MDC Hialeah students win award for literary magazine



Some of Hialeah’s artsy college students are getting national attention.

Café Cultura, a literary magazine produced by students at Miami Dade College’s Hialeah Campus, has been recognized as one of the top collegiate publications in the country.

The magazine features students’ creative writing, photography and artwork, and it was the only college magazine in Florida to receive the Gold Crown Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.

Ana Maria Bradley-Hess, academic and student dean, said she was proud of the achievement, but she wasn’t surprised because of the creative talents of Hialeah’s students.

She said Café Cultura allows these students to come together and express themselves.

“The arts and culture are alive and well,” she said. “It’s just dispersed throughout the community.”

Café Cultura, launched in 2008, has received awards from the press association before. This year marks the first time it has received the organization’s highest honor.

In the magazine, editor Nerys Torralbas explains the theme of transformation that runs through the magazine.

“In this fifth issue of Café Cultura our theme was the tilting point in a person’s life,” she writes. “Poets, narrators, painters and photographers produced remarkable works, unraveling their past and present.”

Among other works that get recognized by the press association are digital publications, newspapers and yearbooks published during the 2011-12 academic year. The entries are judged on writing, editing, design, content, concept, photography, art and graphics.

Elizabeth Fernandez, lead designer on the winning issue and current editor in chief, said she was overwhelmed with pride to see the work of a small team — 10 students and two faculty advisors — get such an honor.

“I can’t believe that our little campus got such a big recognition,” she said.

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