What I Learned When I Set Out to Write an “Authentic” Latina Character
Latinidad, to me, was like a shrunken sweater. I never wanted to get rid of it, but I couldn’t imagine how it would possibly fit.
In the country where my mother was born, so was my need to defend myself, finally, and so was my need to write.
West Side Story
menot meNOT ME.” , not what you think of me.
She’s not far from me now, falling in love in East LA.
Are you a strong woman nowNow are you empowered
People really want diverse stories
Perhaps thinking and writing ourselves as Latinos is not just another concession to whiteness, but a step toward imagining our future collective power.
They Could Have Named Her Anything
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There are far more writers ringing up your groceries, writers pulling your daily espresso shot, writers in the laundries of hotels and security tagging jeans at the mall and filling your prescriptions and pouring your beer into a clean cold glass.
What I’d been looking for at the convent, I could find in reading and writing. If other writers could channel their desires, I could use it, too.