For one month each year, the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque brings together New Mexico teens for a creative writing program. These students unite their varied experiences, backgrounds, and beliefs to form a supportive community of respect through conversation and writing. ""de Veras? (really?)"" features a collection of poems, essays, and stories written in the Voces program between 2002 and 2006. These writings reflect the authors' courage to examine their lives, their neighborhoods, their families, and their cultures.
Mikaela Jae Renz has been the mentor for the Voces Program since it began in 2002. She received a B.A. in English from the University of New Mexico and works as a community planner in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Shelle VanEtten-Luaces is director of education at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. V. B. Price is the recipient of the Arts Alliance Bravo Award for Excellence in Literary Arts, the Erna Fergusson Award for Outstanding Achievement from the Alumni Association of the University of New Mexico, and the ACLU-NM First Amendment Award.