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Divine is a mother, poet, transformational activist and creator of Don’t Hold Your Tongue workshops. Divine began writing poetry at the age of 12 and performed her first poem at the age of 17. After exposing her writing to a LIVE audience, Divine realized that there is POWER in the SPOKEN WORD and pursued a career in performing and teaching performance arts to youth and adults. During her journey, Divine has released 2 poetry CDs and is currently working on her first book called ‘Something Beautiful’, a life skills guide for young women. Divine is using this outlet to share her personal experiences in how she overcame her obstacles.
Since her start, Divine has had the privilege of opening up for actress Sheryl Lee Ralph and classical violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain. Divine has worked with actor and poet Malcolm Jamal Warner, and Umar Bin Hasan of the LAST POETS. Divine also performed in the Phoenix Arizona production of Vagina Monologues and begun pursuing an acting career since her lead role in Second Chance, a Big I production. She has also performed in theatre productions of Revenge of a King, A Mother’s Will and Don Juan. Don’t Hold Your Tongue workshops are where Divine chooses to plant the seed of not being afraid to say what you feel. Her book, The Joys of Fatherhood, has been selected for listing on Amazon.com’s Marketplace! As a result, her book will now be easily found on the world’s largest online bookseller.
Jolyana Bitsuie, Navajo Song
Silvia Rodríguez, Spoken Word Performance
Michelle Ceballos, Dance
Angélica Medina, Dramatic Performance
Stella Pope Duarte
Stella Pope Duarte began her literary career in 1995 after she had a dream in which her deceased father related to her that her destiny was to become a writer.
Her first collection of short stories, Fragile Night, (Bilingual Review Press, 1997) won a creative writing fellowship from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and was named a candidate for the prestigious, Pen West Fiction Award.
In 2001 Ms. Duarte was awarded a second creative writing fellowship for her current novel, Let Their Spirits Dance. (HarperCollins, 2002). Harper Collins has described Ms. Duarte as a “major, new literary voice in America.”
Ms. Duarte’s work has won awards and honors nationwide, including a nomination for the Pushcart Prize in Literature. Let Their Spirits Dance is on the Book Sense List, and was awarded the AZ Highways Fiction Award for 2003, and nominated as a ONEBOOKAz in 2004. Ms. Duarte won the 2003 Excellence in Latino Arts & Culture Award, presented by Valle del Sol.
In 2009, Ms. Duarte won an American Book Award for her novel, If I Die in Juárez. In 2009 the novel was awarded, The Independent Publisher Book Award (Gold Medal); 2009 Foreword Book of the Year Award (Gold Medal), and the 2009 International Book Award (Honorable Mention). In 2008, If I Die in Juárez received the 2008 Arizona Book Award for “Best in Popular Fiction and the 2008 Southwest Book of the Year Award. She earned first place in the 34th Annual Chicano/Literary Prize from the University of California at Irvine for a short story collection, “Women Who Live in Coffee Shops.” In 2004, she received the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Award for an excerpt from her current work, If I Die in Juárez, (2008 Spring release), and in 2005 she was honored with the Outstanding Alumni of the Year Award by the American Association of Community Colleges. Governor Janet Napolitano appointed Ms. Duarte as a member of the Arizona Commission on the Arts in 2006. Ms. Duarte is also on the Artists Roster for the Arizona Commission on the Arts, serving as a resident artist in creative writing for students in elementary through high school. She is a highly sought-after inspirational speaker for audiences of all ages, on topics related to her work, as well as on issues related to: women’s rights, culture, diversity, leadership, education, literacy, Chicano/Latino history, writing, and storytelling. Ms. Duarte was born and raised in la Sonorita Barrio in South Phoenix.