'Memorias del Silencio' Poetry event celebrated at Rio Grande campus "The best part is to see my students with their families here." -Daniel Luis Ropera, event director

November 19, 2019


Authors of the book series “Memorias del Silencio,” went to the Rio Grande little chapel to read some of their poems for the release of the book’s 12th volume on Nov. 7.



Robert Bañuelos/ Tejano Tribune

Daniel Luis Ropera discussing what the authors have to read about the art they prepared to the an audience of 60 people.


Traditional pan Dulce and drinks were offered beforehand to make an enjoyable reading session.


Five authors prepared to read some of their art to an audience of about 60 people.


They read inspirational poems as the crowd got involved by laughing along and clapping.


The reading session lasted about 45 minutes, afterwards the authors stayed for meet and greets and to answer questions from the audience.


“I have always liked music and when I hear music I get inspired.


Like with this poem, I created it was because I was a mechanic and I would hear music.


So afterwards I just sat down and wrote a poem,” said 20-year-old author Luis Calamaco, who had one of his poems published in the book.


“One day, I had to write a poem for English class and my teacher asked me to send a copy. She sent that to people and that’s just how I just got started.”


Calamaco said he likes to listen to an artist that goes by the name “Ckan,” and uses his music as his inspiration.


He also wants to tell young artists that are just starting up to keep going and follow their dreams.


“Just keep writing to the end, and that ending will open up new paths. Like when I finished my poem I thought it was the end but look where I am now. Just keep going.”


“I feel so happy to be a part of this project; I think this is very good for the Latin community,”  said Carmen Hernandez, an author who has written poetry for 20 years.


Although she has done many projects in Mexico, this was her first time putting one of her poems in this book.


Hernandez explained how this event is positive for the Hispanic community adding, “we can have another kind of mentality, to the culture and I feel very excited for this.”


Daniel Luis Ropera, the director and mentor to the authors who were in the book, also spoke and gave a warm welcome to his apprentices.  


“I don’t know, that’s the best part of my job. The best part is to see my students with their families here,” explained Ropera. 


“When they read upfront with their families present, that’s amazing to give them that opportunity to do it. That means the world to me that I could help them, just a little, to discover their talent.” 


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