“Why am I compelled to write?… Because the world I create in the writing compensates for what the real world does not give me. By writing I put order in the world, give it a handle so I can grasp it. I write because life does not appease my appetites and anger… To become more intimate with myself and you. To discover myself, to preserve myself, to make myself, to achieve self-autonomy. To dispell the myths that I am a mad prophet or a poor suffering soul. To convince myself that I am worthy and that what I have to say is not a pile of shit… Finally I write because I’m scared of writing, but I’m more scared of not writing.”
I made this piece shortly after starting graduate school. The work of Gloria Anzaldúa speaks to my own identity as a Chicana and immigrant. Gloria wrote about her own borders, inside and outside of herself. I felt inspired to create this piece in order to use it as the centerpiece for my own personal altar, dedicated to her.
Works by the Author
- Interviews/Entrevistas with AnaLouise Keating, ed. (2000)
- La Prieta (1997)
- Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza (1987)
- Prietita and the Ghost Woman / Prietita y La Llorona (1996)
- Friends from the Other Side / Amigos del otra lado (1993)
- Prietita Has a Friend / Prietita tiene un Amigo (1991)
- Lloronas, Women Who Howl: Autohistorias-Torias and the Production of Writing, Knowledge, and Identity. 1996. withMoraga, Cherrie, eds. This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. Massachussets: Persephone Press, 1981.
- Making Face, Making Soul/Hacieno Caras: Creative and Critical Perspectives by Women of Color. San Francisco: Aunt Lute, 1990.
- Cassell’s Encyclopedia of Queer Myth, Symbol and Spirit: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Lore. London, Herdon, VA :Cassell Academic, 1998.
Works about the Author
- Alarcín, Norma. “Anzaldías Frontera: Inscribing Gynetics. “ Chicana Feminisms: A Critical Reader. Ed. Gabriela F. Arredondo, Aida Hurado, Norma Klahn, Olba Nijera-Ramirez, and Patricia Zavella. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2003.
- Aldama, Arturo J. Disrupting Savagism: Intersecting Chicana/o, Mexican Immigrant, and Native American Struggles for Self-Representation. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2001.
- Barnard, Ian. “Gloria Anzaldua’s Queer Mestisaje. “ MELUS: The Journal of the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 22 (1997): 35-53.
- Blom, Gerdien. “Divine Individuals, Cultural Identities: Post-Identitarian Representations and Two Chicana/o Texts. “Thamyris: Mythmaking from Past to Present 4 (1997): 295-324.
- Branche, Jerome. “Anzaldua: El ser y la nacion. ” Entorno 34 (1995): 39-44.
- Concannon, Kevin. “The Contemporary Space of the Border: Gloria Anzaldua’s Borderlands and William Gibson’s Neuromancer. “ Textual Practice 12 (1998): 429-42.
- Dizon, Terrell. “Forum on Literatures of the Environment. “ PMLA 114 (1999): 1903-4.
- Fowlkes, Diane. “Moving from Feminist Identity Politics to Coalition Politics through a Feminist Materialist Standpoint of Intersubjectivity in Gloria Anzaldua’s Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza. “ Hypatia 12 (1997): 105-24.
- Gagnier, Regenia. “Review Essay: Feminist Autobiography in the 1980′s. “ Feminist Studies 17 (1991): 135-139.
- Hall, Lynda. “Writing Selves Home at the Crossroads: Anzaldua and Chrystos (re) Configure Lesbian Bodies. “ Ariel30 (1999): 99-117.
- Hedley, Jane. “Nepantilist Poetics: Narrative and Cultural Identity in the Mixed-Language Writings of Irena Klepfisz and Gloria Anzaldua. “ Narrative 4 (1996): 36-54.
- Ikas, Karin Rosa. Chicana Ways: Conversations with Ten Chicana Writers. Reno, NV: U of Nevada P, 2002.
- Kaup, Monika. “Constituting Hybridity as Hybrid: Métis Canadian and Mexican American Formations. ” Mixing Race, Mixing Culture: Inter-American Literary Dialogues. Ed. Monika Kaup and Debra J. Rosenthal. Austin, TX: U of Texas P, 2002.
- Keating, AnaLouise. “Myth Smashers, Myth Makers: (Re) Visionary Techniques in the Works of Paula Gunn Allen, Gloria Anzaldua, and Audre Lorde. “ Critical Essays: Gay and Lesbian Writers of Color. Ed. Emmanuel S. Nelson. New York: Haworth, 1993. 73-95.
- —. “Writing Politics, and las Lesberadas: Platicando con Gloria Anzaldua. “ Frontiers 14 (1993): 105-129.
- —. Women Reading Women Writing: Self-Invention in Paula Gunn Allen, Gloria Anzaldua and Audre Lorde. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1996.
- —, ed. Gloria E. Anzaldua: Interviews/Entrevistas. New York, NY: Routledge, 2000.
- Lomeli, Francisco and Carl Shirley, eds. Dictionary of Literary Biography, Chicano Writers. Detroit: Gale Research, 1992.
- Lopez, Iraida H. “Autobiographical Narratives in Latino America: A Hemispheric Context. “ Ciberletras 7 (2002).
- Lugones, Maria. “On Borderlands/La Frontera: An Interpretive Essay. “ Hypatia 7 (1992): 31-37.
- Murphy, Patrick. “Grandmother Borderland: Placing Identity and Ethnicity. “ Isle: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 1 (1993): 35-41.
- Oliver Rotger, Ma Antonia. ‘Sangre Fértil’/Fertile Blood: Migratory Crossings, War and Healing in Gloria Anzaldua’s Borderlands/La Frontera. “ Dressing Up for War: Transformations of Gender and Genre in the Discourse and Literature of War. Ed. Aranzazu Usandizaga and Andrew Monnickendam. Rodopi Perspectives on Modern Literature 24. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Rodopi, 2001.
- Perles Rochel, Juan Antonio. “Revisiting the Borderlands: A Critical Reading of Gloria Anzaldua’s Borderlands/La Frontera: Towards a New Mextiza. “ Evolving Origins, Transplanting Cultures: Literary Legacies of the New Americas. Ed. Laura P. Alonso Gallo and Antonia Dominguez Miguela. Hulva, Spain: Universidad de Huelva, 2002.
- Ramos, Juanita. “Gloria E. Anzaldua. “ Contemporary Lesbian Writers of the United States: a bio-bibliographical sourcebook. Eds. Sandra Pollack and Denise D. Knight. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1993. 19-25.
- Steele, Cassie Premo. We Heal from Witness: Sexton, Lourde, Anzaldua, and the Poetry of Witness. New York: Palgrave, 2000.
- Torres, Lourdes and Inmaculada Pertusa, eds. Tortilleras: Hispanic and U.S. Latina Lesbian Expression. Philadelphia, PA: Temple UP, 2003.
- Wright, Melissa. “Maquiladora Mestizas and a Feminist Border Politics: Revisiting Anzaldua. “ Hypatia 13 (1998): 114-131.
- Yarbro-Bejarano, Yvonne. “Gloria Anzaldua’s Borderlands/La Frontera: Cultural Studies, ‘Difference,’ and the Non-Unitary Subject. “ Cultural Critique. 28 (1994): 5-28.