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Linda Rader Overman is still proud of that poem from 1991 that expresses much of what was and what is

I published this poem back in 1991---how little I knew that much of it would remain so relevant in my life-still.   Thank you Bombshelter Pr...

Friday, March 25, 2022

Aunt Lute Books helped me honor Gloria Anzaldua's contribution to ground breaking scholarship

auntlute We love seeing the reach Borderlands/La Frontera has had in the world! Linda Rader Overman cited Gloria AnzaldĂșa's work in their thesis. Have you used any Aunt Lute books in your work? Let us know! We'd love to share. 

 "We love seeing the reach Borderlands/La Frontera has had in the world! Linda Rader Overman cited Gloria AnzaldĂșa's work in their thesis. Have you used any Aunt Lute books in your work? Let us know! We'd love to share.

Linda Overman also shared some words on Anzaldua's influence in her work:

"Watching Gloria Anzaldua speak to a large audience of many hundreds at California State University, Northridge cemented the value of her brilliant Borderlands/La Frontera for me.  This must have been around 1999/2000 or 2001 (I am not certain) but I was riveted by the power of this tiny woman.  She spoke with such authority about una herida abierta, that wound that exists of being caught between two cultures.
I felt a similar wound that day--as I am Mexican on my mother's side and Caucasian on my dad's side. Similar to the conflict of physical and psychological borders Anzaldua spoke of with its furious features of hatred and anger --drove my parents to divorce as they were never able to straddle either.
The power of that wound drove me to complete my first Master's thesis Weaving the Fabric of Myself with a similar fury.  Anzaldua talked about the work she was endeavoring to weave into her own PhD work as I recall.  She showed slides of her imagery expounding on this work.  She apologized about not being a great artist as the images looked like little stick figures.  That did not matter however. Her impact gave me the incentive to weave my thesis with a collection of threads that made up the entire fabric of my life as the geography of Anzaldua's life cemented the strength of her own hybrid existence. I am forever grateful."

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