LAtitudes: An Angeleno’s Atlas (2015)

Los Angeles! I hope these letters find you well. I just got in after some smooth rickety-rolling through the 210 freeway, and the night is ours. I’m with the InsideOUT Writers program at a juvenile camp in San Dimas through October, and while the ride up is a solid hour’s drive past mid-day heat and glaring metal, the ride back is […]

Teaching Rebellion (2008)

A book is like a grand vision, and every now and then we have the fortune to come across one so rich with life that it seems to flow right off the page and into our own world. Diana Denham and the C.A.S.A. collective’s Teaching Rebellion – Stories from the Grassroots Mobilization is one such book. In 2006, over 20,000 educators […]

Two Badges: The Lives of Mona Ruiz (1997)

I’m a child of the nineties, so maybe that explains why I seem to be so fascinated with so much of the literature from the period. Or maybe it’s just that what so many writers published during the nineties comes off the pages as being directly related to general discussions about law and order today. To be sure, Mona Ruiz’s Two […]

Making Face, Making Soul (1990)

Before time runs out, it’s a pleasure to introduce my book for the month, which will be one of the greatest literary goldmines on my shelf for a long time to come. Below is an excerpt from Making Face, Making Soul: Critical Perspectives by Women of Color: “¡LA CULTURA! ¡LA RAZA! Sometimes all it means to me is […]