Gabriela Baeza Ventura
Gabriela Baeza Ventura, Ph.D. is associate professor of Spanish with a specialization on US Latinx literature in the Department of Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston. She holds an MA from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and a Ph.D. from the University of Houston. Baeza Ventura has published on various aspects of US Latino literature, including women, immigration, recovery works, language, and YA and children’s literary production. She is currently co-editing a volume for the Debates in the Digital Humanities Series titled Built on Biases: Injustice in the Information Age with the University of Minnesotta Press. With Dr. Carolina Villarroel, they have started the first US Latino Digital Humanities Research Center with the Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Program and Arte Público Press. With the support of a Mellon Foundation planning grant, Baeza Ventura and Villarroel traveled throughout the United States to visit digital humanities centers. They have been presenting on digital humanities and US Latino research for the past three years and have recently been invited to lead a course on the topic at the prestigious annual Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching institute on June 2019. Baeza Ventura also works as Executive Editor for Arte Público Press where she supervises the production of over thirty titles a year that include adult, young adult, and bilingual children’s books.
Keynote - Effecting Change in a Changing World: Latinx Writers on Immigration
In partnership with PEN America, DBF has dedicated its Friday night Keynote to the topic of immigration. Richard Blanco, the fifth person in US history selected to write and deliver an inaugural poem, will be joined by Rigoberto Gonzalez, author of 17 books of poetry and prose, and Gabriela Baeza Ventura, executive editor of Arte Publico Press. The panel will discuss Latinx writing and immigration, the power of literature to effect change, who gets to call a country home, and the value of providing opportunities for uncensored expression. Mariela Romero, an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist from Univision Atlanta, will moderate the discussion.
Tickets available through the Emory Schwartz Center Box Office beginning August 13 at Noon. Click HERE for online tickets.
Tickets will also be available starting at 12p (noon) 8/13 at Georgia Center for the Book (Decatur Library) and the following independent booksellers: A Cappella, Charis Books and More, Eagle Eye Books, Little Shop of Stories, and Tall Tales Book Shop.
Mariela Romero is Univision Communications Regional Community Empowerment Director in Philadelphia, Raleigh, and Atlanta, and is anchor and producer of news magazine Conexion Fin de Semana in those markets. She has received 23 Emmy Awards from the Academy of Television Arts Southeast region and was named by the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce one of the 50 most influential Latinos in the state. In 2019, she was awarded the Olga C. de Goizueta Award by The Latin American Association. Mariela holds a degree in Journalism from Universidad Católica Argentina as well as a degree in Social Communications from Universidad de Belgrano. She is a native of Caracas, Venezuela and is a proud mother to her 19-year-old son Mateo.