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With this new Latino literary collection Erika M. Martínez has brought together twenty-four engaging narratives written by Dominican women and women of Dominican descent living in the United States. The first volume of its kind, Daring to Write’s insightful works offer readers a wide array of content that touches on a range of topics: migration, history, religion, race, class, gender, and sexuality. The result is a moving and imaginative critique of how these factors intersect and affect daily lives.

The volume opens with a foreword by Julia Alvarez and includes short stories, novel excerpts, memoirs, and personal essays and features work by established writers such as Angie Cruz and Nelly Rosario, alongside works by emerging writers. Narratives originally written in Spanish appear in English for the first time, translated by Achy Obejas. An important contribution to Latino/a studies, these writings will introduce readers to a new collection of rich literature.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820349268
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 04/15/2016
Pages: 234
Sales rank: 770,814
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

ERIKA M. MARTÍNEZ works with the National Writing Project in New Hampshire and is a staff member of their Invitational Summer Writing Institute. She has contributed to various anthologies, including Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education and Homelands: Women’s Journeys across Race, Place, and Time. She lives in Oakland, California.

Table of Contents

Foreword Julia Alvarez xi

Introduction Erika M. Martínez 1

1 The people Who Love Me

Writing toward Forgiveness Angie Cruz 9

Maribel and El Viejo Jina Ortiz 16

The Big News Delta Eusebio Achy Obejas 23

The Day I Lost Melissa Erika M. Martínez 29

The Immaculate Finger Farah Hallal Achy Obejas 37

Halfie Ana-Maurine Lara 44

The Game of Exhaustion Sheilly Núñez Achy Obejas 52

2 I'M Not From Here and I'M Not From There

Identidades/Identities Rhina P. Espaillat 61

In Chinatown Noeis Eusebio-Pol Achy Obejas 65

The Yielding Paths Ángela Hernández Achy Obejas 75

Excerpt from Feasting on Sancocho before Night Falls, a Meditation Nelly Rosario 85

An Heiress from Arroyo Hondo Lissette Rojas Achy Obejas 93

On Being a (Latina) Journalist Juleyka Lantigua-Williams 100

3 That's Not Me Anymore

The Intervention Sofia Quintero 107

The Queen of Chá Marivell Contreras Achy Obejas 118

The Slandered Jeannette miller Achy Obejas 124

Papi Leonor Suarez 129

Greñas Kersy Corporan 143

Pero, M'ija, Where Did You Get That From? Dulce María Reyes Bonilla 147

4 The Countries Beyond

The Caribbean, or the Feminine Face of Multiculturalism Sherezada (Chiqui) Vicioso 159

Saint Martha's Daughter in Madrid Riamny Méndez Achy Obejas 164

The Route Ludin Santana Achy Obejas 173

For a Mango Miriam Mejía Achy Obejas 183

Tía Milena/Milena Tía Carolina González

The Day's List Yalitza Ferreras 195

Contributors 207

Permissions 213

Acknowledgments 215

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