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Stella Moreno Collection Dedication and Poetry Reading Set for March 3

Stella MorenoCentral Washington University Brooks Library will host the Stella Moreno Collection Dedication and Poetry Reading on March 3, at 4 p.m. on the library’s fourth floor. The event will honor longtime CWU Professor Stella Moreno Monroy, who passed away last August.

Moreno was a dedicated educator at CWU for 31 years, serving as a professor of Spanish and Latin American literature. Among her many other contributions, she will be remembered for her passionate advocacy of humanities education.

“Even though she was primarily a world language instructor she was very involved in the creative writing community here, said Xavier Cavazos, lecturer in the CWU English department. “I believe that one of Stella’s strongest impacts she had on students here at Central was instilling a sense of passion toward literature and language.”

Light refreshments will be served and poetry will be recited from the book “Poetics Without Borders/Poetica Sin Fronteras.” CWU professors, staff, and MECha students including Julieta Altamirano-Crosby, Anthony Geist, Antonio Sanchez, Phil Garrison, Xavier Cavazos, and Andreina Delgado will read poetry from the collection. All proceeds from sales of the book will go toward DACA [Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] students.

“Stella was a constant advocate for human rights and immigration, the book focuses on the U.S. Mexican border and the stories and struggles of immigrants,” Cavazos said.  

Speaking more on the significance of this dedication and poetry reading, he said: “The CWU community is lucky to have two deans (Dean Rebecca Lubas and Dean Jill Hernandez) who are dedicated to honoring Stella’s legacy and impact within our community. Stella was always able to bring the community and campus together.”

The event is sponsored by CWU Africana and Black Studies, Brooks Library, College of Arts and Humanities, Communications department, Diversity and Equity Center, El Centro Latinx, English department, MECha, SISTERS, and World Languages.

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