Poetry Festival will be held:

Saturday, April 27, 2024

2017 Winner

What it means to be latina

“Estadounidense?”

“Salvadorian?”

The first language I spoke was spanish

I dance to the beat of cumbia, bachata, merengue y salsa.

My hips move to the rhythm of

esa negra tiene tumbao … Azucar!

A melody through my head

Because we’re latinos

A mixture of una mujer poderosa

Y un hombre trabajador.

En mi sangre yo cargo darkness y anger

Mi anger comes from mi abuela

Anger because I wanna be loved

Anger because I wanna be known.

We come from Central America

Journeys of those who walked por los desiertos

Looking por una nueva vida.

Somos hispanos

Los que vienen de arroz con pollo

Y pupusas de frijol y queso

A mixture of color, language y culture.

Somos los indocumentados

Pero proud.

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Estefany Hernandez

Capital City Public Charter School

Grade: 11

Hometown:

Takoma

Birthplace:

El Salvador

Favorite Author or Book:

Endless by Jessica Shirvington

Dream for the Future:

To become a doctor and help kids with health problems.

Inspirational Figure:

My mom, Roxana Hernandez