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Associate Dean Ana García ReyesWednesday, March 21, 2012 (Bronx, NY) - Associate Dean Ana García Reyes will be honored at the Ninth International Book Fair of Dominican Women Writers alongside three other extraordinary Dominican women who are active civic leaders in the Dominican community.

The other honorees are: Osiris Mosquea, poet, storyteller, and cultural activist; Mary Ely Gratereaux, researcher and literary editor; and Sarah Aponte, Assistant Professor at The City College of New York and Chief Librarian at the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute.   Both Professor Aponte and Mary Ely Gratereaux are Hostos Community College alumni.

The theme of the Ninth International Book Fair of Dominican Women Writers is, “Leyendo Escribimos Nuestras Vidas” (By Reading We Write Our Lives), and will take place at the Isabella Home Center Theater and the Dominican Cultural Council in New York City from Friday, March 23, 2012 through Sunday, March 25, 2012.

A panel of distinguished educators, administrators, and Hostos alumni will give presentations at the Dominican Cultural Council on Sunday, March 25th. The panelists include: Mr. Aldrin Rafael  Bonilla, Site  Administrator and Director of CUNY in the Heights; Dr. Fénix Arias, Assessment Director at York College; Professor Sarah Aponte, Chief Librarian of the CUNY DSI; Dr. Marybelle Ferreira, NYC DOE  Administrator; and Associate Dean Ana García Reyes.

Scholars, poets, writers, and artists from Canada, Romania, Mexico, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Spain, the Dominican Republic, and others will participate in the book fair. Singer and writer Irka Mateo will receive a special tribute from the fair’s organizers for her artistic accomplishments.  Special guest and poet Miriam Mireles from the University of Maracay, Venezuela, will read from her most recent work.

“The writers who will present their work at the book fair reflect the mosaic of our beautifully diverse and multicultural Hispanic and Latin American communities. They have played important roles in the field of literature and the development of important historical events over the years.  They have also compiled chronological records that document historical events for the future generations. Everyone who attends the fair will have an opportunity to meet authors, artists and poets who serve as excellent role models and I feel honored and privileged to be part of this program,”   indicated Associate Dean García Reyes.

The Ninth International Book Fair of Dominican Women Writers is made possible through the collaboration of the following institutions, organizations, and individuals: the Dominican Women’s Development Center; the Chair of the New York City Council Higher Education Committee/ member of the New York City Council (District 10), the Hon. Ydanis Rodríguez; The Office of University Relations of The City University of New York; Eugenio María de Hostos Community College/CUNY; GFDDD; FUNGLODE; the Minister of Culture of the Dominican Republic in New York; and the Consulate General of the Dominican Republic in New York.

For more information, please contact Karina Rieke, Director of the Ninth International Book Fair, at feriadeescritores@aol.com or karinarieke@gmail.com.

Book Fair Calendar by Location
Friday, March 23rd – 7:00pm, Opening Reception
Isabella Home Center (515 Audubon Avenue, NYC, NY 10040)

Saturday, March 24th – 10:00am –
6: 00pm, Book Fair
(541 W. 145th Street, Between Amsterdam and Broadway)
Minister of Culture of the Dominican Republic in NY

Saturday March 24th at 7:00pm, presentation of the Vagina Monologues (Ministerio de la Cultura Dominicana en New York)

Sunday, March 25th – 10:00am – 6:00pm, Book Fair (Ministerio de la Cultura Dominicana en New York)

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York system, was founded in 1968.  In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in the fall of 1970 to the spring 2012 enrollment of over 7,000 students.  The college also serves an additional 10,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College, visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.

Media Contact:
Ana M. Carrión - amcarrion@hostos.cuny.edu
Soldanela Rivera - srlopez@hostos.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-518-6872 or 917-627-9097


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