Neglected by Two Countries

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Award winning author Marie Elena Cortés is an inspiring and motivating speaker with 15 years of experience. Her messages are about success, personal growth, education how to live the American Dream in a positive way.

Marie Elena has been featured on TV and radio stations and has presented to over 100,000 students, parents, educators, and businesses at schools, libraries, churches, festivals, and conferences in U.S.A. and Mexico. The attendees will enjoy Marie Elena’s storytelling and poetry. Book M.E.C. for your event!

"Shine like a diamond" 

Shared my story and my books with  students from 1st to 5th grade in Vista Unified School District

Holiday Book Signing and Presentation at Talento Bilingue de Houston Theater

in Houston Texas 

"What Authors Do" Presentation at ALIEF School District in Houston, Tx

I enjoy sharing my story with students! They inspire me to keep on writing!

For author visits please call (832) 388-8218 or email

REFORMA in San Diego, CA

I enjoyed being part of a Children's Book Authors panel sharing my story and books at Reforma-

The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos & Spanish Speakers.

For author visits please call (832) 388-8218 or email

NACCS 2015 Tejas Foco Conference

Loan Star College-North Harris

"Neglected by Two Countries: Young Voices of the American Dream"

Former teacher Marie Elena Cortes discusses her book NEGLECTED BY TWO COUNTRIES which is a compilation of the true to life stories of her former middle school students who have been caught in the middle of the immigration debate. This is not just a policy issue for these youth. Their lives have been thrown into turmoil by the immigration system that judges their parents and limits their futures. This book is a testament to the importance of all of our stories. This panel will help teachers, community, members, and policy makers better understand the toll our broken immigration system takes on our young. These stories also demonstrate the power of literature to instruct and inspire.

Las Americas Middle School autographing my book to 125 students

Sharing my story as an Alumni at Preparatoria Diurna No. 1 in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico.

International Latino Book Awards Tour in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Las Vegas.

Women's History Month panel participation at Lone Star College in Houston, TX

School visit at public school in Katy, Texas.

Latino Author Summit in University of La Verne, CA

Target Family Festival in Los Angeles, CA

Educational panel at University of La Verne in California.

Donated 25 books to the Consulate of Mexico in El Paso to pass on to the community who needs to read my book.

CABE 2014 Conference with Alma Flor Ada in Anaheim, CA

Participated at different interviews and panels

Sharing my book  in at the Film Fest Hollywood, CA 

Hispanic Book Festival in Houston, Texas.

Beautification Projects through "global heArts"...we are sprinkling art around the world!

See you there!

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