Anne-Marie Chiramberro Wins Third in Basque Literary Contest

Anne-Marie Chiramberro, a Basque American from the San Francisco Bay Area and author of the blog Hella Basque, has won third in the 2018 Basque Literary Contest for her manuscript “Wannabe Basque”, which is a collection of essays that explores Chiramberro’s experience as a daughter of a Basque immigrant, and navigating being Basque in America and being American in Euskal Herria, a bit of an outlier in both places. “I’m interested in how Basque identity is passed on from Basque immigrants to their American-born children. I wanted to explore that theme in my own life. My father is from the Basque Country and my mother’s family is from the Béarn, the French region just east of the Basque Country,” Chiramberro said, “For years I’ve asked myself: How did I come to feel so strongly Basque and so disconnected from my Béarnais heritage?… This story is me reflecting on my childhood, searching for answers to these questions. I feel they could be useful in helping us to better promote Basque culture and develop Basque identity in the diaspora… Spreading Basque culture is a tool to ensure its survival. The more we disperse Basque culture, the better we will maintain our Basque identities and be understood as a people.”

4 Comments

  1. Gretchen Skivington

    January 16, 2019 at 10:08 am

    Congratulations Ann-Marie!

  2. Cathy Aphessetche Pereira

    January 16, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Congratulations Anne- Marie!!!! Wonderful accomplishment and you deserve to be recognized for all you have researched and discussed, putting yourself out there!! Aita has always said that he is Basque-American and I am American-Basque. Congratulations again!!!

  3. Interesting.

  4. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Very proud of you, continue the great work!!!
    (BAKERSFIELD / Kern Co. Basque Club member.)
    Louise Erreca

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