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Nuestra Palabra Showcase Line Up
Nuestra Palabra #NP20 Anniversary Line Up
Join our community to celebrate our coming of age. For 20 years we have defied every stereotype and cultivated an intellectual legacy. Now, we present the writers who will lead us to the next stage for our stage. 
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NP Founding Discovery: Carolina Monsiváis, poet.

​University of Houston (B.A); New Mexico State University (M.F.A.)

​Experience a staged reading from her collection "Descent".

NP Founding Member: Russell Contreras, Reporter, Associated Press.

Eisenhower High School; Lone Star College-North Harris;University of Houston-B.A.; Columbia University M.F.A.-Non-fiction.

First reading of his book on JFK's last moments before his assassination: When We Arrive: JFK's Last Night and the Birth of the Forgotten People.

NP Discovery: Leslie Contreras Schwartz, poet, essayist and fiction writer.

Eisenhower High School; Rice University-B.A.; Warren Wilson College M.F.A.-Poetry.

Enjoy the debut of her book of poems FUEGO. 

NP National Ally: José Torres-Tama, NEA Award-winning Ecuadorian Performance Artist, Visual Artist, Poet & Political Provocateur

Experience an excerpt from his play, "ALIENS, IMMIGRANTS & OTHER EVILDOERS," a sci-fi Latino noir solo.

NP Discovery: Icess Fernandez Rojas, writer, blogger, teacher, journalist

North Shore High School; San Jacinto College- North Campus; University of Houston-B.A.; Goddard College M.F.A-Creative Writing (Fiction) 

NP Discovery: Jasminne Mendez, Writer in Residence, Writers in the Schools

Judson Sr. High School; University of Houston B.A. & M.Ed.; MFA Creative Writing Candidate, Rainier Writer's Workshop- Pacific Lutheran University.

Experience the unique and distinct poems from her collection "Island of Dreams".

NP Memoria:  Claudia Isela Macias, Education Consultant-Discover With Me! Education Solutions, Children's Book Author.

Reagan High School; University of Houston B.S.; University of Houston Clear Lake M.S.-Education

Experience her homage to her grandfather Jose "Pepe" Gonzales, as she shares the poem he read at one of our first showcases.

NP Discovery/Librotraficante Co-Founder: Lupe Méndez, Instructor, Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston

O'Connell High School- Galveston, Tx;
University of St. Thomas, B.A.; University of Texas @ El Paso, M.F.A.- Creative Writing.

Experience the politically charged poetry & prose from his newest collection "Damas Y Caballeros".

NP Founding Member: Alvaro Saar Rios, Assistant Professor, Playwriting and Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Lamar High School; Houston Community College; University of Houston B.A.; Northwestern University M.F.A.-Writing for the Stage & Screen.

​Experience a staged reading from his play "Bienvenidos a Milwaukee" featuring actors Trevor Boffone, Lupe Mendez & Jasminne Mendez.

NP Discovery: Stephanie Saint Sanchez, media artist, movie maker, curator and instigator 

Founder of La Chicana Laundry Pictures, she has made over 25 award-winning, genre-bending shorts. Founder Señorita Cinema film festival, the only all Latina Film Festival in Texas. 

Special Screening of new short "Paradise Exhaust".

​NP Discovery & Librotraficante Co-Founder: HighTechAztec Bryan Parras is a Houston filmmaker and photographer who specializes in documentation of environmental and social justice movement stories throughout the South and Southwest. 

Parras was awarded a Gulf Coast Fellowship for Community Transformation (2008 – 2010) for his video work and media workshops with grassroots organizations and advocates.

NP Discovery & Librotraficante Co-Founder: Liana Lopez is a writer, reporter and photographer. Her work has been published in the Houston Press and Phoenix New Times (Village Voice Media), (Houston Chronicle), San Antonio Current, Democracy Now!, YES! Magazine, Truthout, Free Speech Radio News, Ms. Magazine and various other publications.  

She produces and co-hosts the NP Radio show and is co-master of ceremonies of the evening. 

We will be providing updates to the line up here and on NP Radio every Tuesday 6p-7p on 90.1 FM KPFT Houston, Texas lives stream and podcast at

20th Season
Monthly Showcase
Wed, Jan. 31, 2018. 7p-9 pm, 
Talento Bilingue de Houston 333. S. Jensen.  
Host: NP Founder Tony Diaz El Librotraficante
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