Project: desveladas

desveladas: visual conversations from the americas was conceived as multimedia conversations among three "over-documented daughters of the Americas": poet Sheila Maldonado, journalist Macarena Hernández, and writer Nelly Rosario. Their cultural roots are in the United States, Honduras, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. The chosen name of the collaborative emerged from the artists' many desvelos (all-nighters) spent discussing abstract and concrete borders encountered throughout their collective writing and teaching experiences. Included in the proposed multimedia project is work on a fotonovela; this collaborative graphic novel in photos also draws from collected video interviews, maps, primary documents, illustrations, and writings. desveladas has presented at Princeton University and for Kweli and Asterix journals in partnership with The New York Times African Heritage Network.

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Awardee: Macarena Hernández

Literature, 2016

Multimedia journalist Macarena Hernández, a former editorial columnist at The Dallas Morning News and the Rio Grande Valley Bureau Chief for The San Antonio Express-News, teaches journalism at Baylor University. Prior to becoming the Fred Hartman Distinguished Professor of Journalism, she was the Victoria Advocate Endowed Professor in the Humanities at the University of Houston-Victoria. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and PBS. She is a media consultant for organizations such as Solidaridad Fronteriza, a Dominican Republic-based human rights advocacy organization. She is currently directing the establishment of Inite: Students for Students, an organization that fundraises to pay tuition for students in other countries including Haiti, Dominican Republic and Mexico. Hernández has appeared on shows such as NBC’s Dateline, CNN’s Headline News, and on National Public Radio. She’s covered U.S. Latino issues such as immigration and education.

Awardee: Sheila Maldonado

Literature, 2016

Sheila Maldonado is the author of one-bedroom solo (Fly by Night Press, 2011), her debut poetry collection. Her poems have appeared in RattapallaxCallaloo and Me No Habla with Acento: Contemporary Latino Poetry. She teaches creative writing at The City University of New York and Teachers & Writers Collaborative. She holds degrees in English from Brown University and poetry from The City College of New York. She lives in a one-bedroom in uptown Manhattan where she is working on a new book of poems and an ongoing project about a lifelong obsession with the ancient Maya.

Awardee: Nelly Rosario

Literature, 2016

Nelly A. Rosario is the author of Song of the Water Saints, winner of a PEN/Open Book Award. Her fiction and non-fiction works appear in various anthologies and journals. Rosario holds an MFA from Columbia University, where she has taught. She was formerly on faculty at Texas State University and a Visiting Scholar in the MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing Program. Currently, Rosario is the 2017-18 Schumann Visiting Professor in Democratic Studies in the Latina/o Studies Program at Williams College and also serves as Assistant Director of Writing for the MIT Black History Project.

Collab: desveladas​