Prior to the 1980’s, the sight of a Latinx author as a keynote or commencement speaker would have essentially been nonexistent. Since then, the landscape has gotten a bit more diverse. It still mostly filled with celebrities and mainstream authors, Latinx authors are leaving their mark.
Reyna Grande at Pasadena City College
Helena Viramontes Keynote at 2020 AWP
Juan Felipe Herrera at Santa Clara University Commencement
Jose B. Gonzalez at Three Rivers College Commencement
Junot Diaz Speech at University of Kansas
Sandra Cisneros Accepts the 2019 Pen/Nabokov Award
Rossy Evelyn Lima at a TEDXMcAllen