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The PALABRA Archive at the Library of Congress

Digital Releases

Every year, during National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15th to Oct 15th), 50 previously unpublished and largely unknown recordings from the PALABRA Archive are released for online streaming. The yearly release is uploaded to the PALABRA Archive Online Feature, a dedicated site for digital audios from this collection.

(Clockwise) - 1. Mixtec Tu'un Savi poet Nadia López García, 2. Mexican author Yuri Herrera (photo credit: Jacky Muniello), 3. Venezuelan author Rómulo Gallegos, 4. Y.A. and Children's literature author Meg Medina, and 5. Mexican author Elena Poniatowska (photo credit: Jacky Muniello).

This year's published recordings include a unique selection of Caribbean, Latin American, Spanish, Portuguese and Latinx poets and writers, among them Venezuelan author and former president, Rómulo Gallegos; the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Meg Medina; as well as a recently captured interview with award-winning author and journalist Elena Poniatowska. In addition, the new batch includes six new recordings of Indigenous writers from the Nahua, Mixtec, Zapotec communities in Mexico, and from the Wayuu Indigenous group in northern Colombia. More treasures include a reading of Isabel Allende reading from The House of the Spirits, a session with Colombian writer Evelio Rosero, and historic recording with prominent Brazilian playwright Ariano Suassuna. We hope you enjoy the newly published recordings! (See below for complete list).

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