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.
Artes de México en Utah is thrilled to have presented its annual Sor Juana Prizes as part of the Utah Book Award and the Utah Humanities Book Festival. We appreciate that for the first time in its 16-year history, the esteemed statewide Utah Book Award has included the Spanish language. Thank you to Utah Humanities, the Utah Book Award and the Salt Lake City Public Library for your support. Thank you also to our partner, the Consulate of Mexico in Salt Lake City, and to El Semanal magazine as well as to our funders. Thank you also to all of the students and teachers who participated, to our Sor Juana Committee members Joel Hancock, PhD, Angela Espinosa, PhD, and Maricruz Fimbres. Email us for a copy of the winning poems: firstname.lastname@example.org