Stay strong post-election day. Here at HipLatina, we notice that often society forget that women are resilient and worthy of equal respect. Here are 5 poems by powerful Latina writers to remind you of your strength as a woman.
Women Are Not Roses by Ana Castillo
A powerful force in the literary world, Mexican-American writer Ana Castillo has written some incredible books such as The Mixquiahuala Letters and So Far From God. This poem dismantles the myth that women are delicate and mystic.
Here by Sandra María Esteves
Puerto Rican-Dominican and Bronx-born poet Sandra María Esteves is one of the founders of the Nuyorican movement. She has published six collections of poetry and done literary programs at the Caribbean Cultural Center and El Museo del Barrio. Here is a poem about dual identity.
Abuelas by Diane de Anda
Chicana writer Diane de Anda from Los Angeles has had her poetry published in the Chicano journal El Grito, written three bilingual image books and three collections of short fiction for young readers. She is a professor for the Department of Social Welfare at UCLA. Abuelas is a tribute to the author’s grandmother but also an ode to the strong older women who significantly contribute to the present and have played important roles in the past.
Where You From? by Gina Valdés
Los Angeles-native and Chicana writer Gina Valdés is a master in language, literature, and cultures, of which she has taught at the major universities in San Diego. Where you from? is about duality in nationality and identity. Valdés gives a sense of displacement but understands she is in between two identities.
Finding Home by Carolina Hospital
Cuban-born, Miami-raised poet and essayist, Carolina Hospital has written and published a novel and many stories and poems. She teaches English at the Miami-Dade Community College. Finding Home is about the author’s assimilation and comfort of home with America and the fading familiarity with her home country.