On October 22, 2015, as part of the Utah Book Award ceremony and the Humanities Book Festival, we awarded our annual Sor Juana Prize for original poetry written in Spanish to five Utah students in junior high and high school: Maricruz Castro and Saul Valdez tied for first place for students whose primary language at home is Spanish, and Megan Shaw and Sophie Valeika tied for first place for students whose first language at home is other than Spanish. Alan Marquez, won the Honorable Mention. The awards were presented by Claudia Benítez, Cultural Attache of the Consulate of Mexico in Salt Lake City and Artes board member, and Maricruz Fimbres, Artes Advisory Board member and representative of our Sor Juana Committee. The winners read their poems as did last year's winner Jessie Duarte, now a pre-med student at the U of U.read moreSabor a Canela, the film we screened the first night of our 4th Annual Mexican Independent Film Tour, has a wonderful scene in which pig farmers block the main highway in Chihuahua to strike against the government's policies regarding pork. The travelers ask how long the line of cars will have to wait and the answer is "until at least tomorrow morning." Nearly all the drivers take it in stride. Today in the office we were sharing stories about different attitudes in the U.S. and in Mexico about public spaces and strikes.read more
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