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Putin’s Puppet: A Poem February 26, 2021 – Posted in: Blog

“’Xicanisma Prophecies Post 2012 Putin’s Puppet’ tells another story. It’s hard-hitting political power. Want to read a poem that explains the political nightmare we are a part of, read this poem and memorize it and recite it at parties.”  

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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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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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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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