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Cinco De Mayo Phrases For Writers

Cindo de May WritersIt’s nearly Cinco de Mayo!

Even if you’re not of Mexican heritage, you can still celebrate!

Writers: Here’s a list of the key phrases in a writer’s life—in Spanish. And, actually, we think they might sound better in Spanish. Why not try them out today?

¿Qué quiere decir que Oprah no se llevará a mi llamada?

(What do you mean Oprah won’t take my call?)

¿Quieres escuchar mi discurso del ascensor?

(Want to hear my elevator pitch?)

No, mi libro no contiene los vampiros.

(No, my book doesn’t contain vampires.)

Discúlpame mientras asiento con la cabeza cortésmente y pretende reconocer el nombre de su agente.

(Excuse me while I nod politely and pretend to recognize your agent’s name.)

Haga el mío un doble.phrases for writers in spanish

(Make mine a double.)

No, no he leído 50 Shades of Grey.

(No, I haven’t read 50 Shades of Grey.)

Hola, quisiera saber si usted ha leído mi manuscrito.

(Hi, I’m following up to see if you read my manuscript.)

Hola, quisiera saber si usted ha leído mi manuscrito.

(Hi, I’m following up to see if you read my manuscript.)

Hola, quisiera saber si usted ha leído mi manuscrito.

(Hi, I’m following up to see if you read my manuscript.)

Repeat above as needed.

Cafeína, por favor.

(Caffeinated, please.)

Leeré por la comida.

(Will read for food.)

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List of Mexican-American Writers

We’ve also compiled a list of just a very few of the fantastic Mexican-American writers who have made important contributions to American literature. Consider this your Cinco de Mayo pinata—only it’s filled with poetry and prose instead of gum and lollipops. Sweet!

Rudolfo AnayaConsidered a “founder” of the canon, may be best known for Bless Me, Ultima, a coming-of-age novel set in rural New Mexico.

Oscar Zeta Acosta – Pals with Hunter S. Thompson and supposedly an influence on Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, this novelist was also a vocal activist lawyer until he vanished in 1974.

Sandra CisnerosThe House on Mango Street blew readers away with fascinating voice and perspective, heartbreaking emotion, and flavors of bilingual experience.

Josefina Niggli – Her book Mexican Village was said to be one of the first books to reach the general reading public (in 1945).

Gary SotoThe Elements of San Joaquin, the author’s first poetry collection, features poems that focus on daily experiences of life and culture. We have to mention this Joyce Carol Oates quote: “Gary Soto’s poems are fast, funny, heartening, and achingly believable, like Polaroid love letters, or snatches of music heard out of a passing car; patches of beauty like patches of sunlight; the very pulse of a life.”

Luís Alberto Urrea  – The Hummingbird’s Daughter dazzled readers with the larger-than-life true story of the author’s aunt, a healer who sat up and spoke at her own funeral, among other astounding things.

Luis Valdez – His play Zoot Suit in 1978 Los Angeles was a hit. It kicked off his career and led him down a path that included directing the movie La Bamba, about rocker Ritchie Valens.

 Writer QuestionsQUESTION: Which phrases, and writers, did we miss? 

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