Episode 137: Roberto Lovato on ‘Unforgetting’

Roberto Lovato

Roberto Lovato is an educator, journalist and writer based at The Writers Grotto and the author of “Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs and Revolution in the Americas” (Harper Collins). He joins fellow writer Jesus Sierra in this week’s episode to talk about the book. Lovato is also a co-founder of #DignidadLiteraria, the movement advocating for equity and literary justice for the more than 60 million Latinx persons left off of bookshelves of the United States and out of the national dialogue. A recipient of a reporting grant from the Pulitzer Center, Lovato has reported on war, violence, terrorism in Mexico, Venezuela, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Paris and the United States. Until 2015, Lovato was a fellow at U.C. Berkeley’s Latinx Research Center, and recently finished a teaching stint at UCLA. His essays and reports from across the United States and around the world have appeared in numerous publications, including Guernica Magazine, the Boston Globe, Foreign Policy magazine, the Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, Der Spiegel, La Opinion, and other national and international publications.

Episode 123: Roberto Lovato on Dignidad Literaria

Roberto Lovato

Dignidad Literaria is a grassroots campaign for greater Latinx inclusion in the United States publishing industry that has grabbed the attention of activists and publishing executives alike. In this episode, Grotto fellow Rita Chang-Eppig talks to author and activist Roberto Lovato, one of the founders and driving forces behind Dignidad Literaria, about the spirit of the campaign, its goals, and its future. Lovato’s new book, Unforgetting: A Memoir of Revolution and Redemption, comes out this fall.

Episode 29: Roberto Lovato On Chasing the Truth

Roberto Lovato

Roberto Lovato

Journalist and writer Roberto Lovato has spent his life running toward — rather than away from — conflict. Through it all, he has never stopped seeking the truth and has never wavered from his belief in the spirituality of the written word. This week, the San Francisco native joins the GrottoPod to recount his journey, share his point of view and explain why he’ll never stop trying to bring levity to a complicated and often dangerous world.