Label Me Latina/o Fall 2013 Volume III

August 29, 2013 edited by Michele Shaul and Kathryn Quinn-Sánchez
Filed under: Fall 



A Space for Resistance and Possibility: Confronting Borders through Narrative and Santería in Cristina García’s Dreaming in Cuban

By Amanda Easton

Amanda L. Easton is a PhD student in English Literature and Cultural Theory at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she specializes in writing by women. Her research interests also include 19th century British and American literature, Irish women writers, gender and cultural studies, aging in literature, and issues of body dysmorphia in relation to bourgeois shopping cultures.  


Revolving Identity in Esmeralda Santiago’s Almost a Woman

By Jaclyn Salkauski

Dr. Jaclyn Salkauski received her doctorate in Spanish (Latin American Literature) from Florida State University. In 2009, she received The Ada-Belle Winthrop King Research Grant to conduct studies in Puerto Rico. Her research explores Hispanophone, Anglophone, and Francophone Caribbean literature, focusing on the role of race and gender in postcolonial identities. She currently teaches at Indiana University.


Just About Me: Shame, Narcissistic Masochism and Camp in Emanuel Xavier’s Christ-Like (1999)

By María Celina Bortolotto

María Celina Bortolotto started in her position as full time Lecturer in the Spanish Program at Massey University in May 2011. Her research focuses on exploring the interrelation between cultural values and individual emotions as it is represented in literary fiction. Her published and current work offers a particular interdisciplinary approach to read and interpret the relation between emotions (especially shame and humor) and cultural identities in contemporary fiction from the Caribbean, Latin America and the U.S., bringing together literary criticism, psychoanalytical research and postcolonial and gender theory.


Let’s Get Ready to Rumba: Wrestling with Stereotypes in Kristoffer Díaz’s The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

By Kimberly del Busto Ramírez


Kimberly del Busto Ramírez is Associate Professor of English at LaGuardia Community College at the City of New York where she teaches writing, drama, and Latin@ Literature.  She holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from CUNY Graduate Center and an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from the University of Georgia. An interdisciplinary scholar and artist, Dr. Ramírez has a background in theatre, performance, Latin@ studies, film, communications, creative writing, visual arts, and women’s studies. She is currently completing a manuscript examining performance and the Cuban-American Operation Pedro Pan exodus.





By Diane Solis

Diane Solis–science writer, photographer, singer of story songs–lives with her life partner in the Pacific southwest where she’s writing a memoir in poetry, short stories, and essays about her relationship with her father. Her recent poems appear in Avocet, Packingtown Review, Short, Fast, and Deadly, and elsewhere.


Where I’m From

By Secilia Corona

Born in South Central, Los Angeles, Secilia Corona, grew up knowing nothing less, nor greater than her own home in Watts. She is now ready to complete her first year at Los Angeles Harbor Community College and continues to live in her childhood home. Her goal is to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Poetry inspires her life. Her poem “Where I’m From” is about her experiences growing up in South Central Los Angeles.


Short Story


Captain Kirk Wasn’t a Doll Like That

By Scott Duncan

Scott Duncan, frankly, is a lingerer and a lurker. He’s seen a president eat enchiladas, escaped being held hostage by nuns, fled Mills College with an MFA, and makes his lair in Oakland. Scott’s ancestors are Californio, Hispano, and Texian, so he’s half white guy and Mexican. His novel in progress is The Ramona Diary of SRD, a fictional travel diary reclaiming the mythology of Chicano California, which has much to do with a 19th century book named Ramona. A chapter appears in the 2012 summer issue of Border Senses.


El desierto

By Lucía Galleno

Lucía Galleno is an Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages at Queens University of Charlotte. Her interdisciplinary studies in the Humanities, the Arts, and Social Sciences support her writing as well as her community engagement in the Charlotte area and abroad. Lucia’s areas of interests are humor, drama, and love. Currently she is preparing to write short stories that are set in her parent’s home town in Pisco, Peru.



By R. E. Toledo

R.E. Toledo (Mexico, 1968) got her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas, at Austin (1994). She completed her MA in Spanish at the University of Tennessee (2000) and a MFA in creative writing in Spanish from New York University (2012). She currently teaches at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She served as coeditor to the third edition of Imanhattan, the electronic magazine of the creative writing in Spanish program at NYU. Her first collection of poetry Pregonero despertar de voces was published by Abismos Editorial (Mexico, 2013). Her most recent projects include the translation of poetry by Billy Collins and her poetry collections Azules sueños naranjas and Vacíos.


Aquellos días de Mar

By Pedro Medina

Pedro Medina es autor de los libros Streets de Miami (Axiara, USA 2012) y Mañana no te veré en Miami (Ediciones Oblicuas, España 2013). Sus cuentos han sido incluidos en las antologías Cruce de fronteras (Editorial Axiara, USA 2103) y Poetas y Narradores del 2007 (Instituto de la Cultura Peruana de Miami 2007). Colaborador en  medios culturales como la Revista Nagari (Miami), Revista Conexos (Miami), Latina Noticias (Miami), Label Me Latina/o (North Carolina/New Jersey), entre otras. En el año 2009 fundó la Revista Cultural Sub-Urbano (Miami), de la cual es editor general. Hoy Sub-Urbano es considerada por varios medios como la revista cultural-literaria hispana más importante de los Estados Unidos. A inicios del 2013 creó el sello editorial digital Sub-Urbano eBooks, del cual es también editor. Tiene un Bachelors in Literature (Florida International University), Minor in Sociology (Florida International University) y estudios de Derecho y Ciencias Políticas (Universidad de Lima, Perú).



A Spoonful of My Past

By José G. Vázquez

A self-described ArteSano (artisan), José Vázquez was born in Mexico and has resided in Charlotte, NC since 1996. José writes poetry and prose. He is also a photographer and creates sculptures and paintings mostly with found materials. Vázquez believes that things, like people, deserve a second chance. He can’t sing.