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Author, speaker, and teacher, Rosie Molinary, MFA, had earlier careers as a high school teacher, coach, and college administrator.  Her poetry and non-fiction have been published in various literary magazines and books, and she has contributed to various magazines and websites including Teen Vogue, Latina, Skirt!, Women’s Health, Health, Lifetimetv.com, and Philanthropy Journal.

Rosie’s second book, Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self Acceptance, will be published in October 2010 by Seal Press.  Hijas Americanas, her book on Latina body image in America, was published by Seal Press in June 2007. In addition to writing, she teaches a course on body image at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and speaks on body image, diversity, self-awareness, social justice and writing around the country.

In her free time, Rosie paints, enjoys the outdoors, obsesses over NFL football, and works on social justice issues in her community.  She helped found HAMMERS, a non-profit initiative to provide emergency home repair for low income families in her community, and Circle de Luz,  a non-profit that radically empowers young Latinas by supporting and inspiring them in the pursuit of their possibilities through extensive mentoring, programming and scholarship funds for further education.  Rosie lives in North Carolina. 

36 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Erin  |  May 10, 2007 at 11:50 am

    Love the website and the trailer!!!!!!! Congratulations again!!!
    You’re Awesome!

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  • 2. Zulma  |  May 10, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    Best of luck with the release of the book!

    It was great fun answering all the insightful questions, some required more time to answer and in doing so gave me a chance to analyze and reflect upon myself and in how being raised as an American-Latina has shaped my life.
    I truly thank you for letting me play a small role in this book and I can’t wait to read the final product, I know it will truly be an amazing experience!

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  • 3. rosiemolinary  |  May 11, 2007 at 3:59 am

    Zulma, thanks so much for participating in the research. I am so glad that it was a useful exercise for you! If you weren’t able to participate in the research for the book, but are interested in what questions the interview and survey consisted of, you can find all the questions in the Appendix of the book. I encourage you to flip there when you get the book (hint!) and answer the questions for yourselves. Many women e-mailed me after participating in the research to say how useful reflecting on these issues had been for them. I felt the same way, too!

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  • 4. Carmen  |  May 11, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    I love the trailer, the cover of the book and the song used for the trailer. The whole time I kept thinking about my daughter, how beautiful she is, and how surprise she is when people tell her that. I can’t wait to get the book for her to read.
    thanks, Rosie, for this beautiful “mother’s day” gift.

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  • 5. Sonia  |  May 12, 2007 at 3:47 pm

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! It’s definately a book that I am going to make room in my schedule of diaper changes, housecleaning and feeding children to read! Let the revolution begin!

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  • 6. Bert Molinary  |  May 18, 2007 at 6:56 pm

    Congrats again. See you on the 8th.

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  • 7. Yvette Gerlach  |  May 19, 2007 at 4:07 am

    The cover is beautiful, the trailer is touching and YOU are amazing! Congratulations – I can’t wait to have my own copy.

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  • 8. Vivianna  |  May 23, 2007 at 1:27 pm

    It was great talking to you – when you were doing interviews for the book. I learned so much about myself, discussing with you the perception of beauty as seen by ourselves and as seen by others.

    Thank you so much

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  • 9. Hallie Pitkin Lawrence  |  July 26, 2007 at 2:31 am

    I just ordered 5 copies because I am so proud of you! Wow! I plan to share it with many, especially my teacher-friends & latina-friends in Dallas! Thank you Rosie for always being such an iinspiration to us all!

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  • 10. Allison  |  September 5, 2007 at 5:46 pm

    Congratulations Rosie on all of your wonderful accomplishments -especially the success of your first book! Sonia informed us about the Today Show on Friday and we can’t wait to watch you “shine.”

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  • 11. Crystal Hernandez  |  September 27, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    I Love It All !!!!! The M’ija of the month, Marisol, is my cousin. She does great and so do you. QUE VIVEN LAS HIJAS AMERICANAS!!!!!

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  • 12. fightingwindmills  |  October 11, 2007 at 12:26 pm

    Rosie, I got your book from Barnes and Noble about a month ago, but I just found this blog today. Thanks so much for having the courage to write on this theme. Your book was tremendous. I am recommending it to all of my women friends, latina or not! I’m currently writing about some of the same issues, ethnicity, body image, etc. on my new blog too. We have a lot in common, so check it out when you get the chance. Thanks!

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  • 13. Terry Finley  |  February 19, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    I just discovered your site.

    I like it. thanks

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  • 14. Laura Whitener Caputo  |  May 22, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    Rosie ~ I can’t say how proud I am of you. I have ordered the book and can’t wait to read it! Congratulations on your success…I always knew you would be “big.” Now…If I could just find that poem about young love you wrote that I thought was so wonderful!!! ;)

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  • 15. rosiemolinary  |  May 22, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    Laura Ann Whitener– what a wonderful surprise. Thanks so much for checking in– I think of you so often and have such fond memories of our years together in school. Hope you and your family are all doing well!

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  • 16. Jenny Wright Hollis  |  August 1, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    Rosie, I am told that someone by the name of “Ureka” says hello. ;)   I’ve spent the last hour reading your blog and about your many amazing accomplishments.  I am so happy for you!  I’ve just ordered your book and can’t wait to read it.  Please let me know if you ever get back to Columbia because I would love to see you.

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  • 17. rosiemolinary  |  August 2, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Jenny,
    How good to hear from you! Do you know that I found all of Ureka’s notes not to long ago? Oh, I laughed. Shoot me an e-mail when you get a chance to let me know how your life is going. I plan to be in Columbia in September. Hope we can get together then! Much love, Rosie

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  • 18. Linn Dukes  |  August 29, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    HiI Rosie,

    It’s good to see that you are doing and looking so well. I found you on the Davidson website and saw that you had written a book. I read the excerpt from the book and found the passage to be quite touching and an honest portrayal of a lot of women who aren’t considered quite “American” enough. In any event, I live in Charlotte now with my husband, daughter, and pooch. I’m glad to see another Spring Valley / Davidsonian in the area. . .

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  • 19. rosiemolinary  |  September 2, 2008 at 9:28 am

    Hey Linn! So good to hear from you and to know that you are doing well. Thanks so much for your nice thoughts! I hope to see you in Charlotte!

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  • 20. Cecelia  |  October 16, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    You do great work and I want to applaud you for that! :-)

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  • 21. rosiemolinary  |  October 16, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    Thanks so much, Cecelia! And I am so happy that you love your shirt!

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  • 22. Kim  |  January 3, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Congratulations on all your sucess ! You are doing great things as if that is a surpise !

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  • 23. rosiemolinary  |  January 4, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    So good to see you stop by, Kim! Thanks for your kind words. Hope your world is great! Anita Datsun.

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  • 24. Isabel  |  July 6, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Dear Rosie,
    My name is Isabel Pando, I am a new friend of your dear cousin, Evelyn Martinez, she knows I am a writer too, and she was kind to introduce me to your book, “Hijas Americanas” which I plan to read with utter delight, and will post a comment as I read along.
    Mil Felicidades y que la estrella de la rueda de la buena fortuna, siempre te acompane.
    Un abrazo.
    Isabel

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    • 25. rosiemolinary  |  July 6, 2009 at 4:38 pm

      Isabel, Thanks so much for stopping by the site! What a pleasure to “meet” you. Hope you’ll visit again! Con un abrazo fuerte, Rosie

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  • 26. Melanie Player May  |  August 4, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Rosie! It is so good to “see” you and to read all your wonderful thoughts. I told Jenny today that I always knew you would grow up and make a positive difference on the world. Now that I know about the blog I will be sure to follow along. Love you

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  • 27. Jo Anna Corales Rodgers  |  August 12, 2009 at 10:59 am

    If you would of asked me twenty five years ago what I thought Rosie Molinary would be when she grew up … I would of said… something great! If you would of asked me fifteen years ago what I thought Rosie Molinary would be after high school… I would of said something great! If you would of asked me yesterday what I thought Rosie Molinary was doing, I would of said… something great! Today, I find…. I was right all along! You have always been an amazing person, a leader, a devoted friend and a doer! In more way than you know, you have been inspiring people to see our inner beauties! Thanks, Rosie!

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  • 28. rosiemolinary  |  August 12, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Thanks so much, Melanie and Jo Anna! I loved seeing your names pop up and am happy to be back in touch!

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  • 29. Ashley Persons Hibbitts  |  August 12, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Me too, me too, I want in!! Hi precious Rosie! I have read incredible blog thanks to Jenny passing it on. I join the countless “old friends” that are SO VERY proud of our precious Rosie. You were and continue to be such an inspiration. God has blessed you with so many gifts and you are most certainly passing them on to benefit so many others. I will never forget that you were the first person I met when I moved to SC. Your friendly, welcoming smile lit up that room at EL Wright that day. As I know it is lighting up the lives of so many still today. I will be ordering one of the gorgeous necklaces for the Hijas. Love them, and love you!! Big hug to you my dear!!!

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    • 30. rosiemolinary  |  September 20, 2009 at 8:00 am

      Thank you so much, Ashley. The memory of your first days at EL Wright are so clear to me– it was a delight to meet and get to know you. I hope you are doing well and please pass on hellos and love to all of your family. I’m so happy to be back in touch!

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  • 31. Laura Whitener Caputo  |  August 12, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Can’t tell you how honored I am to be included on your amazing blog! Thank you!!!!!

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  • 32. Darrell Scott  |  September 19, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Rosie! I’ve wondered about you for years! How could I forget my first wife? Looks as if you are doing well and I look forward to reading more of your work!

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    • 33. rosiemolinary  |  September 20, 2009 at 8:01 am

      Darrell Scott! So good to hear from you- and you still make me laugh, even from a distance and after so many years. Hope life is treating you incredibly well. Don’t be a stranger!

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  • 34. Ramona Holloway  |  June 30, 2010 at 11:49 am

    thanks for the kind words on my blog! when I grow up I want to write like you!

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  • 35. Mary Carpenter Costello  |  August 11, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Rosie! I just found my way to your website, and I am so awed by the work that you’re doing. Your impact is going to be so far-reaching, and I can’t wait to follow it… And selfishly, I can’t wait for your next book to come out in October. It sounds amazing!

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  • 36. rosiemolinary  |  August 12, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Sweet Mary! I was just thinking about you last week as I was going through the beautiful journal you gave me. Hope you are doing well and I am so happy to be reconnected. Thanks for your good wishes!

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