Correction: Natalia Treviño is the author and an english professor at Northwest Vista college.
Palo Alto College is hosting Native American and Hispanic Heritage Month events.
By R.T. Gonzalez
Natalia Treviño, Northwest Vista English adjunct and author of “Lavando La Dirty Laundry,” will have a book signing and reading at Palo Alto College for its Native American and Hispanic Heritage Month.
Treviño has taken her experiences, from her childhood to having a child to remarrying, and translated them into her book of poems.
Treviño’s book has been endorsed by Sandra Cisneros, author of “The House on Mango Street,” and several authors throughout San Antonio.
Treviño participated in a workshop of the Macondo Foundation, founded by Cisneros in San Antonio in 2006.
The foundation, now run by Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, promotes writers who live in communities with limited resources.
“When your first book comes out, it’s hard to get any attention at all,” Treviño said. “I have been very fortunate, because I live here in San Antonio, to have met these authors, and then to have worked with them in the workshop.”
Being a professor and author, Treviño takes her creative writing experience into her classrooms to help students write.
“What we want our students to do is touch their imagination but touch what they want to say,” she said. “When you link the imagination and the expression together, you have poetry.”
At the book signing, Treviño said she wants students to reflect and be encouraged to record their own experiences.
“I want the audience to recognize that they can do some creative things with the material around them in order to capture important things that are in their life,” she said.
Treviño’s book signing and reading will be noon-1p.m. Oct. 27 in Room 130 of the student learning center at Palo Alto College.
Palo Alto’s Native American and Hispanic Heritage Month is Oct. 13 – Nov. 22.