Label Me Latina/o Spring 2011 Volume I

March 1, 2011 edited by Michele Shaul and Kathryn Quinn-Sánchez
Filed under: Spring, Volume I (2011) 



Chicanas: Poesía Como Acto de Rebelión


by Orquidea Morales

Orquidea Morales is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Spanish and a Mexican-American Studies Graduate Certificate at the University of Texas Pan American. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Psychology from Texas State University San Marcos. She has written an undergraduate thesis entitled “Chicana Self Expression Through Language” and is currently working on her Master’s thesis “Fear of La Llorona: Chicana Feminism and Horror.”


Gendered Migrations: The Migratory Experience in Loida Maritza Pérez’s Geographies of Home


by Jill Richardson

Jill Toliver Richardson is Assistant Professor of English at Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York.  She is currently writing an article on postcoloniality in Edwidge Danticat’s Breath, Eyes, Memory and Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao as a participant in the CUNY Faculty Fellowship Publication Program. Professor Richardson’s research interests are Afro-Latina/o Literature, Caribbean-American immigrant literature, African Diaspora Literature and hip hop as cultural narrative.


Judith Ortiz Cofer’s (Re)creations of Community in the Puerto Rican Diaspora


by Eileen Anderson

Eileen Anderson is currently teaching in the Spanish Language Program at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.  She completed her Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008.  Her dissertation entitled, “Resisting Anglicization: Strategies of Identity Formation in Irish and Puerto Rican Communities in the United States” discusses the intersections of Puerto Rican and Irish communities in the U.S. Her research interests include the Nuyorican Poetry Movement and exploring the intersections of Latino and Irish studies in the United States.  She is currently working on an article on Mother Jones in Mexico.





by Anita Cantillo

Born in Costa Rica, Anita Cantillo is currently a professor of English and Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte, where she also earned an MFA in Creative Writing.  Her poetry has appeared in Iodine Poetry Journal, Convergence, and Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review.  She resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.


Have You Tried My Enchiladas?


by Lyndsey Lefebvre

Lyndsey Lefebvre is a third-generation Mexican-American from the conservative, yet magical land of Orange County, California.  Her writing topics often deal with identity and culture through the lens of the plate and the desires of the stomach.  She has been published in the Dash Literary Journal, and teaches food themed Composition classes in Southern California.

Short Stories


Tortillas for Honkies


by Kase Johnstun

A former nationally syndicated columnist for Catholic News Service, Kase Johnstun teaches English Composition and Technical Writing at Pierce College in Washington State. He has a Masters Degree in English from Kansas State University and is in his final semester as a student in Pacific University’s Master of Fine Arts Program. Kase’s articles have also appeared in CitiHealth Magazine and Consumer Choice Magazine (Ireland’s consumer advocate publication). Most recently, his story titled “Losing Grandpa” was featured in The Good Men Project Magazine. His narrative “We Were Going to Kill Each Other” was part of a collection of stories in the book Europe From a Backpack. Kase lives in Tacoma, Washington with his wife Mary and their two dogs, Tica and Paz.


Goodbye, Santero


by Teresa Dovalpage

Teresa Dovalpage was born in Havana in 1966 and presently lives in Taos, New Mexico where she teaches Spanish and Spanish literature at UNM-Taos. She is the author of five novels, three in Spanish and two in English, and a collection of short stories in Spanish. Her novels in Spanish are Muerte de un murciano en La Habana (Death of a Murcian in Havana, Anagrama, 2006, a runner-up for the Herralde Award in Spain), El difunto Fidel (The Late Fidel, Ediciones Iduna, 2010 that won the Rincón de la Victoria Award in Spain in 2009) and Posesas de La Habana (Haunted Ladies of Havana, PurePlay Press, 2004). Her English-language novels are A Girl like Che Guevara (Soho Press, 2004) and Habanera, a Portrait of a Cuban Family (Floricanto Press, 2010).


One Bullet


by Spencer Carvalho

Spencer Carvalho is twenty-four years old.  He was born in Brazil but spent most of his life in the United States. He has lived in Brazil, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and currently resides in Ohio.  He started writing short stories in high school and has had short stories published by the Barcelona Review, Keep Going, Litter Box Magazine, Imitation Fruit, and others.