DIANA MONTANE 7/8/2011

Diana Montane

I didn’t set out to be a writer but can now attest to the inevitability of that beckoning and mysterious calling.

When I was a little girl I wanted to be a vet, but since I couldn’t stand to see an animal in pain, that translated into caring for my own pets, –all of them rescue– and activism.

I became an actress. But since I don’t play well with others, I became a director. The best part of acting, for me, was the rehearsal and exploration process; I didn’t much care for being on stage.  Writing does allow you the time and clearance to explore in depth.

Of course, an editor can cramp the exploratory work, but I have been blessed with a handful of editors who are mindful of the creative process, and to them I remain most thankful. I also want to express my gratitude to recording artist extraordinaire, the wonderful IreneB, for building this website. Check out her music on one of her links here!

Well, I hope that you enjoy my journey… I am.

And if any of you writers out there are inspired to join our blog, to address, to vent, to inspire, to teach or just to share, do send your thoughts. I shall always care for what you are thinking…

Diana

Diana Montane

EVERYDAY CHICA by CECILIA RODRIGUEZ MILANES 6/2/2011

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Cecilia Rodriguez Milanes

Cecilia Rodriguez Milanes was born in New Jersey to Cuban parents. Author of “Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles”  published in 2009 and most recently “Everyday Chica”  Music and More  2011

As Latinos/as we struggle to define and redefine ourselves, works like ‘Everyday Chica” are indispensible in our search for a new identity. Although Cristina Milanes’s work is fresh and new, it brings an air of the old Country’s classical storytelling that has been lost through the decades. By listening to her poetry we become aware of our new identity being a mixture of the Ancestral Traditions and our New Reality to form who we are today…. The Universal Latina, we are the “Everyday Chica”

Cecilia loves to read and perform, especially with her musical collaborators Kevin Meehan, vocals and guitars and her husband Jorge Milanes, vocals and percussion.