Our spring series Girls Write Now Live: History in the Making showcases the diverse voices of today’s young writers! Electrifying original storytelling from teens who are taking their place in history through prose, poetry, video, illustration, and more forms of multimedia work.
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We are thrilled to honor the evening’s keynote speakers Rosayra Pablo Cruz and Julie Schwietert Collazo, authors of The Book of Rosy: A Mother’s Story of Separation at the Border (HarperOne, June 2020) with the Agent of Change Award. This special evening will be emceed by Carolina Alduey, multicultural talent manager and PR professional, and introduced by Judith Curr, the President & Publisher of The HarperOne Group, HarperCollins, and Lulu Martinez, Marketing Manager at HarperCollins, who will be translating the introduction into Spanish.
Rosayra Pablo Cruz is the mother of four children. She owned a small clothing store in Guatemala before coming to the U.S. Now living in New York, she is the co-president of her oldest son’s Parent Teacher Association and is active in her church and community. She has applied for asylum for her and her sons and is in the middle of legal proceedings.
Julie Schwietert Collazo, co-founder and director of Immigrant Families Together, is a bilingual (English-Spanish) writer, editor, and translator, and a former creative arts therapist. She has co-written and edited a book about Pope Francis, which has been translated into more than a dozen languages and is a bestseller in Italy. Her work has appeared in a number of media outlets, including Outside, Scientific American, Discover, Latina, The Guardian, and Time, and she has contributed to several books. She lives in New York City.
Carolina Alduey is a multicultural talent manager and public relations professional. In 2006, she began a career in public relations within the media department of Columbia Records/Sony Music where she helped develop press campaigns for international artists including Beyoncé, John Legend, Maxwell and Michelle Williams. Since, Carolina has worked with a number of talent and brands including Hennessy, the largest worldwide Cognac producer; Netflix, the world’s leading streaming service; and Hispanicize, one of the largest conferences for Latino influencers and tastemakers. Carolina
Girls Write Now Live is presented in partnership with the New-York Historical Society. We’d also like to extend our gratitude to Judith Curr of HarperCollins, Christine Ball of Dutton, and Tiffany and Amber Davis of Context & Co for their help with this program.