"Chicano writers from El Paso are the most progressive, open-minded, far-reaching, and inclusive writers of them all."

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Thursday, September 01, 2005

El Paso Mujer Writers Spotlight: Alicia Gaspar de Alba

What can we say about Alicia Gaspar de Alba (Eastwood; B.A.1980 cum laude, M.A. 1983 University of Texas at El Paso, Ph.D. University of New Mexico 1994) except that she's been rocking lately.

Her new book Desert Blood about the Cd. Juarez, Mex woman murders has received acclaim. Alicia was born in El Paso. She first published her work in high school while at Loretto Academy. She was at UTEP when Theresa Melendez was at UTEP's English department. Alicia was co-editor of the Amphora Review while at UTEP. There she won the Tappan-Price literary award and the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association award for best poem. She also received an honorable mention in the Palabra Nueva competition. She received her Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico. Tey Diana Rebello was one of her professors, it think. Alicia is currently a professor at the Cesar Chavez Center for Chicano Studies at UCLA.

Alicia won Best Historical Fiction for her first novel Sor Juana's Second Dream in the Latino Literary Hall of Fame, 2000. She was Roderick Endowed Chair in English, Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Texas at El Paso, Fall 1999. She also received the Border-Ford/Pellicer-Frost Award for Poetry, 1998; Shirley Collier Prize for Literature (UCLA English Department award), 1998; Dean's Marshal for the Social Sciences Division, UCLA, 1998; the Premio Aztlán for her book of short stories Mystery of Survival, 1994; and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation Fellowship, Award in Poetry, 1989.

At UCLA, she was First Chavez Center professor to be promoted to tenure - July 1, 1999; was Associate Director of the Chicano Studies Research Center (2002-2004); and Interim Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Studies Program (2000-2001).

Alicia is also a well-published scholar and one fo the preeminent Chicana lesbian scholars that revolutionized the genre in the late-1980s and 1990s. Her publications can be found in many of the anthologies by Chicana scholars. Among us Chicano(a) writers, her essay "Literary Wetback" has gain great fame.

Giving back the world (M.A. Creative Writing Thesis),
Dissertation: "Mi Casa [No] Es Su Casa": The Cultural Politics of the Chicano Art: Resistance and Affirmation, 1965-1985, Exhibit. Awarded Ralph Henry Gabriel Award for Best Dissertation in American Studies, 1994.
Three Times a Woman: Chicana Poetry (Bilingual Rev/Press)
Mystery of Survival and other stories (Bilingual Press)
Chicano Art: Inside/Outside the MasterÂ’s House (Bilingual Press),
Sor JuanaÂ’s Second Dream (UNM Press)
Velvet Barrios: Popular Culture and Chicana/o Sexualities (Palgrave MacMillan ISBN: 1403960968), 2002
La Llorona on the Longfellow Bridge: Poetry Y Otras Movidas, 1985-2001, 2003
Desert Blood: The Juarez Murders (Arte Público Press 2005)

Alicia's blog

Reviews of Desert Blood
My San Antonio.com
El Paso Times
San Antonio Current

There are many more reviews of Alicia's latest novel as well as some of her other books. Google them!

The link I share with you today is:
Resistencia Bookstore

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