Label Me Latina/o Fall 2021 Volume XI

September 20, 2021 edited by Michele Shaul and Kathryn Quinn-Sánchez
Filed under: Fall 


El micro-viaje metafórico en La fuga de Elías Hasbun

By Liliana Wendorff

Liliana Wendorff earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she specialized in contemporary Spanish-American narrative, and minored in Latin American studies. Her dissertation, “La aventura de escribir: parodia y metaficción en La tía Julia y el escribidor de Mario Vargas Llosa,” was later published as a book. She pursues her academic interests through research, presentations, and publications. Her research has been published in various journals—Pembroke MagazineConsensus, Nueva Literatura HispánicaThe Film JournalL’Erudit franco-espagnol and Romance Notes, among others. Dr. Wendorff strives to get her students involved with the Hispanic community through service learning. She has developed and managed programs in Peru, Brasil and Spain and was visiting professor of Spanish at Tomsk State Pedagogical University (Russia). She also researches the works of Peruvian writers José de Piérola and Daniel Alarcón.

“Es mi voz:” A Survey of Early Latina Writers in Latino Literature Anthologies

 By Karen Lorraine Cresci and Daniel Arbino

Karen Lorraine Cresci is a postdoctoral fellow for the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) and an assistant professor at Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina. She holds an MA in comparative literature from New York University and a PhD in language sciences (concentration in comparative literatures and cultures) from Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina.  In 2020, she was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the LLILAS Benson Library at the University of Texas at Austin.

Daniel Arbino is the Head of Collection Development at the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota in Latin American literatures and cultures (2013) and his research interests include Critical Race Theory and post-colonial articulations in Caribbean and U.S. Latino literatures. His recent publications have appeared in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies and Chiricú.

Chicana y criptojudía: La identidad criptojudía en la poesía chicana de M. Miriam Herrera

By Bruno Nowendsztern

Bruno Nowendsztern es un estudiante del doctorado de literatura y estudios culturales en la Arizona State University. Anteriormente, realizó su Grado en Filología Hispánica y la Maestría en Literatura Hispanoamericana en la Universidad Complutense de Madrid. En su investigación dentro de Estados Unidos, su trabajo se ha enfocado en la representación de la identidad en la literatura chicana. Actualmente, su tesis doctoral indaga en el reflejo de la identidad cultural argentina reciente en su literatura y su producción audiovisual, utilizando los estudios de género, masculinidades y estudios queer.

Transferencia, transmisión e intermission en The Tattooed Soldier de Héctor Tobar

By Jafte Dilean Robles Lomeli

Jafte Dilean Robles Lomeli earned her PhD in Spanish Literature and Cultural Studies from Georgetown University and is currently a postdoctoral fellow (CONACyT) in Universidad de Sonora in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. Author of several articles regarding testimonial literature and narratives of the self. Her current postdoctoral project has to do with the aesthetic representation of violence against women in Latin American literature.

Creative NonFiction


 By Marili Alvarado

Marili Alvarado is a Mexican-American education advocate born in Florida and raised in North Carolina. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queens University of Charlotte and a Master of Arts degree from Durham University in England. Marili is expected to graduate with a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Florida in 2022. Research interests focus on college affordability for Latinx and undocumented students. Marili’s work experience covers international and multicultural settings in different sectors including education. Currently, Marili is working in real-estate and jewelry retail sectors.

Short Story

The Pollo Campero Express

By GusTavo Guerra

GusTavo Adolfo Guerra Vásquez uses male pronouns and is a poet, professor, and visual artist whose poetry has been presented on radio and whose writing has been published in academic and poetic anthologies like the Culture Counts Reading Series Magazine, Revista MujeresFrom Silence to Howl, Youthscapes, The Coiled Serpent… & The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States. A self-described GuatemaLAngelino, he is a sought-after speaker and trainer on diversity, poetry and social justice.



By Karina Alma

Karina Alma (formerly Oliva Alvarado) was born in El Salvador and grew up in Westlake and Pico Union in Los Angeles. She earned a B.A. in English and a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies at U.C. Berkeley and an M.A. in Creative Writing at Mount Saint Mary’s University. She teaches in the Chicana/o and Central American Studies department at UCLA.


By Amanda Ellis

Amanda Ellis is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Houston. She specializes in twentieth and twenty-first century Mexican American literary and cultural criticism, ethnic studies, and Chicana feminist theory. She is an interdisciplinary first generation scholar of Mexican and Afro-Trinidadian descent. Her critical and creative writings have appeared in Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social,  Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, The Journal of Latina Critical Feminism, and Kalfou: A Journal of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies. Her book: Letras y Limpias: Decolonial Medicine and Holistic Healing in Mexican American Literature will be available fall 2021.

 A veces

By Anyi Mosquera

Anyi Mosquera nació en Quibdó, Colombia. Es magíster en Literatura de la Universidad de Missouri-Columbia. Tiene una licenciatura en Lingüística y Literatura de la Universidad Tecnológica del Chocó “Diego Luís Córdoba”. Es exbecaria del programa Martin Luther King Jr., exJefe de Redacción del Periódico local El Opinador Chocoano, y actualmente, es profesora de español  en Guadalupe Center High School. Ella escribe poesía que se alimenta de sentimientos ajenos. Es la gente, es el mundo en su utopía. Por otro lado, está interesada en temas relacionados sobre la poca visibilización del elemento afro dentro de la narrativa latinoamericana.

The Doe

By Violeta Orozco

Violeta Orozco is bilingual writer and translator from Mexico City currently living in Cincinnati. She is the author of three poetry collections. Her upcoming full-length poetry book, The Broken Woman Diaries, is available for preorder by Andante Books. Her poems and essays have been published in Acentos Review, Harvard College’s Palabritas, Bozalta Journal and The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social and other literary magazines and anthologies. She has a monthly column in Nueva York Poetry Review where she translates Chicana and Latina poets into Spanish. A Ph.D. scholar of Latinx literature at University of Cincinnati, she researches and translates Latinx and Latin American writers and focuses on Creative Writing in English and Spanish. She holds a Masters in Spanish Literature from Rutgers University and a BA. in Philosophy from UNAM in Mexico City.