On October 21, 2023, Empowering Latino Futures recognized a record number of authors and books at the 25th INTERNATIONAL LATINO BOOK AWARDS, including two Notre Dame Press poetry titles, at a ceremony held at Los Angeles City College, CA.
Magnificent Errors by Sheryl Luna and Stepmotherland by Darrel Alejandro Holnes both won Juan Felipe Herrera Best Poetry Book Awards. Luna was recognized with a gold medal, and Holnes with bronze. The award honors Juan Felipe Herrera, a Latino poet and activist who served as the United States’ first Latino poet laureate from 2015 to 2017 and as poet laureate of California from 2012 to 2015.
Magnificent Errors, Luna’s third book and winner of the Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry, is a collection of poems that shows how mental health challenges can elicit beauty, resiliency, and hope. Stepmotherland, winner of the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize, is a tour-de-force debut collection about coming of age, coming out, and coming to America. Both books were published in 2022 by the University of Notre Dame Press and are available for purchase at undpress.nd.edu and at many bookstores and online book vendors.
Empowering Latino Futures (ELF) (formerly Latino Literacy Now) is a 501c3 nonprofit founded in 1997, headquartered today in Fallbrook, California. ELF’s programs recognize excellence in literature through the Latino Book & Family Festivals and the International Latino Book Awards (ILBA). Authors, translators, and illustrators are honored for their books written in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME PRESS: The University of Notre Dame Press, the largest Catholic university press in the world, publishes academic and general interest books that engage the most enduring questions of our time. The Press primarily publishes in areas that align with the academic strengths of the University of Notre Dame, including religion, theology, history, philosophy, political science and theory, medieval studies, Irish studies, Latin American studies, and international relations. Through reviews, scholarly citations, and translations, Notre Dame Press books extend the reach and reputation of the University.