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The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes talks about her life, career, and memoir "My Broken Language”
The American Inspiration series by American Ancestors NEHGS in partnership Boston Public Library and Porter Square Books presents Quiara Alegría Hudes. In her new memoir, the acclaimed playwright tells her story of coming of age against the backdrop of an ailing Philadelphia barrio, with her sprawling Puerto Rican family as a collective muse. She was awed by her aunts and uncles and cousins, but haunted by the secrets of the family and the unspoken, untold stories of the barrio—the sea of language around her, written and spoken, English and Spanish. Hudes will be joined by journalist Maria Hinojosa, whose work has informed millions about the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad.
 
Quiara Alegría Hudes is a writer, wife, mother of two, barrio feminist, and native of West Philly, USA. Her plays and musicals have been performed around the world, including the Broadway hit "In the Heights" and the Pulitzer Prize–winning drama "Water by the Spoonful." She also founded the online gallery Emancipated Stories, a collection of writing and art by those behind bars. http://www.quiara.com/emancipatedstories
 
Maria Hinojosa is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and author of Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America. She is also anchor and Executive Producer of the Peabody Award-winning show Latino USA, distributed by PRX and co-host of Futuro Media’s award-winning political podcast In The Thick. https://www.inthethick.org/

With special guest Q+A panelist Boston educator and actress Melinda Lopez, playwright-in-residence at the Huntington Theatre Company (Boston).

Apr 29, 2021 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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