F117. Jotas: A Chicana Lesbian Reading by Barrio-Based Writers

Room 410, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, April 1, 2016
9:00 am to 10:15 am


¡Orale! This is a queer reading by Chicana poets and writers from East LA, Long Beach, and beyond these fronteras. This is the next generación. Their writings reflect their politics, beliefs, and lived experiences of la jotería existing in this país. Their hybrid writings build bridges within all their communities: LGBTQ and gente of color. They are proud of their roots. This is ¡Soy Chicana Lesbiana! Femme, Butch ¡Y Que!



Wanda Alarcón is a doctoral candidate of comparative ethnic studies and women, gender & sexuality at UC Berkeley. Her dissertation is titled, "Sounding Aztlán: Music, Literature, and the Chicana/o Sonic Imaginary." She is also the creator/editor of the queer Chicana poetry zine, JOTA.

Verónica Reyes is the author of Chopper! Chopper! Poetry from Bordered Lives. She scripts poetry for la jotería and Chicana/o communities. In 2014, her book won International Latino Book Award, Golden Crown Literary Society Award, and Lambda Literary Finalist. She teaches at California State Los Angeles.

Griselda Suárez is a poet and essayist. Her book Concrete River Boulevard was nominated for the California Book Prize. She teaches Chicana/o and Latina/o studies at Long Beach State.

Claudia Rodríguez is a writer/performer from Compton, with an MFA in creative writing from the California Institute of the Arts. Her first collection of poetry, Everybody’s Bread, was published with Korima Press. She's a 2014 recipient of an Artists in Residency Grant awarded by the city of LA.


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