I’m a first-generation Portuguese Canadian and late-blooming Lusophile living in the United States with dreams of moving to Portugal one day. My name is Fernanda Viveiros Gonçalves but for reasons too numerous to mention, I use the name Fernanda Viveiros. My parents were born and raised on the strange and magical island of Flores, one of nine islands in the Azores archipelago, and a place to which I’m drawn to visit time and time again.

In real life, I’m a wife, mother and full-time editor. I enjoy reading and writing about books, ideas, ethnopsychology and Portuguese culture. I’ve held various positions in journalism, legal editing, literary event production and book publishing  and have recently started a small press specializing in translations, Azorean literature, and works by Portuguese North American writers.

You can reach me through this blog or via LinkedIn

12 thoughts on “About

  1. FYI… Just added your RSS to the homepage. Below fold, but I’m glad to read I’m not the only one. I hope the members of AN submit content for you anthology. Should we collaborate?

  2. I enjoy your work. Thanks. I was born in the island of Flores, came to California when I was 16 and I have spend the my life living with one foot on each side of the Atlantic. When I go to Flores I love it but I no longer belong there since everything and everyone has changed. There I am an American. I come back and I miss being there and here in California I am an Azorian…I guess that it is true you can leave the island but the island does not leave you. Thanks and please keep writing.

  3. Congratulations, Fernanda on this project., which I was just informed by a colleague and friend. I am also an “Azorean-Canadian’ and it is always with great interest that I read about projects that promote our heritage. You may want to check this site (http://tv3.rtp.pt/icmblogs/rtp/comunidades/) in case you would like to submit material for publication. Also the new InterDISCIPLINARY Journal of Portuguese Diaspora Studies (a project by two Azorean-academics )migh be of interest to you (http://portuguese-diaspora-studies.com/index.php/ijpds) . Surgite! Best Regards, Irene

  4. Hello,

    My name is Sarah Sequeira and I am a Humber College Journalism Student located in Toronto, Ontario.

    I am currently working on my thesis and am focusing on the Terceirence Carnival and the significance it has to the Terceirence immigrants here in Toronto.

    I would like to speak with you regarding my topic, if you are interested.


    Sarah Sequeira

  5. Dear Fernanda,

    My name is Elizabeth Fischbach, from Los Angeles. I happened upon your website while researching the Island of Flores and trying to make sense of a family tree I found online, it outlines a very dense ancestral line dating back to the early 18th century on the island of Flores. The person who put this together is a descended of one of my Great Grandmothers 13 children. I don’t know him.

    My great grandmother, Joaquina Freitas Martins-Lucio, came to the San Joaquin Valley of central California as a teenager from Flores around the turn of the 20th century.. She married Françisco Maurício de Fraga who was also from Flores. Apparently, she was a slave on the island, stole gold from her father and hopped on a ship to the US. I also gleamed that her language here until her death was a mixture of English and Portuguese with a little bit of Chinese. I read your post about the tomb of Antonio de Freitas who might have been my great grandmothers great grandfather, António de Freitas who was married to Maria de São Pedro (Pimentel) Freitas. Maybe just a common name? The Chinese wife of his made this connection a more plausible, even though she didn’t last long. Anyway, I am very excited to have found your website, perhaps 7 years to late. I will continue to read your website for more information, it’s really interesting! Do you still publish information about the island of Flores somewhere written or a site that I’m not finding? For some reason I’m very drawn to this subject and would very much like to visit the island.

    Thank you for your time.
    All best,

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