WHITE PLAINS, NY ?? Honduran author Roberto Quesada made a big impact on students, like Juan Hoyos, during his annual visit Thursday to Alberto Minotta’s Spanish Latin Heritage 2 class at White Plains High School.
For the past 10 years, Quesada has visited Minotta’s classrooms to share his passion for literature with students like Hoyos, who said he was linked to one thing in particular.
âHe said he had always known he wanted to write since he was young; it was inspiring,â said Hoyos, who gently expressed interest in putting some of his ideas on paper.
Hoyos’ classmate Sebastian Donoso, 16, led the students to host a college symposium featuring the author, which focused on the theme of the influence of Latin American immigration to New York City on the life and work of Quesada.
Minotta first sought out Quesada in 2002 because he was struck by his work, which depicts the life and challenges of immigrants in America.
âIt validates their work in terms of realizing the importance of literature and how it can relate to their lives and the lives of others,â said Minotta.
Ahead of Thursday’s visit, the former National Endowment for the Humanities scholar had his class read “Nunca Entres Por Miami” (“Never Enter Through Miami”) from Quesada. Minotta said the students could somehow feel about the material, but when they got the opportunity to meet the author, they couldn’t help but get excited. .
âI thought it was a great opportunity,â said Madelyn Gallardo.
The 15-year-old was one of many to ask questions during the question-and-answer portion of the event, which she said lasted around 45 minutes. Some students, Minotta said, even got autographs.
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