I dropped the queen's crown.  My five-year old hands let it slip and slide from its satiny stand.  Glass and metal on the ground, time to find another crown.  My father saved the moment.  With his handy hands he put the crown together again.  I in a long sanity red dress - what a burden for a child - trembled, step by step, through the ballroom but delivered the metal and glass object to the strong hands of a handsome prince that placed it on my cousin's regal head.  Crowned and queen for a night, cousing Mari was beautiful.  She stood, her dream fulfilled.  I could now go to sleep and have my own childlike dream.

--Linda Rodriguez Guglielmoni, Metropolitan Fantasies

Monday November 17, 2003
7:00pm - 9:00pm  Station Bldg. Aud. #3
Collaboration with Kendra Kopelke & University of Baltimore Creative Writing Program
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Linda Maria Rodriguez Guglielmoni has lived in England, Washington D.C., Michigan and California.  She studied at Georgetown University, Dijon University, Oxford University and The University of Michigan where she was awarded a Ph.D.  She is a literary critic, translator and bilingual  writer, author of the book Metropolitan Fantasies (Montreal: CCLEH, 2000) and editor of the book: Enlaces: Transnacionalidad - El Caribe y su Dia'spora - Lengua, Literatura y Cultura en los Albores del Siglo XXI (New York: The Latino Press, 2000), proceedings of the Seventh International Conference of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars, a project she directed and for which she received a National Endowment for the Humanities.  Her work has appeared in Caribbean Studies/Estudios del Caribe/Etudes des Caraibes, The Mawaheh International, Moradalsur, El Relicario, The Caribbean Writer, Thamyris, and Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century.  She teaches at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus.


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