When we started out, we were focused on one day and probably focusing a lot on celebrating people being bilingual, as in English and Spanish. We have grown with the project; all good projects, everyone who works on it grows with it. We are trying to link all children to books, languages, and cultures.
I can speak and write in both English and Spanish - am I lucky! I've always enjoyed reading all kinds of books and now I get to write them too - to sit and play with words on my computer. Family, Mexican-American culture, and the desert are all important themes in my children's books as well as in my poetry and nonfiction for adults.
Many of my book ideas come from the desert where I grew up - the open spaces, wide sky, all that sun and all those animals that scurry across the hot sand or fly high over the mountains.
I also like to write about my family, like my aunt who danced on her 90th birthday, and my mother who wanted to be a rainbow tulip when she was in grade school. I take pride in being a Hispanic writer. I will continue to write and to struggle to say what no other writer can say in quite the same way.
I write, in part, because Hispanic perspectives need to be part of our literary heritage - including children's literature and juvenile poetry. I have strong feelings that Chicano children need good children's books, well illustrated, and from big publishing houses - that is something I would really like to pursue.
I want to establish pride in heritage for young Chicanos.
Pat Mora, the mother of three children, has been a teacher, university administrator, and consultant. She speaks about multicultural literature, cultural conservation, creative writing, and leadership at conferences, schools, and universities.
She enjoys encouraging audiences to view their cultures, homes, and landscapes as catalysts for writing and for creativity.Born in El Paso, Texas, poet, writer, former teacher, university administrator, museum director, and consultant, Pat Mora is a popular national speaker who promotes creativity, inclusivity and bookjoy.
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Pat Mora, born in El Paso, Texas, is an award-winning poet and author of books for adults, teens, and children.
Her awards include a Poetry Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Golden Kite Award, American Library Association Notable Book Awards, and honorary doctorates.
Pat Mora is a Mexican-American poet and writer who has won numerous awards for her books and poetry. She holds the Kellogg National Leadership fellowship award, the National Endowment for the Arts.
Pat Mora, a leading figure in contemporary Hispanic poetry, was born on January 19, in El Paso, Texas.
She received a BA from Texas Western College in . Pat Mora (born in El Paso, Texas, on January 19, ) is a Mexican American, Latina author of poetry, nonfiction and children's books.
She is a graduate of Texas Western College (now University of Texas at El Paso). A popular presenter, she received Honorary Doctorates from North Carolina State University and SUNY Buffalo, and is an Honorary Member of ALA.