F304. Centro Mariconadas: Queering Central American Narratives

D135, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


As Central Americans in the US become a focus of anti-immigrant rhetoric and queer and trans people seek refuge from hate and violence on both sides of the border, it is more urgent than ever to combat one-dimensional stereotypes while resisting the urge to only represent ourselves as the perfect sexless minority in our narratives in order to garner respect for our humanity. Acclaimed and emergent queer Central American authors tackle these themes from multiple genres, mediums, and languages.



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.

Daniel Alvarenga is a queer Salvadoran journalist who focuses on Central American issues, including but not limited to immigration and generational war trauma. She currently works for AJ+, the millennial-focused digital branch of Al Jazeera.

Breena Nuñez is a cartoonist and youth educator based in Oakland, CA. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Comics through California College of the Arts where she is exploring the art of autobiographical comics and using her own experience to create visibility for the Central American diaspora.

Gabriela Ramirez-Chavez is a Literature PhD candidate at University of California, Santa Cruz who specializes in cross-genre writing and experimental poetics. Her work has most recently appeared in The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the U.S. and Imaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzaldúan Borderlands.

Olivia Olivia comes from the same place all sad things come from—the sea. Her writing has appeared in SalonThe RumpusThe Establishment, and the Portland Mercury, among other places. She is the author of No One Remembered Your Name But I Wrote It Down, a speculative memoir set in the afterlife.


March 4–7, 2020
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Henry B. González Convention Center