A HOMELAND FOR WRITERS
Kathleen Alcalá • Amy M. Alvarez • Victoria M. Bañales • Jo Reyes-Boitel • Cecilia Caballero • M Soledad Caballero • Vincent Chavez • Yohanca Delgado • Elisa Filio • Gabriel Frye-Behar • Alma García • Manuela Gomez Rhine • Maria José Maldonado • Adriana Darielle Mejía Briscoe • Donna Miscolta • Ofelia Montelongo • Karina Muñiz-Pagán • Adela Najarro • Claudio Alberto Rivera • Yvette Siegert • Marisa Celina Tirado • Angie Trudell Vasquez • Juan Fernando Villagómez
Daisy Hernandez is the author of the new book “The Kissing Bug: The True Story Of A Family, An Insect, And A Nation’s Neglect Of A Deadly Disease” . Hernandez was raised in New Jersey by her mother, who’s from Colombia, and her father, who’s from Cuba. When Hernandez was 5, her aunt, who was living in Colombia, came down with a mysterious ailment that caused her large intestine to swell so much people assumed she was pregnant. The aunt’s sisters flew her to New Jersey to care for her and get the medical help she needed. It was too late to completely stop the progression of the disease, which eventually killed her after many surgeries and years of suffering.