March 18, 2019

Creative writing senior Jordan Salama navigates Colombia’s Magdalena River, one story at a time

When Salama was 6 years old, his piano teacher, Sandra Muñoz, a native of Colombia, would play “these rambling, loud, energetic salsas and arabesque music during the breaks between scales and whatever piece I was painstakingly attempting to play. And our piano would come to life,” Salama said.

For his senior thesis, Salama, a Spanish and Portuguese major pursuing a certificate in creative writing, is producing a nonfiction book of travel writing about the people and places along Colombia’s main river, the Magdalena.

Learn more about Salama and his passion for storytelling in an article by Jamie Saxon on the University homepage at

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