What great news! Quiara Alegría Hudes wins 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Quiara Alegría Hudes is a Puerto Rican writer who just united the whole Latino community by winning the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for her play Water by the Spoonful, about an Iraq war veteran coming to terms with his new civilian life and job in a bar. The dramatist is the first Latina to win a Pulitzer prize for dramatic theater! She grew up in Philadelphia, which inspired her to bring this "imaginative play", as it was call by the Columbia University's prize board, to life.
The coveted and prestigious award has been given out by Columbia University since the end of the XIX century as recognition of professional excellence in journalism, literature, music and theater. Until now, it was never awarded to a Latina for dramatic theater and that fill me with great pride! The award is a reflection of the serious intellect Latinas possess, and a marker of all that we contribute to this country.
Fortunately, this is not the first time someone of Hispanic origin has won a Pulitzer. In 2003 Cuban dramatist, Nilo Cruz, received the Pulitzer prize for his work, Ana in the Tropics. Among others whom have won Pulitzers are Dominican author Junot Díaz, for his book The Brief an Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and Guatemalan journalist Rubén Vives, who got the award in the 2011 for a news article that brought to light the huge wages earned by civil servants in Los Angeles, California.
And, of course us, Latinas are never far behind. In the Pulitzer Prize's history, the work of Cuban journalist Liz Balmaseda has won twice, in 1993 and 2001. Mireya Navarro and Mirta Ojito, of Cuban origin won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for the New York Times series "How RACE is Lived in America", and Sonia Nazario was awarded this prize in the 2003 for her writings on social issues in Los Angeles Times.
Nothing is better for our community than knowing that, each and every day, Latinos are gaining ground in this country. Congratulations Quiara Alegría for this richly deserved award! And we hope that next year, we would see more Latino names in the list of winners.
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