Partnering for Progress: Building Language Equity at Artist Residencies

Terrace Suite I, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Thursday, March 9, 2023
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


In 2022, Seattle Escribe and Mineral School piloted a partnership for the first all-Spanish language residency in the US to take place at Mineral School in Washington during September, Hispanic Heritage Month. The residency provided an all-Spanish space for four writers to create and build community. We’ll explore the demand for spaces centered on the needs of non-English creative writers and offer insight into ways English-led organizations can collaborate with non-English-led organizations.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Escribe_MS_2023.pdf



Claudia Castro Luna is an Academy of American Poets, Poets Laureate Fellow (2019), Washington State Poet Laureate (2018–2021), and Seattle's first Civic Poet (2015–2017) She is the author of Cipota under the Moon, Killing Marías, One River, A Thousand Voices, and the chapbook This City.

Jane Hodges, of Seattle, is a prose writer and the founder of Mineral School, an artists' residency near Mt. Rainier in Washington state. The author of Rent Vs. Own (Chronicle Books, 2012), she holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and has published journalism widely in print and online media.

José L. Montero is a bilingual writer, editor, and advocate of Spanish-language literature in the United States. He holds MFAs in narrative and poetry and was part of the Jack Straw Writers Program. A former president of Seattle Escribe, he currently serves on the board of Seattle City of Literature.

Teresa Luengo Cid works for the King County Library System serving the Spanish-speaking population, creating reading clubs in Spanish and as a literacy workshop presenter for Latino parents. She coordinated an early literacy program in Spanish, worked as a parent educator and as a language teacher.

Maria de Lourdes Victoria is a bilingual, award-winning author. She is the author of Los Hijos del Mar (Ediciones B, 2006), Más Allá de la Justicia (Entre Líneas, Libros y Palabras, 20210), and La Casa de los Secretos (Planeta México, 2016). The founder of Seattle Escribe, she is a Hedgebrook alumna.


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