Celebrating Central American Authors

This 2021 we celebrate literary works by Central American authors. Too often our voices are lost in the larger Latin American space so it’s important to uplift our own across all industries and mediums. We’ve compiled a list of Central American authors (one source: Teaching For Change) that we wish to highlight. As part of this effort we’ve also purchased the books and plan on raffling them off at in person events in Houston and through social media.

Please help us continue uplift our voice by supporting Central American authors and also share with us any additional authors we should highlight in the future.


Omar CastanedaAmong the Volcanoes  [Middle Grades]


Melissa Cardoza13 Colors of the Honduran Resistance: Trece colores de la resistencia Hondureña (Letras) [HS/Adult Nonfiction]


René Colato LaínezMis Zapatos y Yo Cruzando Tres Fronteras [Early Childhood/Elementary]

Jorge Argueta – Agua, Aguita | Water, Little Water [Early Childhood/Elementary]

Mario BencastroA Promise to Keep [Middle Grades]

Randy Jurado ErtllThe Lives and Times of El Cipitio  [HS/Adult Fiction]


Nina SerranoNicaragua Way [HS/Adult Fiction]


Sergio Ramírez La Fugitiva [HS/Adult Fiction]


Edited By Leticia Hernández-Linares, Rubén Martínez, & Héctor Tobar – The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States [HS/Adult Nonfiction]

Upcoming Houston area events we will be a part of:
September 15 – NEA Big Read Kick-off & Book Distribution @ 6pm
September 18 –Hispanic Heritage Month Fiesta @ Houston Public Library @ 11am

Celebrate CACHADA

You are invited to celebrate Central American Film with us at SXSW…

Join us Sunday, March 10th from 7-9pm as the Central American Collective brings together community, business and industry leaders to celebrate the accomplishments of Salvadoran talent in the visual arts.

We want to thank Gloria’s Latin Cuisine in Downtown Austin for opening their doors and hosting this very special reception. This Salvadoran owned franchise has been a champion of our community by supporting charitable causes and continues to celebrate our culture through an extraordinary culinary experience.

CACHADA, a Salvadoran docufilm by Marlén Viñayo, is making it’s world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival on March 10th.

El Salvador @ SXSW!!

Photo Credit: CACHADA: The Opportunity Facebook


Last month we had the honor of hosting A Conversation with André R. Guttfreund in partnership with UH Center for Mexican American Studies. During that event Andre screened the trailer of the Salvadoran film he produced called Cachada: The Opportunity…today we have the pleasure of sharing with you that it has just been announced as the first Salvadoran film to be featured at SXSW. This documentary will be making it’s World Premiere in Austin, TX this March at one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world.

Major Congratulations to Andre and especially to the WOMEN behind the film…it’s director Marlén Viñayo and the ALL FEMALE CAST composed of Evelin Chileno, Magaly Lemus, Ruth H. Vega, Magdalena Henríquez, Wendy Hernández, and Egly Larreynaga.

Film Synopsis

Five Salvadoran women -poor, single mothers, street vendors- have decided to embark on an unlikely dream: they want to become theater actresses. 
After forming their own company, they accept the challenge of putting on a play through which they’ll bring their cruel life stories to the stage. What began as an experiment has turned into the only opportunity to transform their lives, but will they be able to face their past and get over their fears, traumas and dark secrets? 
Filmed over a year and a half, this observational documentary is witness to the process of creating their play, through which they’ll discover themselves as victims and victimizers in a cycle of multigenerational violence.

Film’s Trailer https://vimeo.com/241360206