On September 21, Gabriela Olmos won the “International Latin Book Award” for the 21st Annual edition by Latin Literacy Now, in recognition of the literary creativity of Hispanic writers in the United States. The ceremony was held at Los Angeles City College in Los Angeles, California, and is one of the most important awards in the culture and literature of Latinos in this country.
The award was given to Mrs. Olmos, a Mexican writer living in the state of Alaska due to her magnificent literary work entitled Eyes Closed. This work was carried out with the support of the foundation “Keys to Life” and chaired by Shirley Mae, an exceptional woman who works for and with the community as an educator, and of course with the tenacity and talent of Gabriela Olmos.
In addition, 19 children participated with the invaluable support of their the parents. The book Eyes Closed was a project of several months of work in which the participation of children with different cultural and ethnic origins was involved. Children whose voices, concerns, experiences and ideals are not generally heard in mainstream media conversations. The central theme of the Eyes Closed revolved around the dreams of these children, dreams around their family, their community and, of course, around themselves and their future.
Thus, we would like to express our appreciation and congratulations to Gabriela for her International Latin Book Award, one more for her collection of awards; and for her book, which adds to her long and successful literary production.