Publications

 
 

Article Excerpt:

“I sit around and listen to these immigrant moms and think of my own; she who left a whole world behind for fear of dying with me in her womb. My father bewitched two women. One was his angry wife with three children and another baby on the way, the other was my mother. When my father’s wife realized I was sprouting inside my mom’s womb she showed up with a shotgun at my mom’s job and wanted us dead. My half siblings stoned my mom’s car and grandmother’s house. They knew everything about us: where we lived, how we lived, where everyone worked. So my mom, the “other woman,” packed our bags, pulled me from my grandmother’s nurturing arms and fled to the United States.”


Article Excerpt:

“To my surprise, the land still didn't feel like home without him here. I had romanticized belonging to the earth that gave birth to me: Mexico Lindo! without my father’s shadow being cast across all of my beautiful tierra. “Don’t I deserve to exist in Mexico without family trauma embracing me too?” I would often think. I imagined the pillage: voyaging through the desert the same way mami did to leave Mexico. I longed to return because I couldn't without self-deporting. I was undocumented for twenty years of my life. I have never been a citizen of the United States, and I have never lived in Mexico as a rightful citizen, because my home is not there.”