I am so pleased and honored to be a 2014 recipient of a Jerome Travel and Study Grant. My grant proposal outlined my plans to travel to New York in September to attend the third annual Latino Writers Conference sponsored by Las Comadres. The keynote speaker for the conference is memoir writer Esmeralda Santiago, author of I Was Puerto Rican. I have studied her book for inspiration as I work on my own memoir. I am thrilled at the prospect of both attending a fabulous conference and seeing New York City.