Label Me Latina/o Spring 2016 Volume VI

April 1, 2016 edited by Michele Shaul and Kathryn Quinn-Sánchez
Filed under: Spring 

Essays

La continuidad de la memoria colectiva en Heart of Aztlan y La casa de los espíritus

By José Eduardo Villalobos Graillet

José Eduardo Villalobos Graillet desempeña labores en la enseñanza del español como lengua extranjera (E/ELE) como asistente de cátedra y asistente de investigación en la Universidad de Toronto donde estudia el Doctorado en Literatura Latinoamericana. El autor posee un Máster en Formación del Profesorado de ELE de la Universidad de Jaén/ FUNIBER y un segundo Máster en Estudios Latinoamericanos y del Caribe por parte de la Universidad de Guelph. Es miembro en the Ontario Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP-ON) y la Canadian Association of Hispanistas.

Para ti, mundo bravo: vida y muerte del poeta de Tato Laviera (1950-2013)

By Alejo López

Doctor en Letras por la Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Alejo López se desempeña como docente de trabajos prácticos en la cátedra “Literatura Latinoamericana II” de la Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias de la Educación (Universidad Nacional de La Plata), y como becario posdoctoral del CONICET en el Instituto de Investigaciones en Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales (UNLP-CONICET). Ha publicado diversos artículos y capítulos de libro sobre literatura latinoamericana y niuyorriqueña en medios especializados nacionales e internacionales. Su tesis doctoral se centró en la obra poética del escritor niuyorriqueño Tato Laviera a partir de su trabajo con la categoría de extraterritorialidad y su dimensión afro-antillana. Actualmente trabaja en un proyecto de investigación posdoctoral centrado en la articulación entre estética y política y sus diversas modulaciones en la literatura latina de los Estados Unidos durante la segunda mitad del siglo XX y principios del XXI. Ha traducido y prologado una antología poética de Tato Laviera al español recientemente publicada por la editorial “El perro y la rana” con el título  “Nideaquinideallá. Antología de Tato Laviera” (2015).

Bilingualism, Biculturalism and Pan-Hispanic Unity in the United States: Rosario Ferré’s Language Duel

By Patricia Montilla

Patricia M. Montilla received a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of Chicago and joined the faculty of the Department of Spanish at Western Michigan University in 2000. Her research interests are Spanish American narrative and poetry, as well as U.S. Latino literature and culture. She has published articles on the works of Oliverio Girondo, Matías Montes Huidobro, and Judith Ortiz Cofer, among others. She also authored Parody and the Poetics of Subversion in Oliverio Girondo (Peter Lang, 2007), and a panoramic study on contemporary Puerto Rican literature of the United States for A Companion to US Latino Literatures (Tamesis 2007). Most recently, she edited a book titled Latinos and American Popular Culture (Praeger 2013) to which she also contributed a chapter on the Latino novel in the twenty-first century.

Short Story

El Espejo de Daniel

By Dr. Elias Hasbún

Elias Hasbun M.D. nació en Sicuani, Perú, en 1946. Estudio medicina y emigró a los Estados Unidos en 1972 donde prosiguió su entrenamiento en medicina y ejerció su profesión hasta 1989 cuando se retiró por motivos de salud. Tiene dos novelas y varios cuentos y poemas publicados en los Estados Unidos.

Edgar and the Incredible Birthday Demand of 1989

By Toni Plummer

Toni Margarita Plummer grew up in South El Monte, California, a working-class suburb of Los Angeles. She attended the University of Notre Dame and the University of Southern California. She is a winner of the Miguel Mármol Prize for a first work of fiction by a Latino author and in 2011 she published a short story collection called The Bolero of Andi Rowe (Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press). For over ten years she worked as an editor at a major publisher in New York. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband and son.

The Dress of Many Colors

By Stephanie Jimenez

Stephanie Jimenez is a writer who currently works in publishing at a small imprint specializing in literary fiction. She grew up in Queens, is a college graduate from an all-women’s college in California, and a Fulbright recipient. She has just finished writing her first book-length manuscript.

Poetry

Ice Cube Made My Aunt A Lesbian

By Gerald Cedillo

Gerald Cedillo is from Houston, attended the University of St. Thomas and studied Creative Writing at the University of Houston. He has taught theater, performance poetry, and writing. He is a literary event organizer and is on the board of Houston’s week long poetry festival, The Word Around Town.

Ode to Agent Blanco 

Falfurrias, Tx 

Border Patrol Agent

By Isaac Chavarria                   

Isaac Chavarría is a pocho with an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas-Pan American. He enjoys assisting non-profit organizations in producing chapbooks for workshop participants. His poems are in The Acentos Review, BorderSenses, and Rio Grande Review online. His poetry book, Poxo, from Slough Press, received the inaugural 2014 NACCS-Tejas Poetry Award. You can find Isaac in Alton, TX.

Regina, José and I

By Kurma Murrain

Kurma Murrain graduated from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and is a published Colombian-American poet, educator, and blogger. Her works include the books of poems titled Esta Soy (1998), In the Prism of Your Soul (Xlibris 2014), and The Fragrance of Water (Main Street Rag 2014) which she coauthored with five other poets. Her poetry has appeared in international publications and online magazines such as El Tiempo, Que Pasa, La Noticia, Label Me Latina/o, and Iodine Poetry Journal. In addition, she has translated books from English to Spanish that include Life in the Shadow of the Swastika by Frieda Roos-Van Hessen. Her poems have been selected by national competition in 2014 and 2015 to be part of the exhibit Arte Latino Now: An Exhibition of Latino Artists at Queens University of Charlotte. This show highlights the exciting cultural and artistic contributions of Latinos in the United States. Kurma has been a resident poet at the Mint Museum, and a commissioned poet for the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Studies. In Charlotte, NC she has volunteered with programs like ArtSi, Gil Project (Flag of Hope), and other arts education initiatives.

From White to Brown the Evolution of my Skin Color

By Valerie Denise Paez

Valerie Denise Paez currently resides in San Antonio, Texas with her daughter, son, and Chihuahua mix Bella. She is a writer, a poet, and currently working on ideas for a Latino Children’s book. Her first published piece will be printed in the Premier Revival Anthology, IT’S A WHOLE NEW MANGO NOW by Mango Publications.

Creative nonfiction

Substitute Geographies

By Lorna Pérez

Lorna L. Perez is an Associate Professor of English at Buffalo State College, where she most recently served as the interim chair of the English Department in 2014-2015. Her critical work has been published previously in Label Me Latina, and most recently in Chicana/Latina Studies, while her creative work has been published in elimae and The Mississippi Review.  She teaches courses on American Literature, Latin@ Literature, Ethnic Literatures of the United States, Feminism and Gender, and the Contemporary Novel and her research interests include comparative Latino studies, post colonialism, and literatures of the global south.

 

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