A collection of 35 bold, important, and groundbreaking essays and poems by migrants, refugees and Dreamers--including award-winning writers, artists, and activists--that illuminate what it is like living undocumented today. In the overheated debate about immigration, we often lose sight of the humanity at the heart of this divisive issue. The immigrants and refugees living precariously in the United States are mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. Individuals propelled by hope and fear, they gamble their lives on the promise of America, yet their voices are rarely heard.
During this time of political unrest and uncertainty, this anthology of essays, poetry, and art reminds us of this truth and seeks to shift the debate--now shaped by rancorous stereotypes and xenophobia--towards one rooted in humanity and justice. Through their storytelling and art, the contributors to this moving and thought-provoking book remind us that they are flesh and blood people who laugh, who cry, who rage, who dream. Transcending their current immigration status, they offer nuanced portraits of their existence before migration, the factors behind their choices, the pain of leaving their homeland, and their collective hunger for a future not defined by borders.
Going beyond border militarization, mass detention, and draconian anti-immigrant legislation, Somewhere We Are Human is a journey of memories, anecdotes, and yearnings from migrants both newly arrived to America as well as those who have been here for decades, and those who have ultimately chosen to leave. Touching on themes including race, class, gender, nationality, sexuality, politics, and reproductive rights, Somewhere We Are Human reveals how joy, hope, mourning, and perseverance can take root in the toughest soil, and bloom even in the harshest of conditions.
About the Author
Sonia Guiñansaca is an internationally acclaimed poet, culture strategist, and activist who was born in Ecuador (Kichwa-Kañari), and at the age of five, migrated to the United States to reunite with their parents in New York. Guiñansaca helped build some of the largest undocumented organizations in the U.S and co-founded some of the first artistic projects, writers retreats, and workshops for and by undocumented writers. They have been awarded residencies and fellowships from Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation, BOAAT Writer's Retreat, and the Hemispheric Institute for Performance & Politics, among others. They have performed at venues such as the Met and the Public Theater in New York City, and featured on PEN America, PBS, Interview Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Teen Vogue, and other media outlets. Sonia self-published a debut chapbook, Nostalgia and Borders, and contributed to the new edition of the ColonizeThis! Anthology and This is Not a Gun.
Reyna Grande is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. Her novel Across a Hundred Mountains received an American Book Award, and Dancing with Butterflies was the recipient of an International Latino Book Award. Reyna lives in Los Angeles.