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Editor's Note: The following essay is adapted from a longer article in the summer 2017 issue of the CENTRO Journal entitled, "Gender, Homosexuality, the Diasporic Experience, and Other Key Themes in Víctor Fragoso’s Theater." To order a copy of the issue, click here . Víctor Fernández Fragoso preferred to write using his mom’s last name, some say because Fragoso is a rarer surname, others because...
Editor's note: This interview is the second in a series that will focus on contemporary Puerto Rican authors. To read the previous interview with Michael Mejias, click here . Author bio: Luivette Resto, a mother, teacher, poet, and Wonder Woman fanatic, was born in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico, but proudly raised in the Bronx. Her two books of poetry Unfinished Portrait and Ascension have been...
Editor's note: This interview is the first in a series that will focus on contemporary Puerto Rican authors. Michael Mejias is a playwright and theatre artist whose first full-length play, "Ghetto Babylon", was awarded the 2012 National Latino Playwriting Award (an excerpt from the play can be found below). Mr. Mejias is also co-founder of the Dramatic Question Theatre (DQT), a tiny non-profit...
To read the prologue and previous chapters of the series, click here . "Pride and Courage" is a fictionalized account of the experience of Puerto Rican soldiers during the Korean War. Epilogue: "The Way Home" In the spring of 1953, most of the soldiers had their sentences remitted and were returned to duty. But there was no all-Puerto Rican 65th to return to. The regiment had been integrated with...
To read the prologue and previous chapters of the series, click here . "Pride and Courage" is a fictionalized account of the experience of Puerto Rican soldiers during the Korean War. Chapter 9: Camila's Plea Camila felt her heart racing as she stood up and walked to the microphone. She walked hand in hand with her daughter Melita. It wasn’t like her to speak in public, in front of strangers. She...
To read the prologue and previous chapters of the series, click here . "Pride and Courage" is a fictionalized account of the experience of Puerto Rican soldiers during the Korean War. Chapter 8: The Fall After learning of the withdrawal from Jackson Heights, Colonel DeGavre placed Lieutenant Porterfield’s A Company, under control of Colonel Betances for a counterattack. “A” Company was reinforced...
To read the prologue and previous chapters of the series, click here . "Pride and Courage" is a fictionalized account of the experience of Puerto Rican soldiers during the Korean War. Chapter 6: Before the Fall Sergeant Camacho was not having it. “It is an order. You will shave your mustaches by the end of the day or face disciplinary action!” No one moved. No one dared say anything. They just...
To read the prologue and previous chapters of the series, click here . "Pride and Courage" is a fictionalized account of the experience of Puerto Rican soldiers during the Korean War. Chapter 4: Miracle at Outpost Kelly Chinese machine-gun, mortar, and time-fused artillery fire were taking their toll on A and C Companies. Most of A Company fell back to reorganize. C Company clung to a small piece...
To read the prologue and previous chapters of the series, click here . "Pride and Courage" is a fictionalized account of the experience of Puerto Rican soldiers during the Korean War. Chapter 2: Dishonoring the Motherland Colonel Cordero frantically issued commands and counter commands on the radio in the clear. Everyone, from the American top brass to Chinese intelligence could hear and sense...
*Author's note: "This is fictionalized story about the experience of Puerto Rican soldiers during the Korean War. The story covers from the initial deployment to the return of the soldiers and the war's aftermath. There are actual events and characters depicted in this story but the main characters are composite versions of the many stories I dug up or were told to me by the Puerto Rican soldiers...