#InSpanish: Entrevista a Kimberly Nguyen, artista e ilustradora de Poesía Alada

#inSpanish: Poesía en español para jóvenes en Poesía Alada

Mariana Llanos, escritora peruana radicada en los Estados Unidos, autora de siete libros para niños en inglés y en español, ha publicado recientemente su libro de poesía y arte, Poesía Alada.

Este libro cuenta con lúdicas ilustraciones en blanco y negro realizadas por una antología de ilustradores: los peruanos Uldarico Sarmiento, Rocío Pérez del Solar, Ximena Suárez-Sousa y la misma autora, Mariana Llanos; la venezolana Beatriz Mayorca; el argentino Julián Galván; y la vietnamita-estadounidense Kimberly Nguyen.

Poesía Alada es una colección de poesías con temas variados que tienen como objetivo hacer volar la imaginación. Aquí una muestra:


Sueño Espacial, poema de Mariana Llanos. Ilustración de Beatriz Mayorca


Ángel, poema de Mariana Llanos. Ilustración de Rocío Pérez del Solar

Poesía Alada se encuentra a la venta en la librería Full Circle de Oklahoma City y en Amazon.com con distribución en casi todo el mundo.

Click on the cover to purchase it from Amazon:

Poesia Alada-cover

A #multicultural event to launch the poetry book Poesía Alada

On May 12th 2017 Purple Corn Press hosted its first multicultural event to celebrate the release of our new book Poesia Alada, written by Mariana Llanos, illustrated by Uldarico Sarmiento, Beatriz Mayorca, Rocio Perez del Solar, Julian Galvan, Ximena Suarez Sousa, Kimberly Nguyen and Mariana Llanos, edited by Ligia Lopez de Castilla.

The event was held at SixTwelve, a community space in the heart of Paseo Arts District in Oklahoma City. It was a fun evening, with so many friends attending and sharing their love for arts and culture. Our main goal was to highlight the language diversity of the Oklahoma City community.

Uldarico Sarmiento gave a mini-workshop showing his technique to work with charcoal:

Kimberly Nguyen brought a fun printmaking activity for your children (in age and at heart!):

We had a myriad of friends sharing their talents: Bill Boudreau , writer, poet and songwriter sang  and recited in French. Henry Cline, novelist and songwriter sang two of his wonderful songs. Staci Mauney of Prestige Prose was there to give editorial advice to anyone interested in improving their writing skills:



Also, we were honored to have some amazing children who shared their heritage and talent with us. First, Tvske and her brother Nokose shared the story of the Muscogee (Creek) nation and taught us a few phrases in the Muscogee language. Later, we had Andre read the poem he helped create, My Extraordinary Tree, in English and in Spanish. Alana sang “Poco a Poco” a huayno in Spanish, to the delight of the audience.

Poesia Alada illustrators, Uldarico Sarmiento, Rocio Perez del Solar, Beatriz Mayorca, Kimberly Nguyen, editor Ligia Lopez de Castilla, and author-illustrator Mariana Llanos had a chance to interact with the audience and share their thoughts about the process for this wonderful poetry book.

It was an unforgettable evening. We are looking forward to organizing a similar cultural event next year!

Poesia Alada is available on Amazon.com on this link: http://amzn.to/2rs3wJI for $11.99

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact us.


Poesia Alada, poetry and art to fly in Spanish!

Purple Corn Press is proud to announce the release of Poesia Alada, poesia y arte para volar, a Spanish-language poetry book for young people. Here is the press release:


Poesia Alada

Children Book Author’s Newest Book for Spanish Speaking Readers


Mariana Llanos releases Spanish poetry book for children


April 18th, 2017; Oklahoma City. Mariana Llanos, author of the 2013 Readers’ Favorite Book Award finalist, Tristan Wolf, announces the upcoming release of her newest book, a book of Spanish poetry for young people, entitled, Poesia Alada. In this book, she presents us with 25 poems written in Spanish, and an anthology of illustrators who bring their own visual interpretation of each poem. The poems will be available in English on the author’s website, for reference.

Poesia Alada will be available nationwide on Amazon.com on April 22nd, and Full Circle Bookstore in Oklahoma City.  Mrs. Llanos will host anevent called “POESIA ALADA, Building Bridges through Art and Poetry” to celebrate the multilingual heritage of Oklahoma City. This event will be held on Friday May 12th at SixTwelve Gallery on Paseo Arts District. The event will include several artistic activities like a poetry mini-workshop, open mic, art show, and invited musicians, completely free of charge.

Mariana Llanos was born in Lima, Peru. She is the daughter of two journalists and developed a passion for writing and reading early on. She wrote poetry, short stories, and plays all the way through school and high school. She studied Theater in the prestigious school, CuatroTablas, before moving to Oklahoma in 2002.

In 2013, she published her first book, Tristan Wolf. Since then, she has published seven books independently in English and Spanish. Recently, she signed a deal with Penny Candy Books for her book, “Luca’s Bridge” which will be available next spring.

“Poesia Alada is a shout out to diversity and the beauty of the Spanish language as unifier between all the cultures that comprise Latin America. The subtitle of the book, poesia arte para volar, means poetry and art to fly. That’s what the book pretends to do with dreamy poems and playful art; kind of give you wings to help your imagination soar!” says the author.

Mariana is a firm believer in promoting literacy and has visited more than 150 schools around the world through virtual technology. She is available for guest speaking presentations and interviews in her expertise topics: children’s literacy, publishing, and diversity in children’s literature, as well as for promotional interviews in English and Spanish. For more information or contact visit: www.marianallanos.com