Cathy Arellano is just another Mexican lesbian poet from The Mission. In 2016, Kórima Press published Salvation on Mission Street, her memoir in poetry and prose about love and loss within her San Francisco-based family from the 1960s to the 2000s. Salvation is a finalist for the 2017 Golden Crown Literary Society’s Debut Author Award.
Arellano’s writing can be found in print and online, including As Us: A Space for Women of the World, La Bloga, Curve Magazine, Duke City Fix, El Tecolote, Feminist Formations, Huizache: The Magazine of Latino Literature, La Voz de Esperanza, Label Me Latino: Journal of Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries Latino Literary Production, The Malpaís Review, The Más Tequila Review, Poetry in Flight/Poesía en Vuelo, Poetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Justice, Sinister Wisdom: A Multicultural Lesbian Literary & Arts Journal, and Turtle Island to Abya Yala: A Love Anthology of Art and Poetry by Native American and Latina Women.
More than ten years ago, Arellano met her partner in a club and fell in love with her at an art gallery. These days, they are raising their son and trying to go to clubs and art galleries when they can stay awake.