National Hispanic Cultural Center

Where the Heart is: National Hispanic Cultural Center hosts acclaimed Corazón Collective for two-day writing event

June 20, 2023

Stephen Hamway

Albuquerque, NM – The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) is thrilled to welcome the award-winning Corazón Collective to the Center for a two-day reading, book-signing, and workshop event on June 22 and 24 through its El Arte de la Palabra program! 

“With recent appearances by authors like Ana Castillo, Carmen Tafolla, and Leticia Urieta, the NHCC has solidified itself as a destination for writers working in a variety of mediums and genres,” said NHCC Interim Executive Director Zack Quintero. “And the arrival of the Corazón Collective, which includes a current state Poet Laureate, only adds to our reputation as the premier venue for established and emerging Hispanic, Chicana, and Latinx writers.” 

The Corazón Collective is a collective of female and nonbinary writers, poets, and educators from Texas and California. These four creatives – Jen Yáñez-Alaniz, jo reyes-boitel, Angelina Saenz, and ire’ne lara silva – span a variety of mediums, but were brought together by friendship and a commitment to embodying creativity in our lives. The Collective offers workshops, platicas, and readings. The Collective also has workshops planned in Las Cruces and El Paso, Texas, with future tours planned in Texas, California, and Mexico. 

The Collective’s work is wildly diverse in style and delivery and encompasses broad-ranging themes including transformative work around identity, trauma, Indigeneity, motherhood, the necessity of art, family histories, gentrification, sexuality, bodies, mortality, and spirituality. One author in the Collective – ire’ne lara silva – was recently selected as the 2023 Texas Poet Laureate. 

First, join us in the NHCC’s Salón Ortega for a free reading and book-signing event on Thursday, June 22. The opening reception and book-signing portion begins at 6:00 p.m., while the readings will begin at 6:30 p.m.  

On Saturday, June 24, return to the Center to learn from these incredible authors! The Corazón Collective will lead a free writing workshop in Salón Ortega from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This event will feature five mini workshops, each centered on the heart. This event is free and open to all skill levels and genres. Lunch will be provided as part of the workshop. 

Both events are sponsored by AARP Albuquerque. Learn more and register about the events at 

More about the National Hispanic Cultural Center The National Hispanic Cultural Center is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and advancement of Hispanic culture, arts, and humanities. The NHCC presents mission-related events throughout the year, some produced by its history, literary, performing, and visual arts programs, and others by partnering with external organizations. Events take place at its 20-plus-acre campus, which includes a plaza, an art museum, a historically designated building, a library, and a genealogy center. The NHCC is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and is further supported by the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation. 

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