ALTAR. Cruzando Fronteras, Building Bridges.

ALTAR: Cruzando Fronteras, Building Bridges is a documentary film about the writer, theorist and activist, Gloria Anzaldúa, directed by Daniele Basilio and Paola Zaccaria (2009). Click HERE to view it on Vimeo. The documentary explores Anzaldúa’s influence on visual artists, her own interests in art, and the intersection of art, spirituality and activism in her […]

Help Keep Anzaldúa’s Borderlands in Print!

Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary. Aunt Lute Books  hope to release the 4th edition this important text, but they need help. They have set up a Kickstarter Project to help raise the necessary funds to publish and distribute the book.  Aunt Lute is a nonprofit publisher since 1982. […]

Further Border Intrusion in the Rio Grande Valley

The US Mexico border fence which the acclaimed Chicana writer and theorist Gloria Anzaldúa describes as “una herida abierta [an open wound],” continues to disrupt and divide the lives of those who dwell in it’s surrounds. An article in the New York Times titled, “Border Fence Upends a Valley Farmer’s Life,” describes how a new push […]

Americas Studies

The Following is an edited version of a presentation I gave at the School of English PhD Slam on the 15th September 2011. To see news coverage of the event, please click here. My research interests range across contemporary women’s poetry, Chicana/o Studies, Americas Studies, feminist geography, border theory, transnationalism, migration and ethnicity, representation of […]

“Yo Soy Joaquín/I am Joaquín”: Early Verbal, Visual and Machismo Expressions of Chicanismo

“I am Joaquín,” written and published by Rodolfo Corky Gonzales in 1967 is a seminal Chicana/o poem. The full text can be accessed in English here. It was the cornerstone of the Chicano Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s with its epic form, evocation of Chicana/o folk heroes, historical figures and religious icons. Today, the poem […]

Sheroes: A Snapshot of Inspirational Women in the Americas on International Women’s Day 2011

In no particular order here is a list of just some of the many inspirational women in the Americas in honour of International Women’s Day, March 8th 2011: Dr Maya Angelou (1928): a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist and also, might I add, San Francisco’s first […]