Poet Carolina Hospital to Read at MCC Campuses

(Bradenton, Fla., Jan. 12, 2006) - Cuban-American poet, novelist and essayist Carolina Hospital will read her poetry on Thursday, Feb. 9, at Manatee Community College (MCC) campuses. She will read from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Selby Community Room in the Professional Development Center, building number 800, at MCC Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail, and from 7 to 8 p.m., in the courtyard gazebo at MCC Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West. The readings are free and open to the public.

Hospital's most recent book of poetry is The Child of Exile: A Poetry Memoir. A recognized expert on Hispanic literature in the United States, she has published five books, including the ground-breaking anthology, Cuban American Writers: Los Atrevidos, and A Century of Cuban Writers in Florida. She was one of 13 authors, along with Carl Hiaasan, Dave Barry and Edna Buchanan, who contributed to the best seller, Naked Came the Manatee, and co-authored the novel, A Little Love, with husband Carlos Medina. Her fiction, essays and poetry also have appeared in national magazines and newspapers. A teacher of writing and literature at Miami Dade College, she was awarded endowed teaching chairs in 1996 and 2003.

For more information about Hospital's readings at MCC, call Assistant Professor Douglas Ford at (941) 408-1501 or e-mail him at

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