Latin American Writer's Institute (LAWI)

Housed at Hostos Community College since 1992, the Latin American Writer’s Institute (LAWI) is devoted to promoting Latin American, Latina/o, and Ibero- American literature in the United States and across borders.

Since its founding at The City College of New York in 1987, LAWI has been devoted to promoting and disseminating the work of Latin American, Ibero-American, and U.S. Latina/o writers who write in Spanish, English, and other languages of the Americas, and reside in the United States. One of its main tools for doing so is the publication of Hostos Review/Revista Hostosiana, a multilingual literary journal devoted to promoting, showcasing, and disseminating the richness and plurality of this literary production.

LAWI also supports local communities of emerging and established writers and works to build bridges between US-based writers and their counterparts in Latin America, Spain, and other parts of the world by sponsoring and co-sponsoring creative writing workshops, literary readings, festivals, and conferences. In addition, the Institute functions as a clearing house on Latina/o and Latin American literature, with services available to professors, journalists, reviewers, translators, editors, and publishers.

In keeping with its goal of increasing intercultural understanding, LAWI's activities are designed for a multiethnic audience and seek to recognize and encourage cultural diversity in its membership and in all of its programs.


Prof. Inmaculada Lara-Bonilla
Director and Chief Editor of Hostos Review/ Revista Hostosiana
Humanities Department, C-411H
Hostos Community College
The City University of New York
Tel. 718-518 6881