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Giving Voice to Hispanic Authors
Join Arte Público Press as they discuss their mission to recover the past and create the future as a “heart and home” for Hispanic authors.

The mission of Arte Público Press is the publication, promotion, and dissemination of Latino literature for a variety of national and regional audiences, from early childhood to adult, through the complete gamut of delivery systems, including personal performance as well as print and electronic media. In its publication and dissemination of Hispanic literature and cultural information, Arte Público Press is committed to reforming the national culture to more accurately include, value, and reflect Hispanic historical and contemporary contributions.

Arte Público Press is the oldest and largest Hispanic press in the country and the largest non-profit publisher of literature in the country. A a program of the University of Houston, Arte Público was founded in 1979 as an outgrowth of the pioneering literary magazine Revista Chicano-Riqueña (founded in 1973). The Press grew from publishing two books of poetry per year to more than 30 books of varied genres.

Marina Tristán is the Assistant Director of Arte Público Press, where she oversees day-to-day operations with a particular emphasis in marketing and promotions for the press's books, authors, and programs. A Texas native, she has worked for Arte Público Press for more than 30 years. Prior to joining the Press, she worked for the USA Today Houston Bureau and the Houston NBC affiliate. She is a graduate of the University of Houston, with a degree in journalism and Spanish.



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