Inspired to write by a prophetic dream of her father in 1995, Irish, Latina author, Stella Pope Duarte, believes that writing, like love, begins within or it doesn’t start at all. Hailed by critics as a “major, new literary voice in America,” Duarte is described by Jacquelyn Mitchard as a “magical weaver with a sure hand and a pure heart,” and by Ursula K. Le Guin as an author who “will enlarge humanity.” Her works include: "Fragile Night;" "Let Their Spirits Dance;" "If I Die in Juárez;" "Women Who Live in Coffee Shops and Other Stories;" "Writing Through Revelations, Visions and Dreams: The memoir of a writer’s soul;" "Raul H. Yzaguirre: Seated at the Table of Power;" and, "BLANCO, The Little Donkey That Saved Christmas" (A Bilingual Story in English and Spanish). As adjunct faculty for ASU, U of P, and community colleges, she has taught education, counseling and creative writing. Duarte has won recognition as a much sought-after speaker for events both local and national.
A Pulitzer Prize nominee, Duarte has won honors and awards nationwide, including a 2009 American Book Award; Southwest Book of the Year Award; Women in American History Award; Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award; AZ Highways Book of the Year Award, and a Book Sense 76 Selection. In 2013, she was honored as one of four Women Makers of Arizona, and included as part of the PBS Special: MAKERS: Women Who Make America. She has been featured in C-Span; PBS and national television; NPR; Books & Company; Book Critics Circle; New York Times; Dallas Morning News; Notre Dame Observer; Arizona Republic; El Paso Times; Publishers Weekly; Latino Perspectives Magazine; Ms. Magazine and many more national outlets. Duarte currently writes from her home in Phoenix, Arizona and credits faith and love of family as the foundation for her literary success.