Label Me Latina/o Spring 2020 Volume X

February 11, 2020 edited by Michele Shaul and Kathryn Quinn-Sánchez
Filed under: Spring 

Scholarly Essay

Transgressive Subjects in Crisis: Reimagining “queer (un)belonging” and Relationality in Obejas’ We came all the way from Cuba so you could dress like this?

By Nancy Quintanilla

Nancy Quintanilla is an Assistant Professor of Hemispheric American Literature at Cal Poly Pomona where she teaches courses in Ethnic American Literature both at the undergraduate and graduate level. Her research interests include 20th/21st century Central American and U.S. Central American Literature and Culture, Diaspora Studies, and Immigration. She is currently working on a book project titled, The Politics of Failure, that explores how contemporary human rights discourses rely on a language of empire to sanction US interventions across the Americas, continuing to reify unequal Global North and South relations. Dr. Quintanilla is also a former prison instructor and would like to continue that work in California.

Creative Non-Fiction

Corazón con Huellas de Sol, Arena y Mar

By Mónica Reyna Saavedra

Mónica Reyna Saavedra was born and raised in Lima – Peru and has a passion for acting and storytelling. She started performing at an early age in theater and school plays through her teenage years. After moving to the U.S. in 1992 and being away from acting for several years, she returned to the stage with Theatre Charlotte in the staged reading of The House of Bernarda Alba. In 2013, she was recognized by ArtSí for her support of Latino Arts in the extended Charlotte community. In most recent years, she has performed and directed community theater projects in collaboration with Queens University of Charlotte, the UNCC Department of Theater, The Mint Museum, Artist Studio Project and other local organizations. Some of her performances and projects include The Vagina Monologues, Mama Goose, Los Zapaticos de Rosa, Meñique among others. Mónica’s writing focuses on Creative Nonfiction inspired by memories of her childhood and her hometown. Her short story San Martin de mis amores was published in the Spring 2019 issue of Label Me Latina/o.

Race Bating

By Angel Eduardo

Angel Eduardo has been published in, The Ocean State ReviewMr. Beller’s Neighborhood, and The Caribbean Writer. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing for Memoir from CUNY Hunter College and is working on a book-length memoir project. More of his work can be found on his official website,


La cafetera 

By Eddy Francisco Alvarez, Jr.

Eddy Francisco Alvarez, Jr., Ph.D., is a Chicano/Cubano raised in North Hollywood, California. He is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and University Studies at Portland State University. His creative and scholarly work has been published in TSQ, Aztlan, Revista Bilingue/Bilingual Review, and the Journal of Lesbian Studies. He is Ex-officio co-chair of the Association for Jotería Arts, Activism, and Scholarship (AJAAS) and was recently elected Assembly Delegate for the Media Studies Sound Caucus of the Modern Language Association.     

June’s Silence

By Neyda Long

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Neyda H. Long holds a B.A in Psychology from the Universidad Católica Andres Bello, a Graduate Diploma in Behavior Modification from Simon Bolِivar University and in the area of Educational Foundations and Counseling from the University of New Brunswick (UNB). She obtained a Ph.D. in Educational Studies from the University of New Brunswick in the Human Rights and Citizenship Education Program. She won the Magee-Third Century Post Graduate Merit Award (UNB 1999-1001) and a Doctoral Fellowship on Canadian Citizenship and Human Rights (St. Thomas University, 2001-2002). Additionally, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for her work related to the integration of Latin-Canadians in Canada. El comienzo inconcluso (Editorial Alondras, Montreal) is her first poetry collection. She is also the author of the bilingual (Spanish-English) children’s book The Flower/ La Bella Flor.

Short Story  

En el tren se viven historias

By Margarita Dager-Uscocovich

Margarita Dager-Uscocovich was born on October 31, 1967 in the beautiful city of Guayaquil in Ecuador. She has loved writing since she was a little girl. She started writing for the school newspaper at age ten becoming editor in 1983 of the Urdesa High School Newspaper. Having parents from two different cultural backgrounds (Lebanese father and Spanish-Portuguese mother) as well as having lived in various countries in Europe and the Americas, has given her a broad perspective on many different areas of life; it has allowed her to communicate her emotions to a varied audience through her writing. Her work has been included in different international anthologies (Argentina, Spain, Mexico, Uruguay and the USA). Her editorials have also appeared in Mundo Latino, a local Charlotte newspaper, and travel chronicles in the Miami online magazine La Nota Latina. Her poetry has been included in Arte Latino Now exhibitions at Queens University of Charlotte as well as in Actors Studio Project annual El Quixote Festival.

A Sip of Benadryl

By Oswaldo Estrada

Oswaldo Estrada (Santa Ana, California) is of Peruvian descent and was raised in Lima, Peru until his family moved to the United States when he was a teenager. He is a fiction writer, essayist, and professor of Latin American literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who has authored and edited several books of Latin American literary and cultural criticism. His creative writing has appeared in several anthologies and also in such journals as Pembroke Magazine, Border Senses, Rio Grande Review, Literal, Latin American Literature Today, and Aurora Boreal. He is also the author of a children’s book, El secreto de los trenes (UAM, 2018) and Luces de emergencia (Valparaíso, 2019), a collection of short stories.