A Passion for Latino Culture

Where you come from often has no relation to where you end up. “Falling in love with a culture has very little to do with antecedents or heritage,” according to Lori Carlson, who grew up in rural New York with Swedish and Italian parents. After earning a master’s degree in Hispanic literature from Indiana University, Carlson moved to New York and published her first book, “Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States,” in 1995. Since then Carlson has written, edited, and translated 16 books, all with Latin American themes. “Somebody from outside the culture can be just as passionate as someone within it,” said Carlson at a Book Talk lecture sponsored by City College’s Center for Worker Education.
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