Acosta, Anaís serves as the Technology Manager at the University of Texas at El Paso’s Institute of Oral History. In this capacity, she is responsible for chronicling major events and university milestones as well as interviewing distinguished guests through the creation and production of documentaries and promotional videos. She oversees and maintains the university’s extensive oral history collection and conducts high-priority interviews with individuals in order to contribute to research projects and historical archives. Acosta holds two Bachelor degrees, a B.A. in Marketing and another in Production Operation Management, both from UTEP.
Amezcua, Alejandra born and raised in Chicago’s neighborhood La Villita, is a DePaul University student majoring in Latino Studies, with minors in Spanish and Community Service. She has studied abroad and visited Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Kingston, Jamaica, and outer San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 2014 she completed a research project in the ULA Chicano/a Studies Research Center, and presented her research at UC-Berkeley. In 2015 she did an internship with Diálogo, learning the editing and production process, and participated with the editors on a panel at the IUPLR Siglo XXI Conference convened April 2015 at the University of Notre Dame. In the future, she is interested in both serving in the U.S. Army and pursuing a graduate degree at UCLA.
Avilés, Elena is Assistant Professor of Chicano/Latino Studies in the School of Gender, Race, and Nations at Portland State University. She received her doctorate from the University of New Mexico in Hispanic Languages and Literatures. Her teaching and research are informed by the fields of feminism, gender, and ethnic studies as well as by the literary and visual arts. Her teaching interests cover topics related to Chicano/Latino literature and Chicana feminist politics as they relate to the humanities. She uses the humanities as praxis to engage in transnational/global dialogues and exchanges with the histories and cultures of U.S. women of color.
Calvillo, Verónica is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Chicano and Latino Studies at Gettysburg College. She teaches Spanish language and Chicana/o and Latina/o literature courses in both English and Spanish. Her research interests focus on the intersection between individual cognition, Mexican Americans’ collective identity, and the broader field of Immigration Studies. Her current research looks at the connections between archival Mexican National and Mexican American music recordings from the 20th Century and the emergence of transnational identity in popular culture. Dr. Calvillo was born in Juarez, Mexico. As a young girl, she immigrated with her family to the southwest U.S.
Caraza, Xánath es viajera, educadora, poeta y narradora. Su poemario Sílabas de viento / Syllables of Wind recibió el 2015 International Book Award de poesía. También recibió Mención de Honor en la categoría poesía en español para los 2015 International Latino Book Awards. Su poemario Conjuro y su colección de relatos Lo que trae la marea / What the Tide Brings han recibido reconocimientos nacionales e internacionales. Caraza recibió la Beca Nebrija para Creadores de 2014 del Instituto Franklin en España. Sus otros poemarios son Donde la luz es violeta, Tinta negra, Noche de colibríes, Corazón pintado y Ocelocíhuatl. Enseña en la Universidad de Missouri-Kansas City.
Castro Luna, Claudia is Seattle’s Civic Poet. Born in El Salvador she came to the U.S. in 1981. She has an M.A. in Urban Planning, a teaching certificate and an M.F.A. in poetry from Mills College. Her poems have appeared in Riverbabble, the Taos Journal of Poetry and Art, The Seattle Review of Books and Poetry Northwest among others. Living in English and Spanish, Castro Luna writes and teaches in Seattle where she gardens and keeps chickens with her husband and their three children.
Escobar, Raquel is a Ph.D. candidate in History with a specialization in American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her dissertation, currently in progress, examines how U.S. and Latin American iterations of Indian reform, indigenous politics and activism intersected and co-constituently developed in the twentieth century. [End Page...