Eighteen years ago, college professor Tony Díaz was frustrated at how difficult it was to find Latinos interested in writing and literature. He was the first Latino to obtain a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Houston, but couldn’t find many spaces where writers of his background came together.

So he began “Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say.” The nonprofit organization hosts book readings, a weekly radio program, the Houston Latino Book and Family Festival, workshops, and even its own Latino literary app. It’s now grown to include thousands of people across the country, proving that the Latino community is passionate about literature and excited to be part of literary communities.

Read the full article on the organization in NBC News here. And visit the organization’s website at www.nuestrapalabra.org.