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    Chicana/Latina Studies
    volume 20 number 1 (Fall 2020)
    Author:   Crystal Galindo
    Title:  Art as a Tool for Self-Love and Community Empowerment
    Abstract:   ARTIST STATEMENT
    Pages: 12 - 15
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    Author:   Sonya M Alemán
    Title:  Theory as a Beacon of Hope
    Pages: 18 - 23
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    Author:   Ana Roncero Bellido
    Title:  Testimoniando y Comadreando across Borders: Latina/s Anónima/s in Telling to Live: Latina Feminist Testimonios
    Abstract:   This article examines the ways in which The Latina Feminist Group, or TLFG, challenges the problems that can emerge in traversing Latina feminist discourses and epistemologies across the Americas and the development of true solidarities by creating a transnational and translocal anonymous narrating subject in their collection Telling to Live: Latina Feminist Testimonios (2001): the Latina Anónima. To this end, this essay argues that the Latina Anónima emerges from a process of cultural translation and translenguaje, which are mediated by friendships (Alvarez et al. 2014). TLFG's collective engagement with these translational political practices through testimonio methodology enables their cross-border theorization of Latinidad/es and the forging of political transnational and translocal friendships and comadreo.
    Pages: 26 - 55
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    Author:   Nora K Rivera
    Abstract:   Over three hundred years have passed since Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, the first feminist in the Americas, wrote her famous response defending her right to learn and to speak through her poetry. Today, the spoken word poetry of Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Denice Frohman, Mercedez Holtry, Melania Luisa Marte, and Elizabeth Acevedo grapples with the same matters Sor Juana did more than three hundred years ago. This article analyzes the feminist practices within the rhetoric of the spoken word performances of Lozada-Oliva, Frohman, Holtry, Marte, and Acevedo by positioning their work as performed testimonios (Blackmer Reyes and Curry Rodriguez 2012; Diaz 2011). Understanding these spoken word performances as performed testimonios helps us examine the connections between the rhetor's personal experience of injustice, the collective struggle of the community to which the rhetor belongs, and the political agency that the rhetor demands. This article also traces the historical and cultural intersections between the spoken word poetry of Latinas and Latina feminism by identifying the echoes from Sor Juana's work in the performed testimonios examined here.
    Pages: 56 - 82
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    Author:   Roberta Hurtado
    Title:  Dusmic Poetic of the Flesh: Decolonial Shifts in Puerto Rican Women's Fiction
    Abstract:   Since 1898, Puerto Rican women have been subjected to colonial narratives that depict them as helpless and/or pathological pawns to be saved by a beneficent Anglo-U.S. coloniality of power. Imbedded within these narratives have been tactical logics that not only transform Puerto Rican women into objects to be dominated, but also manifest a social structuring that has lasted to this day. The wounds resulting from this colonial imposition have been felt in the most intimate of spaces, and suggest the need for a shift in how Puerto Rican women and their experiences are narrated and interpreted. This essay explores these issues by engaging Latina decolonial feminist theories to identify the presence of a "dusmic poetic in the flesh" that identifies, delineates, and subverts colonial narratives via artistic literary creation. A dusmic poetic of the flesh is an aesthetic that returns to the flesh in order to combat colonial narratives by demystifying the impact of coloniality and creating visions of transformative consciousness. This essay contends that Alba Ambert's A Perfect Silence contains representations of a dusmic poetic of the flesh that not only exposes and challenges the Anglo-U.S.'s narrative of Puerto Rican women, but also constructs a culturally-specific decolonial praxis for healing. This essay asserts that a dusmic poetic of the flesh emerges as a tactical aesthetic for empowerment beyond the boundaries of coloniality's limitations.
    Pages: 84 - 107
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    Author:   Leslie C Sotomayor
    Title:  Hilos Rojos: Threading Together an Autohistoria of Conocimiento
    Abstract:   In 2017, I created, curated, and traveled with the art installation Hilos Rojos for a gallery exhibition in Havana, Cuba. In this autohistoria-teoría, I document and theorize my art process for creating Hilos Rojos, drawing on the seven transformative acts of conocimiento as both a guide for my creative process and as inspiration for my artwork. I treated each element of Hilos Rojos as demonstrative, visual representation of each phase of conocimiento. The introspection that produced this autohistoria-teoría also helped hone my identity as a nepantlera artist—that is, an artist who pursues the temporal in-between space of nepantla for transformation, healing, and as a muse. Anzaldúa’s (2015) theory of nepantla aptly describes the feeling of being in-between ‘worlds’ or realms. Art making by a nepantlera artist becomes a vehicle for this world traveling (Lugones 1987) that can help re-imagine and refashion worlds by depicting the emotions and images we carry in our bodies, minds, and spirits during those transformative moments.
    Pages: 108 - 137
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    Author:   Patricia Trujillo
    Title:  Creative Writing Editorial Statement
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 140 - 147
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    Author:   Laura Rendón
    Title:  Realm Shift
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 148 - 151
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    Author:   Paula Garcí­a
    Title:  A Chicana Prayer: What I Wish My Ancestors Would Have Told My Ancestors
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 152 - 154
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    Author:   Fabiola Bagula
    Title:  Prieta
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 156 - 158
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    Author:   Elizabeth Peréz
    Title:  Curator's Note
    Visitation from the Once & Future Pride of Black Arkadelphia
    Chicago Piropo
    Abstract:   Five Poems.
    Pages: 160 - 169
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    Author:   Reid Gómez
    Title:  Capullo y Sorollo
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 170 - 173
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    Author:   Ginger "Dizzy" Jenkins
    Title:  Agua de Esclavo
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 174 - 177
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    Author:   Lorna Dee Cervantes
    Title:  The Week Rurg Bader Ginsburg Died
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 178 - 179
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    Author:   Philis M Barragán Goetz
    Title:  Education as Resistance, Pedagogy as Healing: Gloria E. Anzaldúa and Decolonial Approaches to Learning Inside and Outside the Classroom
    Abstract:   BOOK REVIEW OF: Teaching Gloria E. Anzaldúa: Pedagogy and Practice for Our Classrooms and Communities. Edited by Margaret Cantú-Sánchez, Candace de León-Zepeda, and Norma E. Cantú. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2020. 341 pages. $30.00 (paper).
    Pages: 182 - 185
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    Author:   Elena Vicentita Valdez
    Title:  Piecing Together Our Colonial Pasts
    Abstract:   BOOK REVIEW OF: Colonial Legacies in Chicana/o Literature and Culture: Looking through the Kaleidoscope. By Vanessa Fonseca-Chávez. Tucson: The University of Arizona, 2020. 159 pages. $35.00 (paper).
    Pages: 186 - 188
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    Author:   Erick John Rodriguez
    Title:  Toward Alternate Latinx Masculinities
    Abstract:   BOOK REVIEW OF: Decolonizing Latinx Masculinities. Edited by Arturo J. Aldama and Frederick Luis Aldama. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2020. 345 pages. $35.00 (paper).
    Pages: 190 - 192
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    Author:   Jesus Jaime-Diaz
    Title:  Dentro de las nubes busqué claridad: por cariño y amor a mijo desafié el frio de la sociedad
    Abstract:   BOOK REVIEW OF: A Life on Hold: Living with Schizophrenia. By Josie Méndez-Negrete. University of New Mexico Press, 2015. 296 pages. $24.95 (paperback); $ 9.99 (e-book).
    Pages: 194 - 199
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