ALIDIS VICENTE, a stay-at-home mother from New Jersey, has the role in everyday life of mom, wife and household manager. She is also the author of one bilingual book for intermediate readers in the Mister Malo series, The Shameless Shenanigans of Mister Malo / Las terribles travesuras de Mister Malo, two bilingual books for intermediate readers in The Flaca Files / Los expedientes de Flaca series, The Case of the Three Kings / El caso de los Reyes Magos and The Missing Chancleta and Other Top Secret Cases / La chancleta perdida y otros casos secretos, all published by Arte Público Press. She has also published two picture books, The Coquí and the Iguana (Operation Outreach-USA Press, 2011) and Violet (Operation Outreach-USA Press, 2014).
After having learned English at the age of four by watching Sesame Street, Alidis practiced the Spanish language both at home and during summers with her family in Puerto Rico. In addition to practicing the language, Alidis became literate in Spanish by exchanging letters with her cousin in Puerto Rico during the school year.
Although she was fluent in two languages, Alidis was a timid young girl of few words. She was an only child raised by a full time working single mother. As a result, Alidis often spent much of her free time alone and had difficulty socializing with classmates. At the age of seven, however, she won a district wide essay writing contest and was thrilled to learn she communicated best through her writing. As of then, she has yet to put down her pencil… except when trading it for a laptop.
Alidis graduated Rutgers University in 2005 with a James Dickson Carr Scholarship, a major in Sociology and a minor in Italian. Upon completion of her Bachelor’s Degree, Alidis worked with children and at risk communities in various capacities. Subsequent to graduation, she began working as a preschool teacher for a local YMCA and as a residential counselor for mentally ill and chemically addicted adults at Serv Behavioral Services.
Shortly thereafter, Alidis realized she wanted to help children and families in need. She began working as a Bilingual Family Service Specialist for New Jersey’s Division of Youth & Family Services (DYFS). During her employment with DYFS, Alidis responded to and investigated reports of child abuse/neglect while simultaneously assisting needy families. Alidis worked for DYFS until becoming a mother herself. She wanted to stay home to ensure the protection and wellbeing of her own child, as she had done for the children of New Jersey. Her background in human/social services combined with the experiences of motherhood fueled the desire to reach youth through her writing.
Alidis is now a client of Writers House Literary Agency in New York City and continues to create stories she feels children of all ethnic backgrounds can relate to ….with a dash of sofrito.
Learn more at http://www.alidisvicente.com.
Click here to listen to an interview with Alidis Vicente about her second book in the Flaca series, The Case of the Three Kings: The Flaca Files / El caso de los Reyes Magos: Los expedientes de Flaca.