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Patrick Osio, Jr.  
Editor of HispanicVista.com. As of 2002, his columns have won 5 awards from the SD Society of Professional Journalists, and he was selected as one of the top 100 US Hispanic journalists for 2001 by Hispanic 100 Media. Since 1996, he has written The Connection for the San Diego Metropolitan Magazine. His articles have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, the Houston Chronicle, Detroit Free Press, Pasadena Star News, The Sun News (S.C.), Salt Lake Tribune, The Holland Sentinel, San Diego Union-Tribune, Daily Transcript, The News (Mexico City), El Financiero Internacional (English language), and numerous other newspapers and magazine both in the US and Mexico.)
Manuel Hernandez  
Born and raised in Sleepy Hollow, New York in 1963. At eleven years of age, Manuel Hernandez' family moved to Puerto Rico. He finished grade school in Puerto Rico. He received his B.A. in English; secondary education at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus in 1986 and completed his M. A. in English at Herbert H. Lehman College in the Bronx, New York in 1994.
Hernandez has presented workshops, coordinated symposiums, conducted television interviews and moderated panels on the literature written by United States based Latino writers in Puerto Rico, the United States and Mexico. He also writes commentary essays on education for several websites and newspapers in Puerto Rico and The United States. He recently published a textbook titled, Latino/a Literature in The English Classroom (Editorial Plaza Mayor, 2003). The book was nominated for Latino Book of The Year 2004. He teaches full-time in the public schools in Puerto Rico.
His vision is to promote Latino Literature to motivate teens to read and write. Having an encounter with Latino Literature will help teens (especially Latino teens) to improve their scores on city, national and statewide exams and will prepare them for further literary analysis. Hernandez lives in Luquillo, Puerto Rico and enjoys spending his free time with his beautiful wife, Maria and his fifteen-year old son, Joey. He is a leader in the G-12 Vision at Abundant Life Church in Fajardo.

Erika Robles  
Erika Robles is a weekly columnist for HispanicVista. Her articles are distributed by Knight Ridder Tribune and have appeared in numerous newspapers in the U.S. in English and in Spanish –Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The San Diego Union-Tribune, Santa Fe New Mexican, The Baltimore Sun’s on-line SunSpot, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Portland State University’s Vanguard, University of Arkansas’ The Arkansas Traveler, California State University’s Daily Titan, El Diario/La Prensa, El Aguila del Hudson Valley, El Bicultural Newspaper, El Tecolote, among others.

She is a writer and translator now living in Eugene, Oregon. She was educated in Mexico City; London, England; and Melbourne, Australia.

Domenico Maceri  
Domenico Maceri was born in Italy where he received his early training in languages. He continued his studies in languages and literatures at Jersey City State College in New Jersey, UCLA, Cal State Northridge, and later completed a PhD in Comparative Literature (Italian, French, and Spanish) at the University of California in Santa Barbara. He is the author of a book on Pirandello and one on Spanish grammar. He has also published a number of articles which appeared in World Literature Today, Italian Quarterly, Hispania, Teacher Magazine, Mosaic, Italian Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Hispanic Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, L’Unità, Vista Magazine, The Washington Times, La Opinión, The Japan Times, Language Magazine, and elsewhere. His weekly column appears at HispanicVista.com and is syndicated by Knight-Ridder. Dr. Maceri is professor of Romance languages at Allan Hancock College.
  Richard N. Baldwin T.  
Richard N. Baldwin T. was born in 1930, Chicago, Illinois. He lived in the Chicago area until he moved, with his wife, to México in 1992. He worked for 35 years in the toolmaking industry specializing in molds in what was one of Chicago's important business areas. (Remember Carl Sandburg's poem, Chicago "Toolmaker to the world"?). Richard became part owner of one of Chicago's leading moldmaking shops, but by 1986, the owners began to see the handwriting on the wall of the future. Foreign competition, with a much lower wage base, was taking over world toolmaking. Looking back on this, they were right. We closed the business while we were still ahead that year. Richard then worked as a plant manager for a secondary machining provider for the powdered metal industry and incidentally worked at a plant using 90% Mexican workers. After spending 6 years with the Mexican workers, Richard and his wife, Maria decided to move to México and work with more Mexicans. Their extended family includes both Hispanic and non-Hispanic in both México and the US. In 1992, Richard became plant manager to a Mexican diecasting firm in Tlalnepantla, State of México. This time, the company was 99% Mexicans. Unfortunately, in 1995 the great "financial crisis" occurred in México and the diecasting company bit the dust as over 10,000 Mexican companies did. Richard then went to work for a local appliance maker that provides upper scale home appliances for the local and export market and still works there in a semi-retired position as "Asistente Tecnico" or Technical Assistant. In addition, Richard is retired US military after spending 21 continuos years in the Air Force reserve forces. His specialty was in military communications. Richard has always had an interest in political matters and has found the Mexican political scene similar to that in Chicago in the 1940s and 1950s. So, he continued a family tradition that started with his grandfather who was an editor of the Dallas Morning News. Every descendant of his has spent at least some time working for the press. The grandfather's name was Thomas Benjamin Baldwin and wrote under the pen name of Dick Naylor. The "N." in Richard's name is Naylor, named after his grandfather. The "T." is for Turns in the Mexican tradition for carrying the maiden name of his mother. Dick Naylor wrote a column of poetry, but Richard prefers political commentary.