This week we’re focusing the spotlight on Celina Martinez, a writer and teacher. Martinez first attended the Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival in June of 2010. She was drawn to the Festival because of its focus on mixed heritage, and how people chose to express their ideas and emotions towards that through various mediums. The exploration of identity is a topic to which Martinez could definitely relate.
During the Festival, Martinez enjoyed listening to and viewing the works of other authors and artists. She enjoyed meeting other people on her panel. Overall she enjoyed that the Festival “dealt with important issues about race and identity across various disciplines and art forms.” (I couldn’t have said it better myself; thank you to Martinez for that quote!)
Last we heard from her, Martinez was back in the Big Apple, finishing her second year working with the Teacher’s Fellows Program, teaching young special needs students and earning a masters degree in education to boot. Martinez has found time in her busy schedule to write while commuting from work and graduate school. Her latest work is a collection of short stories which take place in Los Angeles titled “Four Corners.” Check out Martinez’s blog about her life in New York at http://ontheb65.blogspot.com/. Thank you for chatting with us, Celia Martinez!