My Trip To Cuba with Professor Cecilia Rodriguez Milanes 1/13/2012

Cecilia Rodriguez Milanes

Cecilia Rodriguez Milanes is a professor of Latino/a literature and writing at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.  Professor Rodriguez Milanes recently visited Cuba, an Island that offers 5 star world class resorts, hires foreign Chefs from Canada, France and Italy to ensure that the meals will delight the almost 2 million yearly visitors, magnificent beaches, dancing, music, and historic views while their citizens live under strenuous laws that subordinate freedom of speech, freedom of the press. Cuba where government maintains complete control over all forms of mass media, including newspapers, radio and television, an Island where criticism of national leaders can lead to imprisonment and even death. There has always been a mystery surrounding this Caribbean Island and Cecilia will tell us stories as only she can about family, education , living conditions, food prices, access to electricity, water, gas, architecture, changes, progress, Etc.

If you have always wondered about Cuba and would like to know more about  the Island from someone who has been there recently or if you are curious about the present Cuba, this is the show for you. Open Mic the last half hour, call with your questions.

Cecilia’s is a accomplished writer as well, her short fiction has been anthologized in Iguana Dreams: New Latino Fiction. Did My Mama Like to Dance? and Other Stories about Mothers and Daughters, and in New World: Young Latino Writers. Her short story collection, Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles which was released in June 2009 and Everyday Chica among others.

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.