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Homage to Akilah January 30, 2021 – Posted in: Blog

We are not the women who’ll be hailed by White institutions for our poems.  We are among the mothers whose hearts, laid heavy with history and tradition left to dark skinned women for 500 years did our best. 

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Short stories to come next January 29, 2021 – Posted in: Blog

(I’m currently using the working title, FALLEN STARS.)

I’m blessed to still be safe, with a roof over my head and food to eat but as a poet and writer, communicator, speaker, political commentator and independent thinker–it was critical to find my way out of that dark place of a world pandemic and in the U.S., an aspiring dictator in office. 

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New Reader: Transnational Chicanx Perspectives on Ana Castillo (Univ of Pittsburgh Press) – Posted in: Books, recent

For more than forty years, Chicana author Ana Castillo has produced novels, poems, and critical essays that forge connections between generations; challenge borders around race, gender, and sexuality; and critically engage transnational issues of space, identity, and belonging. Her contributions to Latinx cultural production and to Chicana feminist thought have transcended and contributed to feminist praxis, ethnic literature, and border studies throughout the Americas. 

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Miguel Algarín se fue al cielo December 1, 2020 – Posted in: Blog, recent

So   many years ago I added this book to my library.  Neruda was introduced to me by a good friend then, when I told her I had aspirations to become a poet. I don’t know how this title came into my possession but I still have it and consider it an important tool in my own development as a poet and translator. A few years later, I came to know Miguel Algarín, whom I first…

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Advice for young students who want to write November 20, 2020 – Posted in: Blog

Sharing Perspective: Ana Castillo Uses Autobiographies to Inspire Students The ZOOM program with Diablo Valley Community College in N. California was both a pleasure and an honor.  I appreciate the student writer in the school paper.  It isn’t my custom to correct facts in public interviews.  But when giving advice to aspiring young writers and students in writing classes, it’s important to get my message right.  It’s important but not critical.  Still, today, it’s an…

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