CATHY ARELLANO is a Queer Xicana who’s haunted by and obsessed with writing about growing up in her large, working class, Mexican family and the rest of San Francisco’s Mission District community. Some of Arellano’s work has been or will be published in Feminist Formations (upcoming), Huizache (upcoming), Malpaís Review, The Más Tequila Review, Turtle Island to Abya Yala: A Love Anthology of Art and Poetry by Native American and Latina Women, Chicana Lesbians: The Girls Our Mothers Warned Us About, Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sounds: The Teachers of WritersCorps in Poetry and Prose, El Tecolote, Cipactli, La Voz, La Bloga, and Duke City Fix. She has been awarded the Hispanic Writer Award for the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference, a Literary Arts Grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission, and a Literary Arts Award for the Serpent Source Foundation for Women Artists.
Arellano teaches Developmental English at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque. Occasionally, she teaches Creative Writing in the Chicana and Chicano Studies Program at the University of New Mexico. As much as she loves teaching in the classroom, she’s very happy to facilitate groups in the community, such as “Fact, Fiction, and Funk: A Writing Workshop for Women of Color” at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
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