Label Me Latina/o Fall 2016 Volume VI

August 17, 2016 edited by Michele Shaul and Kathryn Quinn-Sánchez
Filed under: Fall 


Chicana Casualties of War: Loss, Vietnam, and Fractured Sisterhood in Stella Pope Duarte’s Let Their Spirits Dance

By Cristina Herrera

Cristina Herrera holds a PhD in literature from Claremont Graduate University, specializing in contemporary Chicana and Latina writing. She is an Associate Professor of Chicano and Latin American Studies at California State University, Fresno. Cristina is author of Contemporary Chicana Literature: (Re)Writing the Maternal Script and has published in numerous journals, including Children’s Literature, Chicana/Latina Studies, and Food, Culture, and Society, among others. She has a forthcoming co-edited volume, (Re)Mapping the Latina/o Literary Landscape: New Works and New Directions.

Gypsy Mothers or Decolonial Citizens? The Mother as ‘Other’ in Judith Ortiz Cofer’s In the Line of the Sun

By Larissa Mercado-López

Larissa M. Mercado-López received her Ph.D. in English/Latina Literature from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Dr. Mercado-López is currently an Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies at California State University, Fresno, where she teaches courses on Latina health, feminist theory, and women of color feminisms for Women’s Studies and the Department of Chicano and Latin American Studies. Her research areas include Chicana feminism, Latina literature, maternal studies, and feminist fitness studies. Dr. Mercado-López is a member of the national advisory board for the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa, and is co-editor of (Re)Mapping the Latina/o Literary Landscape: New Works and New Directions and three volumes of essays on the life and work of Gloria E. Anzaldúa.

Spanglish and the Negotiation of Latina Identities in Sandra Cisneros’s Caramelo

By Silvia Peart and Dale C. Lescher

Silvia M. Peart is an Associate Professor of Spanish in the Languages and Cultures Department at the United States Naval Academy. Her research focuses on second language acquisition of Spanish, language pedagogy, and identity construction and language in Chicana/o Literature. Professor Peart presents her research at national and international conferences and has authored articles in these areas of research.

Dale C. Lescher graduated in May 2016 from the United States Naval Academy with a major in Aerospace Engineering and a minor in Spanish. She has presented her research at MACLAS (Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies).

 “Señoritas” of the New Millenium: Etnicidad, Género y Nuevas Feminidades en la Chica Lit

By Aida Roldán

Aida Roldán García is a doctoral student and Spanish professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (USA). She received a Masters degree in Construction and Representation of Cultural Identities and her BA in English Philology from the University of Barcelona. In 2009, she received a grant to study for a year at the University College of Cork (Ireland) where she had the opportunity to strengthen her background in Chicano Studies through the Center for Mexican and Latino Studies. Research interests include gender studies, feminist cultural criticism and Latino Studies.

Short Story

En la ciudad compartida

By Jaime Mundo

Jaime Mundo is a Ph.D candidate and lecturer in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at SUNY Albany. His research interests focus on Latino Literature as well as Spanish-American Literature and Cultural Studies with a special interest in the intersection of technology, digital virtuality and literature.

Tío Rojo

By Michael Sarabia

Michael Sarabia teaches Government and Economics at Bravo Medical Magnet High School in Los Angeles. He holds a Masters of Professional Writing from USC (2005). He has also served with the U.S. Marine Corps.

 Take the ‘A’ Train

By Jonathon Marcantoni Rosa           

Jonathan Marcantoni Rosa is a Puerto Rican author and former Editor in Chief of Aignos Publishing. His love of surrealism and experimentation led to his portrait style, used in his forthcoming novel Tristiana (La Casita Grande, 2017). In Fall 2016, he will launch La Casita Grande Editores, a Latino and Caribbean imprint of Black Rose Writing. You can follow him on Twitter @Marcantoni1984 or visit his website

 Excerpt from Iron River, a novel in search of a publisher

By Daniel Acosta

Daniel Acosta’s fiction has appeared in Nuestro and Lowrider magazines, and in Homenaje a la Ciudad de Los Angeles, an anthology of Latino writing celebrating the bicentennial of the city of Los Angeles. His The Taming of the Shrew, A Barrio Adaptation of the Shakespeare Comedy was performed at the Los Angeles Inner City Cultural Center. An alumnus of the L.A. Latino Writers’ Workshop, he recently completed another play, The Doctor of Women’s Hearts and his first novel, Iron River. His short story, “The Tregua,” was published in the Fall, 2014, issue of LabelMelatina/o.


Si oyen, lo escuchan

By Ana Cecilia Lara

Ana Cecilia Lara is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Theatre, and Foreign Languages at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Presently she is the Director of Foreign Languages Program, and the Coordinator of the Spanish Teacher Licensure. Her special interests are Cultural Studies, Latin American Literature, and Applied Linguistics.


#all your life

By Andrea de la Selva

Andrea Danielle De la Selva, also known by her pseudonym Shebah Saturn, is a Writer, Poet, Mental Health Advocate and Numerologist. De la Selva began writing at the age of seven, where she caught the attention of her third grade teacher when she composed a poem about “the weeping stars at night.” At the age of 13, De la Selva’s mother took her to participate in a Writer’s Workshop with renowned author Sandra Cisneros at University of Cal State Los Angeles. Cisneros encouraged De la Selva’s mother to “tell her daughter to keep on writing” because “she’s got something different to offer the world.” De la Selva pursued her passion, earning a Bachelor of Arts with Academic Honors in Creative Writing from Mills College, publishing her Senior Thesis in Poetry and Prose. After graduating, De la Selva held a position as a high school English teacher in East Oakland, California. As a young teacher, she emphasized the gift of poetry, and its capacity to empower young people to express their concerns about their neglected neighborhoods. She affirmed her student’s desires to write about the tough decisions they faced on a daily basis. Her students wrote about police harassment and racial profiling, family disunification and immigration reform, and shared their experiences with domestic violence and drug abuse. De la Selva continues to make time to write about the beauty and challenges of the human experience. She infuses her writing with an unwavering belief in humanity’s ability to overcome feelings of being separate from one another and grow together.


By Jessica Lopez Lyman

Jessica Lopez Lyman, born in St. Paul, Minnesota, is a performance poet turned researcher. She has performed at First Avenue, Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (MACLA), and at the Mujeres de Maíz festival in Los Angeles. Her writing has been published in Chicana/Latina Studies Journal, Praxis: Gender and Cultural Critiques and Journal and Ban This! Lopez Lyman is a member of Electric Machete Studios, a Chicanx/Latinx/Indigenous art collective on St. Paul’s West Side. She holds a PhD in Chicana and Chicano Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Lopez Lyman is an instructor in the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies at the University of Minnesota.  

 No me hables en inglés

By Eloisa Pérez Lozano

Eloísa Pérez-Lozano grew up bilingual and bicultural in Houston, Texas. She graduated from Iowa State University with her M.S. in journalism and mass communication and her B.S. in psychology. She is a long-distance member of the Latino Writers Collective in Kansas City, and a member of the Gulf Coast Poets. Her poetry has been featured in The Texas Observer, aaduna, Diverse Voices Quarterly, and The Acentos Review, among others.

 Aquí y allá 

By Yvette Corredor 

Yvette Corredor is from Bogotá, Colombia. She likes to write about nature, real people and their daily troubles, woman’s feelings, and humor. She has been a Librarian and Archivist at La Salle University, Bogotá, a Medical Librarian at Biblioteca Regional de Medicina, Universidad de São Paulo, Brasil and she was the Chief of the National Cancer Institute Library in Bogotá for 19 years. Yvette organized the José Asunción Silva Library, an important poetry library in Bogotá. She moved to Medellin, Colombia and worked in the Inderena Library, the EAFIT University Library, and Teleantioquia TV Channel, Video Library. Later, in Bucaramanga, Colombia she worked at the UIS University Library in the areas of Social Sciences and Engineering. She moved to Charlotte in 1998 where she is self-employed.