Label Me Latina/o Fall 2011 Volume I

August 31, 2011 edited by Michele Shaul and Kathryn Quinn-Sánchez
Filed under: Fall, Volume I (2011) 



Diasporic Subjects and Hybrid Identities in We Came All the Way From Cuba So you could dress like this? by Achy Obejas


By Guadalupe Pérez-Anzaldo

Dr. Guadalupe Pérez-Anzaldo, a native from Mexico City, graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2006. She has published a variety of articles in different literary journals as well as a book titled: Memorias pluridimensionales en la narrativa mexicana. Las mujeres judíomexicanas cuentan sus historias. (México: Ediciones Eón/The University of Texas at El Paso. 2009). In that same year, she taught a course on Latin American Literature at the Universidad Andres Bello in Santiago de Chile. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia.


Cambio y viaje personal: al descubrir el ser femenino en Ana en el Trópico de Nilo Cruz


By Trevor Boffone

Trevor Boffone is a recent graduate of Villanova University in Pennsylvania where he received his Master of Arts degree in Hispanic Studies and worked as a Spanish teaching assistant. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Loyola University New Orleans. His primary research interest is contemporary United States Hispanic theatre with a focus on Cuban-American playwright, Nilo Cruz. His other areas of interest include twentieth and twenty-first centuries Latin American Literature and post-Franco Spanish culture, film and theatre. He is expecting to begin a doctorate program in 2012.


Mother May I?: Female Genealogies in Cristina García’s Dreaming in Cuban and Ana Veciana-Suárez’s The Chin Kiss King


By Graham Ignizio

Graham Ignizio is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies at Union College in New York.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009.  He also holds degrees from North Carolina State University and Middlebury College.  Professor Ignizio is primarily a Caribbeanist, with a focus on late twentieth-century and early twenty-first-century Cuban-American prose.  In addition, he has broad comparative interests that reach into other disciplines and traditions, such as US Latino/a literature, women’s studies, border studies, and post-Franco peninsular women writers.  His dissertation examines twelve Anglophone novels published in the 1990s written by Cuban-American women.




Dreams of Flying


By Diane Solís

Diane D.M. Solis is a fiction writer, poet, and columnist whose work has appeared in literary journals and magazines, including RE:AL, Totem, Ocho, and the LN Magazine.  Some of D.M.’s topics are spirituality, family, travels with her life-partner, most recently to Alaska, and relationships of quality and meaning. At the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), she streamlines and documents systems and procedures. Diane has written and edited award-winning reports and proposals, but she’s no where happier than when she’s out on the trails learning and sharing. Her poetry, essays, photography and artwork can be viewed at her blog:


Short Story

Parable of the Brown Sheep


By Christopher González

Christopher González is a PhD Candidate in the Department of English at The Ohio State University.  Chris grew up in west Texas, and states that the US/Mexico border never factored into his identity. As a result, his own worldview was never (and still is not) border-centric.  In his fiction, he tends to focus less on movement across a border and more on an infusionist mindset which treats how Latinos are infused with non-Latino culture and vice versa. This infusion may manifest in religions, foods, and other cultural practices. In his scholarly work, he specializes in understanding how various narrative forms, and especially those narratives created by Latinos, impact and influence readers in significant ways. At the heart of his interests is how people can be cognitively and emotionally moved through willful expressions of storytelling in a variety of media. His dissertation traces the development of Latino literature in the United States by investigating the relationship between authorial decisions related to the creation of narrative storyworlds and reader expectations that enable or constrain such authorial decisions. Christopher’s recent scholarly work has investigated representations of Afrolatinidad, as well as what he calls a “mechanized consciousness,” the adoption of a machine-like mentality by America’s migrant labor force. In addition, Christopher is the editor of ¿Qué Pasa, OSU?, a community-based magazine about Latinos at Ohio State, as well as the managing editor of Philip Roth Studies, a peer-reviewed semiannual journal devoted to the works of the American author Philip Roth. Christopher has been honored with the “Award for Excellence in Teaching by a First-Year GTA” as well as the Graduate Achievement in Latino/a Studies (GALAS) award for the Outstanding Academic Paper written on the subject of Latino Studies by a graduate student at OSU. Christopher proudly serves as a mentor for OSU’s LASER program (Latino and Latin American Space for Enrichment and Research), where he helps undergraduates who are transitioning to graduate school. He is also the current Graduate Representative for the MELUS society (The Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States).


Nayeli’s Nightmare


By Michael Pacheco

Michael M. Pacheco was born in Mexico but from the age of four, was raised in the United States. He is a former prosecutor, Board of Parole member, Oregon State Assistant Attorney General and rock singer/musician. In academia, he was a National Honor Student, placed second in a Gonzaga University-wide Oratorical Competition and later received his Bachelor’s Degree in 1975 and Juris Doctorate in 1990. Michael is a veteran, having received an Honorable Discharge from the United States Marine Corps. Michael has been published at least seven times in legal periodicals and journals and has a full-length novel to be released in April or May 2011, by Paraguas Books tentatively titled, The Guadalupe Saints. He is working on his fourth novel.


Personal Power


By Sandra Ramos O’Briant

Sandra Ramos O’Briant‘s work has appeared in Café Irreal. Flashquake, riverbabble, In Posse, LiteraryMama, Whistling Shade, La Herencia,, and The Copperfield Review. In addition, her short stories have been anthologized in Best Lesbian Love Stories of 2004, What Wildness is This: Women Write About the Southwest (University of Texas Press, Spring 2007), Latinos in Lotus Land: An Anthology of Contemporary Southern California Literature, (Bilingual Press, 2008), Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery (Arte Publico (2009), and The Mom Egg (Half Shell Press, 2010). The Latina title for her has been hard won because growing up in Santa Fe, New Mexico no one would accept that her mother was Mexican. The O’Briant last name tagged her gringa and put her on the outside looking in. But the outsider condition led to observing, and listening, and longing, all of which informs her writing.




Bouncing from Bronx Boricua and Chilling with La Latina Chilena


By Margarita Pignataro


Margarita E. Pignataro completes two years service as Visiting Assistant Spanish Professor at Syracuse University in May 2011.  Her research interests are U.S. Latino Literature and Culture, as well as immigration, religious studies and Spanish and Latin American Studies.  Her works have been published in Border-Lines: Journal of the Latino Research Center, Puentes: Revista méxico-chicana de literature, cultura y arte, and Telling Tongues: A Latin@ Anthology on Language Experience.  She graduated from Arizona State University in 2009 and will return to Arizona to continue her research and writing.