Paulinette Quirindongo, an author from Sagrado in the “One Humanity Writing Collective”

A creative writing program of the U.S. Department of State.

In 2015, Paulinette published the micro story “Renacimiento de Richard Adams”.

By Liz Yanira Del Valle

The Graduate Program in Creative Writing of Sagrado Corazón University is celebrating the achievement of Paulinette Quirindongo, who was selected to represent Puerto Rico in the “One Humanity Writing Collective“, 2021-2022 edition. This is an integrated program of The Innovation Station: Creative Industry Lab under the US Department of State.

“A great opportunity! I never thought that a ‘jibarita’ from Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico, would come this far,” she said with emotion.”

Paulinette Quirindongo, graduate student at Sagrado

This initiative, in turn, enjoys the collaboration of the Syllble science fiction and fantasy literature production studio. Its objective? To bring together writers from Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico with writers from Australia and New Zealand, to write.

According to Fabrice Guerrier, author and founder of Syllble, the writers will jointly create stories based on messages related to the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals and to global challenges.

Paulinette learned about the call for stories through Lorna Martínez, academic director of Sagrado’s Graduate Program. She submitted a fragment of her story “La llegada del fin de los cuentos” (The Arrival of the End of Stories), which is related to the time after Hurricane María.

Prior to her master’s degree, this Sagrado Dolphin began standing out in the short story genre: in 2015, she published the micro story “Renacimiento de Richard Adams” (Rebirth of Richard Adams) in Colectivo Microficticio magazine. In 2018, she presented her book Rosario Ferré, and in 2019, she published two short stories, “Las crónicas de un huracán apocalíptico” (Chronicles of an Apocalyptic Hurricane) and “La llegada del fin de los tiempos” (The Arrival of the End of Times), in prestigious literary magazines.

“Thanks to the Master’s Program in Creative Writing, my learning has evolved a lot. I have acquired new ways to write and to look at writing, to recognize its importance,” she told inSagrado.

This Sagrado student hopes to finish her degree by 2022. In addition, profits from the selection of stories created in the One Humanity Writing Collective to be published by Syllble will be shared between the authors. For sure, Paulinette will qualify again.

The Creative Writing Program provides Spanish-speaking writers with a basic education in Literature. Find more information on our webpage.

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