UH receives $1.35 Million Grant to establish Puerto Rican literature database

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The University of Houston has received a nearly $1.35 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish a free, open-access digital portal for anyone to learn about or teach Puerto Rican literature.

Read that again… it’s to create a FREE, OPEN-ACCESS digital portal for anyone to learn about or teach Puerto Rican literature.

“El proyecto de la literatura puertorriqueña/The Puerto Rican Literature Project” (PRLP) includes a database in Spanish and English of approximately 50,000 assets (photographs, manuscripts, poems, videos and archival materials), a digital archive, and additional resources that document the material existence and experiences of key Puerto Rican poets in the archipelago and U.S. diaspora.

Gabriela Baeza Ventura, executive editor of Arte Público Press (APP) and co-founder of the U.S. Latino Digital Humanities program at UH, will lead the project in collaboration with a collective, or Colectivo, of prominent scholars, writers and translators from Puerto Rico and the U.S. diaspora composed of Raquel Salas Rivera, Ricardo Maldonado, Claire Jiménez and Enrique Olivares Pesante.

Congratulations, University of Houston! And good luck with this wonderful project.

For more information, visit the University of Houston announcement page.

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Photo caption: Gabriela Baeza Ventura, executive editor of Arte Público Press (APP) and co-founder of the U.S. Latino Digital Humanities program at UH.

Photo credit: University of Houston

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