrare Mutare’ by the Venezuelan American composer Reinaldo Moya, with texts by Rossy Evelin Lima.

  • Mar 23, 2022
  • 12:37 PM

Xochitl Gonzalez and the Art of Traversing Worlds (A Latino USA Podcast)

Xochitl Gonzalez’s debut novel delves into heavy themes like colonialism in Puerto Rico, the gentrification of Brooklyn, and family abandonment—all through the tumultuous lives of a Nuyorican brother and sister with successful careers and their conflicted relationship with their revolutionary mother.

  • Mar 22, 2022
  • 10:28 AM

Venezuelan Author Ariana Godoy’s ‘A Través de Mi Ventana’ Now a Hit Movie on Netflix

Latino Rebels talks to the venezolana author whose teen romance, which began on the self-publishing site Wattpad, is now a global hit movie with two sequels already greenlit.

  • Mar 7, 2022
  • 11:19 AM

Join us for monthly updates!