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Isabel Allende- Day 11- 31days of Women

Isabel Allende- Day 11- 31days of Women

“You are the storyteller of your own life, and you can create your own legend or not.”~ Isabel Allende, Chilean American writer.

My mom was the first person who introduced me to Isabel Allende. Mami was an avid reader and on her bookshelf rested a copy of “The House of the Spirits” and when I was 12 years old, Mami handed me this book and within five days I finished reading this novel. I was fascinated with every character but especially with the stories told by the writer. Since then I have been a fan of Allende’s work.
Isabel Allende was born in Lima, Peru but raised in Chile.
In 1959 she began her career as a journalist.
In 1978 after Augusto Pinochet became president of Chile she moved to Venezuela where she continued her career as a journalist working as a columnist for El Nacional newspaper.
While living in Venezuela in the 80’s she received news that her grandfather was dying and she decided to write him a letter which later became the manuscript of The House of the Spirits. Although in the beginning the book was rejected by numerous publishers today the book has ran more than two dozen editions in Spanish and has been translated into other languages. The book is a success and her style of writing has been compared to Gabriel Garcia Marquez .

I admire Allende’s vivid storytelling and how she pays homage to the lives of women in her novels.

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Wendy Angulo is a New York City born Latina, raised in Caracas, Venezuela. Wendy is a mother, writer, lawyer and the founder of Wendy Angulo Productions, an organization whose goal is to support, encourage, and promote poetry and visual arts in the borough of Queens. Wendy, re-discovered her love for writing in the summer of 2011 after attending a spoken word event in Queens. She then joined the New York City Latina Writers Group where she has been an active member and has taken on the role as the organization’s Program Director. Wendy is an essayist who is currently working on her Memoir. She has read her work at several venues throughout New York City, including Nuyorican’s Poets Cafe, East Harlem Cafe, Sankofa Sisterhood, Camaradas and has been published in the online journal Mom Egg Review; she is a 2016 VONA alum and the sole creator/curator and producer of Canvas of Words, an art and poetry showcase that birthed of Wendy’s desire to bring the arts back to her beloved borough of Queens. Wendy continues to scout for new talent and build new connections to perpetuate the arts and strengthen the literary community.
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