Spring 2014

This Issue

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.

Another Day thumbnailAnother Day Under the Duress of Patriotic Stupidity

Jimmy Santiago Baca reflects on the politics of war, greed, racism, and poverty in the U.S.

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El Solista thumbnailEl solista y la orquesta

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.

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Este Mundo thumbnailEste mundo y otro

Ernesto Cardenal reflects on theology, spirituality, evolution, and science. Ernesto Cardenal reflexiona sobre teología, espiritualidad, ciencia, y evolución.

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I am a Chicana thumbnailI am a Chicana

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.”


Instantaneas thumbnailInstantáneas de una viajera

USF Senior Cindy Venerio writes about a trip to South America. Cindy Venerio escribe sobre un viaje a Suramérica.

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La Zumba salud y party thumbnailLa zumba: salud y party

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.

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La Zumba un EstIil de VidaLa zumba, un estilo de vida

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.

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Mujeres y literatura thumbnailMujeres y literatura

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? 

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Poetry and Art thumbnailPoetry and Art Are Inseparable from Politics

A Divisadero interview with Alejandro Murguía, Poet Laureate of San Francisco.

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Stop Saying We are a Nation of Immigrants thumbnailStop Saying This Is a Nation of Immigrants!

Roxanne Dumbar-Ortiz explores why the concept of the U.S. as a "nation of immigrants" is a myth.

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The Lake thumbnailThe Lake

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.


Machismo thumbnailWe All Lose with Machismo

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.

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