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Many Houston television viewers know Evangelina Vigil-Piñón as the host and producer of Community Close Up: Viva Houston, which airs Sundays on ABC-KTRK TV Channel 13. In addition to being recognized as a television personality, she receives local exposure as the singer-songwriter of Houston Tranquility Base, a trio that performs Latin and Brazilian Jazz. And, as an award-winning poet, Evangelina is also well known to those in the literary community. Her numerous works have been widely published including Thirty an' Seen a Lot (Arte Público Press, 1982), winner of the 1983 American Book Award, along with her contribution as editor of the first anthology of U.S. Latina literature, Woman of Her Word: Hispanic Woman Write and her translation of the notable Mexican-American novel by Tomás Rivera, Y no se lo tragó la tierra / And the Earth Did Not Devour Him (Arte Público Press, 1995). Late last fall, Arte Público Press also published her first children's bilingual picture book, Marina's Muumuu / El muumuu de Marina.
Besides being recognized by television viewers and local music and literary aficionados, Evangelina is known to her colleagues and students at the University of Houston where she teaches as an adjunct lecturer with the English Department. Since 1982, she has taught various courses in Mexican-American and U.S. Hispanic literature.
Evangelina connects with Houstonians on many levels -- as a television personality, musician, literary figure, and teacher. With each profession, she demonstrates her dedication to promoting cultural heritage and community outreach.
-- Carmen Peña