Label Me Latina/o Spring 2015 Volume V

February 18, 2015 edited by Michele Shaul and Kathryn Quinn-Sánchez
Filed under: Spring 


Here’s to You, Meestair Robangson: The Inter-American William Carlos Williams

By David A. Colón

David A. Colón is Associate Professor of English and Director of Latina/o Studies at TCU. His essays and reviews have appeared in Jacket2, Cultural Critique, Transmodernity, MELUS, and many other publications. He is the editor of Between Day and Night: New and Selected Poems, 1946-2010 by Miguel González-Gerth (2013), and author of a novel, The Lost Men (2012), nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. His new novel, The Reckoning of Bárbaro Soto, is forthcoming from Aignos. His vita and papers are available at

La amenaza de la manipulación de la memoria: Identidad, memoria y resistencia en Dreaming in Cuban y The Agüero Sisters de Cristina García

 By Vanessa de Veritch Woodside

Vanessa de Veritch Woodside (Ph.D., University of New Mexico) is an Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Washington Tacoma, and focuses on transnational migration and the family in Latino/a literature and film, issues of identity, language, cultural mestizaje, narrative subversion, collective memory, and social justice within US-based Chicano/a and Latino/a literature and art, as well as contemporary Latin American narrative.


Entrevista con Gloria Rolando (1953 – )

Cineasta Afro-Cubana

15 de noviembre 2012

Baltimore, Maryland

Interview with Elizabeth Gunn

Elizabeth S. Gunn is Associate Professor of World Languages and International Studies and Director of English as a Second Language at Morgan State University (MSU) in Baltimore, Maryland. She earned her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2004).  She has published numerous scholarly articles investigating the relationship between non-normative constructions of sexuality and nationality. She traveled to Cuba in 2011 as a delegate to the multi-national conference, “Cuba: 50 Years of Revolution.” At MSU, Dr. Gunn also serves as Assistant Director to the Fulbright Program.

Gloria Rolando was born in Havana, Cuba in 1953, and she attended high school at the Conservatorio Provincial de Música Amadeo Roldán where she studied piano, music theory, harmony, music history and music composition. In 1976, Rolando completed an undergraduate degree in Art History from the University of Havana, and she began working at the Institute of Cuban Art and Film Industry. Later, she completed post-graduate work in Caribbean Literature.  Rolando has worked as researcher and assistant director of nineteen films, as assistant director of three feature length fictional films, and has narrated, written, and co-directed numerous other films.  Rolando toured the United States in the fall and winter of 2012 to promote her latest film, 1912: Breaking the Silence. This film chronicles the Partido Independiente de Color (PIC) or Independent Party of Color in Cuba. This second film in a trilogy reaches backward to uncover a legacy of consistent and skilled resistance by the black movement in Cuba since colonial times.  This documentary seeks to center the stage by legitimizing the PIC and its leader Antonio Maceo, the Afro-Cuban General of the Liberation Army. Rolando lives and continues to direct at the Institute of Cuban Art and Film Industry in Havana.

Creative Non-Fiction

Of No Fixed Address

By Michael Moreno

Michael A. Moreno is a native Texan. He teaches writing at American University and at the University of Maryland University College, both in the Washington, D.C., area. His poems have appeared in the Arkansas Review, the Tidal Basin Review, REAL: Regarding Arts & Letters, and Bay Leaves. His short stories have appeared in PALABRA and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His creative nonfiction has appeared in Label Me Latina/o and riverSedge.

Short Story

A Woman Name Guernica

By Guillermo Reyes

Guillermo Reyes has produced and published a variety of plays including the comedies, Men on the Verge of a His-Panic Breakdown and Mother Lolita as off-Broadway productions with Urban Stages, Chilean Holiday and Saints at the Rave at the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville, the historical drama, Madison, at Premiere Stages, winner of the New Play Award 2008, among other plays. Miss Consuelo and Sunrise at Monticello were produced at Playwrights Theater of New Jersey. In 2010, he published a memoir with the University of Wisconsin Press, entitled Madre and I: A Memoir of our Immigrant Lives, chronicling his immigration from Chile and growing up in the D.C. area and in Hollywood, CA. He’s a professor at Arizona State University in the School of Film, Dance and Theater. Recently, in 2013, his play, Deporting the Divas was published in a new Cambria Series anthology, Gay Drama Now edited by John Clum, and another play, We Lost it at the Movies, was published by the Bilingual Review Press in the anthology, Vaqueeros, Calacas and Hollywood. In 2014, his sketch comedy play, The Hispanick Zone, was also published by L&S Books and is available on, and his docudrama about the Gabby Giffords shooting and her relationship with her intern, Daniel Hernandez, was dramatized in That Day in Tucson, which debuted at Borderlands Theater.

 Sagrado Corazón

By Yasmin Ramírez

Yasmin Ramirez is a native El Pasoan. She stays active in the literary community and writes And Then, a weekly blog. Her work is featured in: HUIZACHE, Hispanic Culture Review, rawboned, and Cream City Review, among others. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso. Currently, she teaches English at El Paso Community College and is also Executive Director for literary nonprofit BorderSenses. She is completing her first book of creative nonfiction. Visit Yasmin’s website to read more about her and links to her work.

 Miss Basco

By Sharon McElhone

Sharon McElhone is the author of five books: The Bride’s Daughter, a collection of short stories (2005); Hunger in the Canyon (2006), a collection of poems and semi-finalist for the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award competition; A Year in the Life of Pallas Villalobos (2010), a novelMy Baby Talking Mouth, a collection of poems (2011); Hide All Things That Make Her Human, a collection of poems (2013). From Hunger in the Canyon, “Ciara: Courtship” was a finalist for Atlanta Review’s International Poetry Competition 2008. She co-founded Orchard Valley Review, a San Jose State University student run magazine and co-edited Mary Andrade’s Dia De Los Muertos-A Passion for Life, which won “Best Documentary” at the Los Angeles International Latino Book Awards. Her articles have appeared in La Oferta ReviewOrchard Valley ReviewThe Cupertino Courier, The Sunnyvale Sun, and her fiction appeared in The New Short Fiction Series 2012 in Los Angeles. Notable figures interviewed include Mayor Chuck Reed, Former Vice-Mayor and current Supervisor Cindy Chavez, Vice-Mayor Madison Nguyen, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Representative Zoe Lofgren, Air Force pilot Kim Campbell, and Supervisor Dave Cortese. She was the keynote speaker for La Rosa, a program dedicated to increasing college attendance among Latina students. Sharon is half Ecuadorian and half Irish and lives in Silicon Valley with her husband and children. Currently, she is working on a collection of essays.


Los collares de mis abuelas

By Marcela T. Garcés

Marcela T. Garcés (Ph.D., Hispanic and Lusophone Literatures and Cultures, University of Minnesota, 2010) is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Siena College in Loudonville, New York. Her research interests and publications include work on the legacy of the counterculture movement known as “La Movida” during the Spanish transition to democracy; film from the Spanish-speaking world, and museum studies. Garcés has engaged in creative writing since she was a child, and her work has been published in Label Me Latino/a, and Grafemas: El Boletín de la Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica (AILCFH). Creative writing provides a forum in which she explores the spaces in between the cultures that have shaped her: the United States, Spain and Colombia.

 Present Tense

By Shuly Xochitl Cawood

Shuly Xochitl Cawood is a writer and editor who is currently in the MFA creative writing program at Queens University of Charlotte. Her poetry and prose have appeared in publications such as Red Earth ReviewNaugatuck River ReviewFull Grown People, Mud Season Review, Rathalla Review, and Under the Sun. She has work forthcoming in Ray’s Road Review, Fiction Southeast, and Two Cities Review. Her website is

 She Thinks She

By David Michael Martínez

David Michael Martínez lives in northern California and works with migrant students throughout the Sacramento Valley. His work has been published locally, regionally and nationally in a variety of newspapers and journals. He attended Chico State for his BA and MA, and The Ohio State University for an MFA.


By Magali Alabau

Magali Alabau, poeta, nació en Cienfuegos, Cuba (1945) y reside en New York desde 1966. Hasta mediados de los años 80’s desarrolló una amplia carrera teatral. Tras retirarse del teatro comenzó a escribir poesía. Obtuvo el Premio de Poesía de la Revista Lyra (New York,1988), la Beca Oscar B. Cintas de creación literaria (1990-1991) y el Premio de Poesía Latina (1992), otorgado a su libro Hermana por el Instituto de Escritores Latinoamericanos de Nueva York. Ha publicado los poemarios: Electra, Clitemnestra (Editorial El Maitén, Chile, 1986), La extremaunción diaria (Ediciones Rondas, Barcelona, 1986), Ras (Ediciones Medusa, New York, 1987), Hermana (Editorial Betania, Madrid, 1989), Hemos llegado a Ilión (Editorial Betania, Madrid, 1992), y Liebe (Editorial La Torre de Papel, Coral Gables, 1993). En el 2011, después de casi dos décadas de silencio, la Editorial Betania publicó su poemario Dos Mujeres, con prólogo de la poeta Carlota Caulfield. Sus poemas han aparecido en prestigiosas revistas y antologías en Estados Unidos, Cuba, Europa y América Latina. En la actualidad reside en Woodstock, New York. Su libro Volver acaba de salir a la luz en Madrid, España.


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