Chicana Portraits: Critical Biographies of Twelve Chicana Writers

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About the Author

Norma E. Cantú is a scholar-activist who currently serves as the Murchison Professor of the Humanities at Trinity University. She is founder and director of the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa and has published fiction, poetry, and personal essays, including the award-winning novels Canícula and Cabañuelas.

Raquel Valle-Sentíes, an artist, poet, and playwright, was born and raised in Laredo, Texas. Her poetry has been published widely, and she has authored four full-length plays and three one-act plays. Valle-Sentíes has also won numerous awards for her oil paintings in state and international competitions.


"Chicana Portraits beautifully links Raquel Valle-Sentíes's portraits of twelve amazing Chicana writers with their critical biographies, focusing on their growth as artists, writers, activists, feminists, social justice warriors. This collection demonstrates the power of the written word and visual culture as Chicana feminist praxis."--C. Alejandra Elenes, author of Transforming Borders: Chicana/o Popular Culture and Pedagogy

"This collection gives an excellent overview of writers who have been highly instrumental in putting Chicana letters on the larger U.S. literary map."--T. Jackie Cuevas, author of Post-Borderlandia: Chicana Literature and Gender Variant Critique