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NMSU kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month with poetry reading

Hispanic Heritage Month at New Mexico State University will begin with a poetry reading by New Mexico native Levi Romero at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at the NMSU Barnes & Noble Bookstore.

Romero's poetry evokes memories of his youth in Embudo Valley in Northern New Mexico. For inspiration, Romero draws on his experience in the building trades, architecture and his experiences as a teacher.

The centerpiece poem of Romero's volume, "A Poetry of Remembrance," is titled "Lowcura: An Introspective Virtual Cruise through an American Subcultural Tradition."

Romero explains that the Hispano and Native American people have shared positive interactions for centuries, despite conflicts, and that this sharing contains a lesson for other cultures in conflict.

Hispanic Heritage Month at NMSU will feature a variety of events through the middle of October to explore Hispano culture on a variety of levels and from various perspectives. The schedule of events demonstrates that the Hispano culture is composed of a blending of Native American, African and European cultures.

"The Hispano culture is an integral part of United States culture," said Laura Gutiérrez Spencer, director of Chicano Programs at NMSU. "To be ignorant of our history, our influence and our future impact is to miss out on important and beautiful aspects of this country we call América."

For more information on the poetry reading, contact Spencer Herrera, NMSU Languages and Linguistics professor, at 646-2403. For more information on other Hispanic Heritage Month events, contact Chicano Programs at NMSU at 646-4206.