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Sun Stone and Shadows

Ocean Waves Hitting Rocks by Shari Weinsheimer With the beach on the brain, today we're offering a surreal ode to summer. Though primarily a poet and essayist, Octavio Paz also wrote imaginative short fiction that further cemented his place in world literature. “My Life with the Wave,” (or, Mi vida...
Sun, Stone and Shadows is the Big Read selection chosen by the Kenosha Public Library. They’ve teamed up with not-for-profit visual arts organization Lemon Street Gallery & ArtSpace, Inc. , located in Kenosha, Wisconsin, for an exhibition of locally-made artwork inspired by this collection of...
Washington, DC A Chac Mool at the Great Temple of Mexico City. Photo by Adriel A. Macedo Arroyo . In honor of Halloween and the Mexican El Dia de la Muerte (Day of the Dead), we?re celebrating Carlos Fuentes?s spooky story, ?Chac-Mool." About two years ago, in collaboration with the NEA, the Fondo...
October 29, 2009 Washington, DC Stack of books, Seattle, Washington by Wonderlane ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/wonderlane/ / CC BY 2.0 ) In a world saturated with self-help books, I still swear by the words of courage, inspiration, and even caution that I've found in works of fiction. Here are a...
July 15, 2009 Washington, DC The University of Texas Pan American (UTPA) serves the state's Rio Grande Valley, a largely Mexican-American region in south Texas. With a student body of approximately 18,000, many of whom are first-generation collegians, UTPA was one of the 208 organizations...