Gerald A. Padilla is a publisher, translator, educator and cultural promoter. He has worked closely with the community of the Rio Grande Valley in Texas to promote Latin American Culture and Mesoamerican Culture as a strategy to validate our past and reconcile our identity. He is co-founder of the Latin American Foundation for the Arts; association dedicated to the widening and promotion of Latin American arts and culture in the United States, co-founder of the Festival Internacional de Poesía Latinoamericana (FeIPoL) in McAllen, TX., the founder and Editor-in Chief of Latino Book Review, as well as co-founder of Jade Publishing.