Label Me Latina/o Spring 2018 Volume VIII

March 22, 2018 edited by Michele Shaul and Kathryn Quinn-Sánchez
Filed under: spring 


Re-Envisioning the Latino South and the Cultural Poetics of Angela de Hoyos: A Transfrontera Synthesis

By Antonio L. Vásquez

Antonio L. Vásquez is a first-generation college graduate who holds a Ph.D. in Chicano/Latino Studies and American Studies from Michigan State University and a M.A. in International Relations from St. Mary’s University. Born and raised in South San Antonio, Texas, he has lived and worked in the southern United States for most of his professional career in both academia and the non-profit world in Georgia, North Carolina, and, more recently, Middle Tennessee State University. For follow-up constructive comments and/or suggestions, please free to contact Dr. Vásquez at

Conflicted Borderlands and Nepantla Theory in Himilce Novas’ Mangos, Bananas, Coconuts: A Cuban Love Story

By Susan C. Méndez

Susan C. Méndez earned her doctorate at the University of California, Riverside. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of English & Theatre at the University of Scranton, and teaches Multi-Ethnic American literature. Méndez’s courses are cross-listed with the Women’s Studies, Latin American Studies, and Peace and Justice Studies Programs. Her research primarily addresses Latina/o literary texts, namely novels. Her publications have appeared in the following journals: Centro: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Confluencia: Revista Hispanica de Cultura y Literatura, Chicana/Latina Studies, Afro-Hispanic Review, MaComère: The Journal of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars, Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal, Letras Hispanas: Revista de Literatura y Cultura, and Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy.

Las dos caras de la reivindicación social en Yo-Yo Boing!

By José María Valle Narciso

José María Valle Narciso was born and raised in Valencia, Spain where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Translation and Interlinguistic Mediation from the Universitat de València. During this period, he also studied in Germany and in the United States (at Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz and at UNCW respectively). Subsequently, he moved to Seville, Spain and earned a Master’s Degree in Audiovisual Translation through the Instituto Superior de Estudios Lingüísticos y Traducción and the Universidad de Cádiz. He returned to UNCW to pursue a Master of Arts Degree in Spanish as a Teaching Assistant and to continue his journey towards ultimately earning a Ph. D.

Health Risks to Latinas: An Indictment of Marianismo

By Gisela Norat

Gisela Norat is a Professor of Spanish at Agnes Scott College, a liberal arts college for women in Atlanta. She specializes in Latina and Latin American women’s literature.  She is author of Marginalities: Diamela Eltit and the Subversion of Mainstream Literature in Chile and scholarly articles on U.S Latina and Latin American women’s writing. Her latest research and publications focus on issues of motherhood.


El exilio era esto

By Loli Molina Muñoz

Loli Molina Muñoz is a Spanish teacher of Elementary Education in Columbia, SC who is pursuing a Ph.D. Her dissertation focuses on science fiction literature written by women in Spanish and English. Her poetry has appeared in Poemas al director by Guillermo Spottorno (Bubok 2013) Antología Whitestar dedicated to David Bowie(Palabristas 2016); and Vive San Valentín (ViveLibro 2017). Her book poemAnuario was published in 2016, and her second book Expatriados was published in 2017.

En Eritrea

By Margarita Dager-Uscocovich

Margarita Dager-Uscocovich was born in Guayaquil Ecuador in 1967. She has written since she was ten years old beginning with small pieces in student newspapers, and then as editor of the school newspaper at Urdesa High School in 1986 in Ecuador. Living in numerous countries both in Europe and the Americas combined with her different maternal and paternal heritages has provided her with a broad perspective that allows her to communicate her emotions. Margarita has never published professionally but she has contributed editorials to Mundo Latino, a local Charlotte newspaper. Her poetry has been included in previous ARTE LATINO NOW exhibitions (2016, 2017 and 2018) as well as in the El Quixote Festival sponsored by Artist Studio Project. She has been a finalist in several international literary competitions in Spain, Argentina, Mexico and Uruguay and her poetry and short stories has been part of eight anthologies so far.

Grandma is a voice on the phone

By Marlene Labastida

Marlene Labastida was born in Mexico and grew up in Oakland, California. Her poetry explores and narrates the stories of immigrant youth, particularly around the DACA experience of growing up undocumented. Marlene graduated from Dartmouth College with B.A. in Economics and did graduate studies at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  Marlene has performed her work at the Dreamer Fund’s Undocufest, a fundraiser for undocumented college students, and at local San Francisco Bay Area public library events.

Short Story


By Amanda Rodriguez

Amanda Rodriguez is a queer, first generation Cuban-American and an environmental activist living in Weaverville, NC. She hold an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte, NC. Her short fiction, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry can be found in Germ Magazine, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, Mud Season Review, Thoughtful Dog, Rigorous, Stoneboat Literary Journal, Change Seven, Cold Creek Review, The Acentos Review, NILVX (upcoming), and Lou Lit Review (upcoming).

Have you ever been in love?

By Karina Alma

Karina Alma, formerly known as Karina Oliva Alvarado, earned a B.A. in English and a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies, both at U.C. Berkeley. She teaches on U.S. Central American, Chicana/o, and Latino literatures and communities and has taught in the Chicana and Chicano studies department at UCLA for the last five years. She co-edited a book with Alicia Ivonne Estrada (CSUN) and Ester Hernandez (CSULA) titled U.S. Central Americans, Reconstructing Memories, Struggles, and Communities of Resistance (2017) published by Arizona University Press. She is also a poet. Her poems are found in The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States (2017), Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts in Los Angeles (2016) among other books and online journals.

Dreaming of Soulmates

By Lydia Isales

Lydia Isales was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She went to college at Tufts University, obtaining a B.A. with a double major in Psychology and Spanish Literature in 1981. She obtained a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1984. In 2014, after approximately thirty years, Lydia retired from the EPA in Philadelphia, PA. She moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 2016 and is enjoying the warmer weather. Lydia had two short stories published in Rigorous, an on-line journal, in February 2018.

Creative Nonfiction/Interview

Reconstruyendo Imaginarios and ReWriting AfroLatina Representations A Dialogue Between NeoSoul World Music Singer, Filmmaker & Founder/Director of Latinegras®

By Omilani Alarcón and Indhira Serrano

Omilani Alarcón is a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. She graduated summa cum laude and upon graduation, immediately embarked upon a Fulbright Hays-Group Project Abroad in Nigeria where she studied the Yoruba language at Obafemi Awolowo University. She completed a study at the University of Cambridge (UK) for her Masters thesis as well as returned to Africa and the Caribbean for further fieldwork. Ms. Alarcón is a visual and performing artist, poet, scholar and Founder of the Latinegras brand. She has over eight scholarly publications, five musical CDs, and was in the top 7 GRAMMY Showcase Finalists. She is fluent in four languages other than English and has traveled and studied business, languages, and performing arts in Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas.  Her current project is a documentary, “LATINEGRAS: Love the Skin You’re In” which chronicles the lives of AfroLatina women and their journeys towards self-definition. They confront challenges using them as catalysts for education, social change, and uniting communities.

Indhira Serrano is a well-known Colombian actress of stage and screen, child advocate, and activist. She began her career in early 1990s as a TV host/presenter for Telecaribe in Colombia. She later moved to Caracas, Venezuela to study the Strasberg Method Acting under Ralf Kinnard (1998 – 2002). She began appearing on television commercials and drama series in 1997, before landing her first leading role in the film Piel (1998). She also appeared in the film Love in The Time Of Cholera as Barbara Lynch in 2007, Paraiso Travel (2009), and Retratos en un mar de mentiras (2010). Serrano is best known for her performances in the series Amor sincero. (2009), El Clon (2010) Flor salvaje (2011) Tres milagros (2011), Tiro de gracia (2014), Celia (2015) and Azúcar (2016). Serrano is particularly known for her commitment to acting and versatility in her roles. She enjoys a reputation as one of Colombia’s best stage actresses. Her work includes roles in successful plays such as El Traje nuevo del emperador (2005), Doña Flor y sus 2 maridos (2009), A 2.50 La Cuba Libre (2011), Blackout (2011), La leyenda de María Barilla (2012), and El Show de las divorciadas (2015). Serrano is currently performing in an adaptation of Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues in Colombia’s Teatro Nacional. She has also received multiple nominations in Colombia as supporting actress. Her nominated roles are for Amor sincero (2010), Tres milagros (2011), Postales colombianas (2012), and Todos se van (2015). Serrano is the current president of ACTORES SCG, a Colombian Collective Management Organization and has been and advocate and activist for Artist Rights since 2010.