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  State Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez
Friday, September 20, 2019
This book captures the quest of two men who seek and catch the American dream. It represents the immigrant experience of so many of our families. The poems are poignant slices of their journey and the impact their quest had on their families. The banishment of Mariana, la hermana, the shame of being short a penny to get into the drive-in, the emotional reunion with a mother who had not seen her son for many years and other poems grab at your heart as you remember ancestral stories from relatives whos migration often brought pain as well as opportunity. The poems are particularly timely in uncovering the courage and strength of Latinos and Latinas who make up more than a tenth of the U.S. population and have contributed greatly to building our incredible country. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, State Senator, District 16, New Mexico
 
 
 
  Maria Gutierrez Ott, Ph.D.
Saturday, September 15, 2012

Your poetry is music that resonates from print to create a powerful image of personal struggle, family history and pride, and strength born in the earth.  I am deeply moved by your poetry.  It speaks to the soul and inspires the heart.  I will share your work with colleagues and am honored to call you my friend.

 
 
  Joe Rios
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
 I just discovered this website. We all have a story. It's the story of the batalla. If people are taught their past, their present is richer and our students really need to know that. I wish I could have read works like this when I was a kid. Your words are more powerful than bullets. 
 
 
  Isabel Barreras
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
 Nicolas, I am so looking forward to reading this wonderful book. I have been perusing through the website and can relate to all of the poems. You are amazingly talented, right on target, and our "story" needs to be told over and over again! As a Trustee for the Community College District here in the Fresno area, I can see this book being well received by our teachers who need to illustrate to our students not only contextual history, but all of the unique literary poetic devices that you use. I am so proud of you!
 
 
  Carlos Camarena
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
As a 1st generation Mexican American student and current Craig Business Scholar at CSU, Fresno, it is inspiring to see the immense potential for this book to open minds and engage students - especially Hispanic students - through its photographic and poetic accounts.  From questions of cultural self-identity to questions of poetic devices used, contexts and links to educational standards in poetry mean that 'The Mexican Men Chronicles' will be an incredible supplement for students and educators, especially its relevancy for young Latino students. 
 
 
  Fernando Elizondo
Monday, October 10, 2011
Nicolas has again hit the mark. His experience as a teacher, superintendent and recognized national leader pin point his focus on secondary education and the use of core standards into the highest level of learning. The book clearly has practical links between higher order thinking skills and their practical application......"a must reading for educators and students." The focus on the relevancy for Latinos is also inspiring and special. 
 
 
  Lori Perez
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Your voice is strong and decisive.  The time to inspire and create is now; all kids deserve to feel your fire for life.  Their need to "do to learn" is real and deserving of our collective best efforts.
 
 
  martha crawley
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Am excited to view the final product! I know Uncle Hector will be very proud and humbled by this book.