In this long-awaited book, writers validate the many Raza realities—individual and shared—locating humor, history, critical analysis, and rootedness in place in response to limiting narratives imposed from outside. What do we do, and what do we achieve even as the going gets systematically blocked?
This explorative collection resounds as a first-hand account of experiences and visions that offer powerful responses to such questions, found in the diverse writings of Kathleen Alcalá, Juan Alvarado Valdivia, Carmen Baca, Norma Burgos-Vázquez, Vanessa Caraveo, poet Robert René Galván, Nisé Guzmán Nekheba, Ernest Hogan, Maria Nieto, Matthew Olivas, Violeta Orozco, Álvaro Ramírez, Edel Romay, Dionisio Salazar, David Vela and Rosa Martha Villarreal. Together, engaging a variety of genres, each of the contributors enables the reader to shatter the lens that corporate media has superimposed over Raza narratives, and reclaim the storylines. In doing so, la Raza's own reality shines forth in ways that only Raza writers can illuminate.
Our Creative Realidades presents provocative and revealing insights, frameworks, and understandings, creating imaginative space for change, speaking directly to the many complex realities of Raza.
The unique writings in this anthology convey a perspective of la Raza that is distinctive because it captures our legacy from the past, and our vision of the future: a bright future in which Raza not only exist, but thrive. It is our creative reality at work.