R165. Lenguas Revoltosas: Writers of Color Disrupting Traditional Literary Zones

E141-142, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
10:30 am to 11:45 am


"Ethnic identity is twin skin to linguistic identity—I am my language" wrote the legendary poet-scholar Gloria Anzaldúa. Despite the rich linguistic/cultural diversity within the US, the primary passport in mainstream publishing continues to be monolinguistic. This multi-genre reading features Latinx and writers of color with unruly tongues disrupting English-only literary zones and challenging narrow perceptions of what constitutes Latinx and POC writing and identity.



Olga García Echeverría is the author of Falling Angels: cuentos y poemas. Her work has appeared in several anthologies, among them Lavanderia: A Mixed Load of Women, Wash, and Words; and Telling Tongues: A Latino/a Anthology on Language. She teaches at Cal State University LA.

Alan Pelaez Lopez is an Afro-Zapotec poet, and collage and adornment artist. Their first book, Intergalactic Travels: poems from a fugitive alien, explores the intersections of PTSD, undocumented immigration, Indigeneity, queer feelings, and Black flesh. They are finishing a PhD in ethnic studies.

Verónica Reyes is the author of Chopper! Chopper! Poetry from Bordered Lives. She scripts poetry for queers of color and Latina/o communities. In 2014, she won the International Latino Book Award, Goldie Award, and she was a Lambda Literary Finalist. At Cal State LA, Reyes teaches in the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and English programs.

Maya Chinchilla has an MFA in English and creative writing from Mills College. She is a poet, writer, and educator, who has taught English, creative writing, Latina/o, ethnic, and global studies at San Francisco State University, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, and California Institute of Integral Studies.

Sehba Sarwar's essays, short stories, and poems have appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Asia: Magazine of Asian Literature, Callaloo, and elsewhere. Through longterm writing and art projects, Sarwar tackles parallels between North American and South Asian border regions.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center