The College Language Association is celebrating Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month by encouraging members to dive deeper into the study of Hispanic/Latinx scholars. Our World Languages Area Representative, José Manuel Batista, has curated a list of influential Hispanic/Latinx artists to start you on your journey! 

NOTE: The list contains some writers and artists who have made a significant cultural impact in the US or have a strong US connection.  


A headshot of Elizabeth Acevedo

Elizabeth Acevedo (East Harlem) [parents from Dominican Republic]


A Headshot of Jean Michel Basquiat

Jean Michel Basquiat(1960-1988, Brooklyn) [parents from Haiti and PR]

The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat: 


A sepia-toned headshot of Julia de Burgos

Julia de Burgos(1914-1953, Puerto Rico)


A headshot of Celia Cruz in vibrant blue

Celia Cruz (1925-2003, Cuba)


Mayra Santos-Febres from the chest up with a look of ecstasy on her face

Mayra Santos-Febres (1966-, Puerto Rico)

  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation  [Short Biography]

A black and white portrait of Arturo Schomburg

Arturo Alfonso Schomburg(1874-1938, Puerto Rico)

  • New York Public Library: “Arturo A. Schomburg: His Life and Legacy” (2020) by Herbert Norat [Pictures, and short 5:41 minute video presentation]

  • John Hope Franklin Center at Duke University: Vanessa Valdés discusses her book, Diasporic Blackness: The Life and Times of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg (2017), with Mark Anthony Neal of Duke University [34:37]

  • Arturo Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture: “Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and Afro-Latinx Ties” (2021) by Lisa Herndon [Mentions Arturo Schomburg (Puerto Rico), Celia Cruz (Cuba), George W. Westerman (Panama), Mongo Santamaría (Cuba), Teodoro Ramos Blanco (Cuba)]

Essays by #CLAScholars

"Sab y la Sibila de los Andes: dos esclavos del amor cortesano" by Nydia Jeffers, CLAJ 60.3

"Ashé-Caribbean Imagery and Folklore in Four Poems of Nicolás Guillén" by Thomas Edison, CLAJ 61.1-2

"There Is No Incongruence Here": Hispanic Notes In The Works Of Ntozake Shange” by Vanessa K. Valdés, CLAJ 53.2

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