Olga Nolla - Biography - Literary Education and Contribution

Literary Education and Contribution

In 1967 Nolla starts her Masters in Literature along with her cousin, writer Rosario Ferré at the University of Puerto Rico. She specializes in Hispanic Literature. Nolla and Ferré created and directed a literary magazine in 1972 called Zona de carga y descarga which was in circulation until 1975. The purpose of this magazine was to circulate the literary works of Nolla, Ferré and other writers in the 1970s. During this period she starts and completes her first book of poems, "De lo familiar".
Nolla divorces her husband Carlos Conde and starts to work as a collaborator in Puerto Rican newspapers, El Nuevo Día and Prensa Libre. She also worked for the Government's Consumer Department of Puerto Rico (for one year) writing scripts to educate consumers.
In 1978 she starts working at Colegio Universitario Metropolitano (now called Universidad Metropolitana (UMET), a university belonging to the Sistema Universitario Ana G. Méndez. She started as a script writer and long distance teacher of the Center for Televised Studies (now called Long Distance Learning, SEDUE). Nolla was responsible for developing scripts for courses on Occidental Civilizations. She also helped in the production. She later taught Spanish, Art History and Humanities at the Humanities Department of the UMET where she worked for 20 years. During this time she wrote the majority of her literary works.
Olga Nolla collaborated in many activities and organizations. She participated in the Federation of Puerto Rican Women and was editor of its magazine Palabra de Mujer (Word of a Woman) from 1976-1977. She also belonged to Junta Editorial of Revista Cupey, UMET's magazine, since its beginnings in 1984. She directed the magazine from 1984 to 1997 and also contributed to it by publishing essays and literary criticisms. Many writers also contributed to this magazines.
During the 1990s, Olga Nolla wrote and produced a televised course on Puerto Rican narrative for the Ana G. Méndez Foundation. She also participated in many literary courses and was a strong proponent of literature by women, especially in Puerto Rico.

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