Alejandro Murguía BOX
A Divisadero interview with Alejandro Murguía, Poet Laureate of San Francisco.
Mujeres y literatura BOX
Claribel Alegría writes about the challenges women writers face. Should literary language be androgynous?  Claribel Alegría opina sobre los retos que enfrentan las mujeres escritoras. ¿El lenguaje literario debe ser andrógino? 
Patriotic Stupidity
Jimmy Santiago Baca reflects on the politics of war, greed, racism, and poverty in the U.S.
The Lake BOX
For Demetria Martínez, writing fiction can be an act of resistance. Stories can bear witness to injustice, rally us to fight oppression, and inspire us to imagine better ways of being in the world.
I Am a Chicana BOX
USF Senior Alicia Díaz-Infante discusses the clash of ideologies presented by Latinism and Anglo-Saxonism, and the concept of Latinos as a "cosmic race.”
Machismo BOX
Graduate student and photographer René Vargas-Zamora shows us how machismo is seen, heard, and felt, pretty much everywhere, but is not a trivial issue.
Nation of Immigrants
Roxanne Dumbar-Ortiz explores why the concept of the U.S. as a "nation of immigrants" is a myth.
La Zumba BOX
What is the future of zumba? A Divisadero interview with zumba creator Beto Pérez.  ¿Cuál será el futuro de la zumba? Divisadero entrevista a su creador Beto Pérez.
El Solista BOX
Sergio Ramírez reflects on education, culture, and democracy as key elements in the development of Latin American countries.  Sergio Ramírez reflexiona sobre educación, cultura, y democracia como elementos claves en el desarrollo de los países Latinoamericanos.
La Zumba BOX
Learn about the origin of zumba, the convenience to practice it, and its popularity. Entérese del origen de la zumba, las ventajas de practicarla, y su popularidad.
Instantáneas BOX
USF Senior Cindy Venerio writes about a trip to South America. Cindy Venerio escribe sobre un viaje a Suramérica.
Editorial BOX
Reaching beyond Borders
Este Mundo Box
Ernesto Cardenal reflects on theology, spirituality, evolution, and science. Ernesto Cardenal reflexiona sobre teología, espiritualidad, ciencia, y evolución.
Contributors BOX
Check out the contributors page to see the people behind this edition of Divisadero.

Welcome to Divisadero

“Divisadero” is a Spanish word derived from divisar (to discern). It refers to a place of high elevation from which one can view an extensive area. “Divisadero” is also a street that marked the boundary between the City of San Francisco and The Presidio. According to some sources, the original Spanish name for Lone Mountain was “El Divisadero.”

This is what we strive to accomplish with Divisadero, a collaborative publication of the Latin American Studies Program.  With the unique perspective afforded to us by the city in which we live, we attempt to truly see our surroundings. To discover or recognize, with curious eyes and open minds, people, cultural events, social phenomena, and general affairs related to the Latino community of San Francisco, of the Bay Area, of the United States, and of Latin America.  We reach beyond the clouds that obscure our view and contemplate the horizon from our lone mountain. In English and Spanish.




Divisadero reached beyond borders and invited outstanding Latin American, and Latino/Chicano and Native American writers to collaborate with us and publish their work in Divisadero along with the articles and interviews of our student staff.  We also received international collaboration from a Nicaraguan graduate student at National Taiwan University.  The scope of the present issue includes a rich variety of articles and essays made possible by erasing boundaries and joining together writers and students to present, from our Divisadero, a panoramic view of social, historical, political, cultural, literary, and theological subjects.

Divisadero ha cruzado las fronteras para invitar a destacadas personalidades de la literatura latinoamericana, y de la literatura latina/chicana y nativo americana de los Estados Unidos, a colaborar en este número y publicar sus trabajos junto con los artículos y entrevistas realizadas por estudiantes de USF, miembros del equipo de redacción de Divisadero.  Asimismo, hemos recibido la colaboración de un estudiante nicaragüense actualmente cursando una maestría en la Universidad Nacional de Taiwán.  Esta edición incluye una rica y variada selección de ensayos y artículos que, borrando fronteras, unen a los escritores y escritoras con nuestros estudiantes para presentar, desde este Divisadero, un amplio panorama de temas sobre historia, política, cultura, literatura, teología, y sociedad.