Asso-Prize 2019: An Interview with Doralicia Hernández Sánchez

Doralicia Hernandez Sanchez

Doralicia Hernández Sánchez, you are the founder and president of the Colectivo Cultural Iniciativa Poética, the association that won the 2019 Asso-prize. How do you feel when you see your efforts to promote literature internationally recognized?

“May the gratitude in my heart kiss the whole Universe.” Hafiz.
This phrase expresses my emotion in a forceful way, I believe that gratitude is a positive emotion that allows us to appreciate our achievements without losing sight of everything that came together to celebrate them. Efforts, moments, people. Everything and everyone counts, valuing it offers one of the most gratifying satisfactions that as human beings we can experience.
My whole being immersed in this beautiful feeling, I infinitely appreciate the deference that the honorable organizing committee of the Grand Prix of Literary Associations, and its respectable qualifying jury, have given to the Colectivo Cultural Iniciativa Poética, which I have created and lead, by granting it so significant recognition of international prestige. Thank you, infinite thanks.

There are many literary associations in Mexico, what in your opinion is particular to the Colectivo Cultural Iniciativa Poética?

I believe that what has made the difference and at the same time has contributed to obtaining excellent results, has been the agile and edifying vision of establishing fraternal and professional ties with a deep sense of empathy and solidarity that promote joint action between people and associations related to our mission. In these years, the Poetic Initiative has turned out to be a magnificent link of collaboration and support between different actors in the national and international cultural sphere, with associations and organizations as distinguished and recognized as the National Academy of Poetry of the SMGE, which is prominently chaired by Dr Sergio Morett. Manjarrez, for instance.

You yourself are a poet and cultural promoter, how is literature doing today in your Country?

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” Henri Matisse.

Mexico is a privileged Country, with a vast cultural spectrum, full of human talent. We must learn to value it to know how to channel it. For our sake it should be so, there is no other way.
I believe that education, art and culture are invaluable treasures that must be accumulated without limit or rest. Therefore, I think it is essential that efforts be redoubled for the preservation, creation and dissemination of many more educational, artistic and cultural activities, which help to vindicate the literary process and everything that makes it up. We are a Country of talented poets, of writers… incongruously lacking in readers.
It is necessary to continue promoting culture and education with empathy and sensitivity. I believe that poetry can contribute significantly to achieve this.

What type of activities do you carry out within your association and what are your short and medium term objectives?

I am completely immersed and committed to the Colectivo Cultural Iniciativa Poética. Since its creation, I have tried to be and do as much as possible in favor of the project. I think my role has evolved positively along with the growth of Colectivo Cultural Iniciativa Poética. It is a very great satisfaction to understand it.

With the situation derived from the pandemic and its consequences, multiple activities have had to be reorganized throughout the world, we are not the exception, however, we will continue working and advancing, preparing ourselves to face the challenges that the new normal proposes us with great initiative, “Poetic Initiative”.

Thank you for answering our questions. Do you have any message to share with writers and promoters of literature in Mexico and the world in general?

Once again, I am grateful for this great opportunity to share with all its members, participants of the Grand Prix of Literary Associations and all its readers, some of my thoughts and ideas.
I wish to express my admiration, gratitude and respect to my peers, colleagues from Mexico and the world for their invaluable work. May the following text (which has been wrongly attributed to Mario Benedetti) be a fraternal hug from my heart to yours:

“Don’t give up, please don’t give in,
although the cold burns,
although fear bites,
Although the sun goes down and the wind is silent,
There is still fire in your soul,
There’s still life in your dreams

Because every day is a new beginning,
Because this is the time and the best time.
Because you are not alone, because I love you.”


Source: GPLA

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