Student Creative Corner

The Student Creative Corner showcases creative literary works written by students in the Portuguese & Luso-Brazilian Studies Program in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at York University. Some of these texts were awarded with 1st or 2nd place in Literary Contests in Portuguese (Instituto Camões - Canada).

Community Publications


tali-yanuka-paonessaTali Yanuka Paonessa, born in Canada and raised in Israel, has discovered her love to languages through her many travels. She fell in love with the Portuguese language and culture through her studies and her visits to both Brazil and Portugal. Writing has become a hobby that Tali discovered during her studies at York University. It became ever more pleasurable when she decided to use her language skills to write in Portuguese and Spanish.

Memórias (PDF)


joe_correiaJoe Correia is currently a graduate student in Linguistics at York University. He holds a Major in Linguistics and a Minor in Portuguese Studies. Both his parents are Portuguese, therefore Joe grew up in the community. He was exposed to the Portuguese language and culture all his life. These days he enjoys participating in the many cultural events of the Portuguese Community in Toronto, a diverse and large community that has contributed to shaping our diverse and beautiful Canadian sociocultural landscape.

Funeral (PDF)

O colar de Catherine

veronica2Veronica Bento is a 4th year student at York, Majoring in English. Veronica is very interested in studying Portuguese. Her family comes from a small Portuguese village called Caranguejeira, a place that she enjoys visiting often and a place that both her and her family see as their second home.

O colar de Catherine (PDF)

Discovering my Azorean Roots

stephanie2Discovering my Azorean Roots/ Descobrindo as minhas raízes açorianas

Stephanie Amaral is a recent graduate of York University's Honours BA program in French and Portuguese Studies and is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Education to become a French language teacher. Although she was born and raised in Waterloo region, she has always embraced her mixed Vietnamese and Portuguese ancestry. Her father is from São Miguel, Azores and has passed on his childhood memories, stories and love for his island to his daughter.

In 2012, Stephanie had the opportunity to study at the Universidade dos Açores, which was the inspiration for her article. She has also taken multiple courses with Professor Dodman including the Culture and Literature of the Azores during which her research interests included topics of Açorianidade, immigration, oral tradition and legends. She hopes to travel more in the future to continue to learn, broaden her horizons and perhaps even teach overseas.

Discovering my Azorean Roots (PDF)