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

Octavio Romano

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Gloria Lopez-Stafford

Lopez-Stafford's book A Place in El Paso: A Mexican-American Childhood became one of the most used book in Chicano(a) lit classes across the country. Lopez-Stafford is a retired social worker. The book tells the experiences of a young girl in El Paso's Segundo Barrio and Five Point area. It contains aspects of reverse assimulation and whiticanismo. I don't know much about Lopez-Stafford and I don't know of any books that she has come out with since. I always recall the passage in her book, "When it rains in El Paso, there is the most wonderful smell in the world.”