The Pulitzer Prize winners for 2012 were announced and the list of winners includes a Latina: Quiara Alegría Hudes! The writer won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her play Water By the Spoonful.
Water By the Spoonful is about a soldier returning from war and his mother, a recovering addict, and how they both deal with their struggles. The play is set in a chat room and features characters from around the world, dealing with different circumstances. Hudes has expressed that she connects more with this play than some of her other works, saying:
"I am myself of a mixed background. I'm half Puerto Rican and half Jewish and so, in some ways, living in many worlds at once is where I feel most at home."
Although this is her first -- though hopefully not last! -- Pulitzer, Hudes is no stranger to theater. Her 2007 play Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue was nominated for a Pulitzer, but most Latino theater-goers know her from writing the book for In the Heights. The Broadway hit, with music and lyrics from Lin-Manuel Miranda, won the Tony for Best Musical in 2008.
We're really excited for Hudes and can't wait to see where her career goes from here!