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Hispanic Poet, Events Highlight Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Poet, Events Highlight Hispanic Heritage Month

September 13, 2006 - A roll of events and a special guest will help Collin County Community College District (Collin) celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15-Oct. 15.

Renowned poet and author Pat Mora headlines the college's line up of events in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month which include an art exhibit, musical performances, an essay contest and the Auteur Film Series.

Mora will host a reading at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano. In addition to a reading, Mora's poetry collections and books will be available for purchase, and she will be on hand to answer questions.

Mora has published a number of children's, young adult and adult poetry and non-fiction during a distinguished and longstanding career. Her latest works include a children's book of poetry titled "¡Marimba! Animales from A to Z" and a collection of adult poetry titled "Adobe Odes."

Mora founded El día de los niños/ El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), a family literacy initiative, now located within the American Library Association. The program is a commitment toward linking children to "books, languages and cultures," celebrated April 30 of every year.

Mora has received a number of awards and recognitions over the years including the 2006 National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, the 2003 Civitella Ranieri Fellowship in Umbria, Italy, and she was named a distinguished alumna from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2004.

Other events include:

  • The 2006-07 Collin Auteur Film Series, "Fools, Cons and Liars: Trickster Characters in Film" will begin Wednesday, Sept. 20, with a viewing of "Y Tu Mama Tambien." The movie revolves around two teenagers, Tenoch and Julio, and their trek with the older Luisa to the beach. However, seduction ensues, and jealousies flair straining friendships. The film is rated R and runs 105 minutes. All screenings are free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the feature film beginning at 7 p.m. Seating is limited. Some material may not be suitable for all audiences. All shows will be held at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center. For more information about the film series, contact Professor Carolyn Perry, Humanities Department chair, at
  • This year's Hispanic Heritage Reading is set for 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 11 and will feature the works of Hispanic writers from the Caribbean in the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center, section AB.

    A Hispanic Heritage Art Exhibition will be on display Sept. 15-Oct. 15. A number of student art and prints from renown Hispanic artists will be on display throughout the month at the Spring Creek Campus Learning Resource Center Galleria, second floor. Art and artifacts from North and South American countries will be on display.
  • Hispanic Heritage Month Musical Performances will be held periodically between Sept. 15-Oct. 15 in the Spring Creek Campus Atrium.

In addition to the many scheduled events, the Honors Institute is hosting a Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest for inclusion in the college literary/art publication, Forces. The deadline for entry is Sunday, Oct. 15. For more information, contact Honors Institute Director Scott Yarbrough at

For more information about Hispanic Heritage Month, contact English professor Lisa Roy-Davis at 972.578.5511 or e-mail her at

Collin County Community College District (Collin) serves more than 40,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.