Eight Chicana poets every reader should know
A self-described “Chicana protest poet,” Castillo’s work explores the meaning of Xicanisma and deals with issues of race, gender, sexuality, patriarchy, oppression and religion. Her books of poetry include: I Ask the Impossible, My Father Was a Toltec,Women Are Not Roses, The Invitation, and Otro Canto.
Read Castillo’s poem Coatlicue’s Legacy HERE.
Lorna Dee Cervantes
Known for her use of vivid language and imagery, Cervantes’ work often addresses racism, feminism and politics, as well as the poet’s relationship to words. Her debut collection Emplumada earned the American Book Award in 1982. Other books include: From the Cables of Genocide: Poems on Love and Hunger, Drive: The First Quartet
Cisneros’ feelings of alienation in her early years, especially in academics, was at the root of her finding her voice as a poet and writer. Since then she’s “become the…
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