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Gabriela Mistral (7 April 1889 – 10 January 1957) 

Born Lucila Godoy y Alcayaga, she was a Chilean poet-diplomat, educator and humanist. In 1945 she became the first Latin American author to receive a Nobel Prize in Literature, “for her lyric poetry which, inspired by powerful emotions, has made her name a symbol of the idealistic aspirations of the entire Latin American world”. Some central themes in her poems are nature, betrayal, love, a mother’s love, sorrow and recovery, travel, and Latin American identity as formed from a mixture of Native American and European influences. Her portrait also appears on the 5,000 Chilean peso bank note. (Wikipedia)

From our stacks: 1. Frontispiece from Gabriela Mistral (1889 - 1957). Washington, D. C.: Pan American Union, 1958.  2. Cover from Antología. Gabriela Mistral. (3.a Edición) Santiago de Chile: Zig-Zag, 1953.  3.Frontispiece from Selected Poems of Gabriela Mistral. Translated and Edited by Doris Dana. Woodcuts by Antonio Frasconi. Published for the Library of Congress By the Johns Hopkins Press / Baltimore, 1971.  4. Front matter detail from Ternura. Gabriela Mistral. Buenos Aires - México: Espasa Calpe Argentina, S. A., 1945.

selinakyls  asked:

Hello, I am wondering do you know of any books with bisexual Latinas?

Unfortunately I only know a few.  

There is Barriers to Love: Embracing a Bisexual Identity by Marina Peralta, a memoir of the author’s life in Mexico and California loving women and men and dealing with issues like coming out to her family.  You can read our interview with Marina Peralta here.  

Then there is Spit And Passion by Cristy C. Road, a coming-of-age graphic novel about being a Cuban-American teen girl obsessed with Green Day in the mid-90’s.   

I know of a bisexual Latina poet, Gabriela Mistral, but I’m not sure if her published work under the pseudonym of Lucila Godoy Alcayaga has anything to do with bisexuality.   

The only other book that even comes close that I can think of is Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis, which has a Latino character and a bisexual character who kind of…. share a body in a way?  It doesn’t make Amara Latina by any stretch of the imagination, but since pickings are so slim you might want to give it a try.   It’s a really fantastic YA fantasy with strong social justice themes.  

Any of our followers know of any others??

- Sarah 

Sometimes the news is bad.. Sometimes a miracle happen. Tears of joy finally escape my eyes tonight instead of yet another tragedy about a child..

Sebastian de la Cruz stopped breathing while his aunt Pamela Rauseo was driving in bumper to bumper Miami traffic.. She screamed for help as the baby went purple without air..

She frantically performed CPR on the baby.

And suddenly…she got help. NBC NEWS reports this:

The female good Samaritan who came to her aid was Lucila Godoy, who was driving with her own child when she spotted Rauseo in distress.

“I wasn’t thinking. I just got out of the car and saw the baby and heard her calling him Sebastian, which is my baby’s name, and I just freaked out,” Godoy said.

“I couldn’t think. I was like, ‘Please don’t die on me.’”

Flagged down by the Miami Herald photographer who took the gripping photos, Sweetwater Police Officer Amauris Bastidas also rushed to help.

The three did CPR on Sebastian, who started breathing — and then suddenly stopped again. More rounds of chest compressions and rescue breathing followed until the baby started breathing on his own again.

“That’s when I broke down crying out of relief, knowing that he was OK,” Rauseo said.

And this…

Rauseo said that she learned how to to CPR seven years ago but had forgotten the basics. Now she plans to take a refresher course to get certified.

“I would suggest that anyone with a baby or a baby in their family do so,” she said.

I told my wife for several years now that this is something I want to learn. She already knows it. It’s time for me to act..

Miracles do happen.

And there’s good people still around.