S220. Chicanas de la Frontera: Writing and Activism from the Border States

Room 205, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Saturday, March 7, 2020
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


In the tradition of the 1960s Chicano Movement, made well-known by the United Farm Workers strikes of Central Valley, California, and high school blowouts of Los Angeles, Chicana poets and writers from the four border states—Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California—discuss creative writing, activism, and the connections between the two. Listen to poems and stories from the borderlands, learn about current day actions to fight tyranny, and gain strategies for organizing in your own communities.



Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo is the author of Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge and is a former Steinbeck Fellow and Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange winner. She is the creator of the quarterly reading series Hitched and a cofounder of Women Who Submit.

Marisol Baca is the author of Tremor. She received an MFA from Cornell, was the recipient of the Robert Chasen poetry award, and is a professor at Fresno City College. She teaches in the Resources for American Indian Needs learning community and founded Women Writers of Color in the Central Valley.

Sarah Gonzales is a community organizer and artist in Tucson, AZ. She is the Director of Spoken Futures, Inc, a youth-centered social justice and literary organization. Sarah is a writer and trickster performance artist whose work landed her 6th place in the AZ US Presidential Primaries in 2012.

Viktoria Valenzuela is a human rights activist, mother-writer, the organizer of 100 Thousand Poets for Change SATX and a Women Who Submit chapter lead. Valenzuela is also a Macondista and Zoeglossia Fellow. Her work keeps keen focus on Chican@ m(other)ing as decolonization and political action.

Denise Chávez is a Borderland writer, teacher, playwright, and human rights activist. She is the owner of Casa Camino Real Bookstore, which in collaboration with the American Booksellers Association, has created Libros Para El Viaje/Books for the Journey, a Refugee Book Drive.


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