November 16, 2001

Noted Author Jack Agüeros to Judge Curbstone's Miguel Mármol Prize

Jack Agüeros will judge the 2002 Miguel Mármol Prize for a first book of fiction book of fiction in English by a Latina/Latino writer. Mr. Agüeros, recipient of numerous awards, has published poetry, short stories, plays, and children's stories, and has written works broadcast on television, notably for Sesame Street and WNBC-TV Channel 4. For almost ten years he was director of El Museo del Barrio in East Harlem. He is the author of Dominoes and Other Stories from the Puerto Rican, and three books of poetry, Correspondence Between the Stonehaulers, Sonnets from the Puerto Rican and Lord, Is This a Psalm? (forthcoming from Hanging Loose Press). Mr. Agüeros' most recent book is his translation of Julia de Burgos' complete poetry —Song of the Simple Truth— which Gus Puleo in Latin American Literature and Arts noted as "an indispensable contribution to Puerto Rican and Latin American letters." He is a lifetime resident of New York City and has worked frequently as a writer-in-residence in public schools in addition to his writing and scholarship.

Last year's prizewinner, chosen by Sandra Cisneros, was Lorraine Lopez for her Soy la Avon Lady and Other Stories, to be published by Curbstone Press in the spring of 2002.

The Miguel Mármol Prize is awarded annually for a first book-length work of fiction in English by a Latina/Latino writer that reflects a respect for intercultural understanding and fosters an appreciation for human rights and civil liberties. The winner of the prize is published by Curbstone Press and receives a $1000 advance against royalties. To enter, send a typed double-spaced manuscript and $15.00 entry fee by December 15, 2001 to Mármol Prize, Curbstone Press, 321 Jackson Street, Willimantic, CT 06226. The winner will be announced in March 2002 and the manuscript will be published in the spring of 2003. Manuscripts will not be returned unless accompanied by return postage. For full information, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelop to Miguel Mármol Prize, Curbstone Press, 321 Jackson St., Willimantic. CT 06226 860-423-5110 or e-mail sandy@curbstone.org. Information about the prize is also on Curbstone's web site: http://www.curbstone.org.

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