National Hispanic American Heritage Month

Celebrate the impact of Hispanic American writers and their work!

Reyna Grande featured in the American Writers Museum's special exhibit My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today

September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic American Heritage Month. We have a number of resources available to help you discover, celebrate, and honor the vast contributions of Hispanic American writers.

  • Watch past program videos with leading contemporary authors like Sandra Cisneros, Juan Felipe Herrera, Rigoberto González and more.
  • Listen to informative podcasts about influential writers of the past like Reinaldo Arenas and Américo Paredes.
  • Explore our special exhibit My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today featuring more than 30 writers including Reyna Grande, Erika L. Sánchez, Julissa Arce, Luis Alberto Urrea and more.

National Hispanic American Heritage Month is here, celebrate with us!

My America: Immigrant & Refugee Writers Today

“There is no America without outsiders. Call us pilgrims, slaves, refugees, exiles, immigrants, even tourists—we all, directly or indirectly, come from somewhere else. As a nation, the glue tying us together is the shared sense of destiny we nurture and the conviction that somehow this place is different, unlike any other, even exceptional, and that here we may finally breathe free…”

Read more of We Are the Clarion: An Immigrant Manifesto by Ilan Stavans

My America: Rigoberto González

Writers discuss themes of home, duality, language, and more.

  • Poet José Olivarez shares how he writes to feel power, to tell his own story.
  • Novelist Reyna Grande talks about writing in English even though it’s her second language.
  • Memoirist Julissa Arce reminds us that her ancestors were on this land long before the United States of America existed.

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José Olivarez featured in the American Writers Museum's special exhibit My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today

poet José Olivarez

Resources for educators including field trips, online materials, and more.

Enhance your classroom with these AWM experiences.

EDUCATION RESOURCES

National Hispanic American Heritage Month tours

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Guided Tours

Explore our exhibits with a focus on the Hispanic American writers who have made indelible contributions to this country’s literary legacy, from 1528 Spanish expeditions, to the first Puerto Rican librarian in New York City, to contemporary Chicago poets.

The House on Mango Street t-shirt

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Gift Shop

Visit our gift shop—either in-person or online here—to celebrate Hispanic American Heritage Month in style. Pick up a books by one of the writers featured in My America, or snag this book cover T-shirt of Sandra Cisneros’s The House on Mango Street.

WATCH

Over on our YouTube channel we’ve put together a National Hispanic American Heritage Month playlist for your viewing pleasure. Revisit many of our past programs with leading Hispanic American writers like:

YOUTUBE PLAYLIST

LISTEN

Check out the AWM Podcast Network if you are interested in learning about writers of the past or hearing from leading writers of the present.

AWM PODCAST NETWORK

READ

Hit the American Writers Museum blog for even more Hispanic American Heritage Month content.

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Erika L. Sánchez featured in the American Writers Museum's special exhibit My America.

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