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Hey Latinitas!

My name is Ashley Steel and I’m one of your new editorial interns. I attend the University of Texas and I’m starting my career as a writer.

Though I’m not Latina myself, here are some fun Latin American related facts about me:

  • I study International Relations with a focus in Latin American.
  • I also study Spanish and Portuguese language and literature.
  • I spent the summer of 2012 living in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • I was in the movie Spy Kids—directed by Latino Robert Rodriguez, and also one of the first American feature films to star Latinos as the heroes.
  • I love foods from Latin America!  
  • Jorge Luis Borges is one of my favorite authors.

I’m so excited to have the opportunity to write for Latinitas. I’m interested in the Latina perspective and hope to learn a lot from you all.  I’m always looking for Latin American artists to listen to, shows to watch, and recipes to try. If you have any suggestions, let me know!


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Comment by Jasmine Villa on January 29, 2013 at 12:29pm

I'm glad other people are reading Cristina Garcia. I haven't encountered that many people who have read her. I'll be adding more Paul Neruda and Guillermo Cabrera to my library, thanks!

Comment by Ashley Steel on January 25, 2013 at 5:12pm

Thanks Kimberley! I'm very excited to be on board with the Latinitas team

Comment by Ashley Steel on January 25, 2013 at 5:11pm

Hi Jasmine!

I'm glad to hear we share a love of Latin American literature. 

Since Borges is a favorite of mine, I would recommend Ficciones, a collection of his short stories. Most of his works are available in both English and Spanish depending on your preference. I find both versions beautiful despite any translating discrepancies.

-100 Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez comes to mind as another popular favorite.
-Dreaming in Cuban, by Cristina Garcia (Topics: Family, Exile, Politics, and Memory)
-Kiss of the Spiderwoman, by: Manuel Puig (Topics: Psychoanalytic Theory, Homosexuality, and Revolution)
-Though I haven't read it in full, I hear Tres Triste Tigres, by Guillermo Cabrera Infante is a fun read, and uses some interesting stylistic devices.
-I also love historical books chronicling important Latin American figures such as Che Guevara, Pinochet, Castro, Chavez etc.


Other Notable Authors:

-Pablo Neruda
-Isabel Allende
-Carlos Fuentes

Hope you can find some new reads in here. It was great to hear from you.


Comment by Kimberley Carmona on January 25, 2013 at 1:14pm

You're going to love being an intern! I was one last semester and you're going to have a blast! :)

Comment by Jasmine Villa on January 25, 2013 at 9:51am

Hi, Ashley! Out of curiousity, what Latin American books do you recommend? I'm always looking for suggestions to expand my library (I love Latina American literature!). 




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