Internationally recognized cultural theorist, creative writer, and independent scholar Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa, passed away during the week of May 16, 2004 from diabetes-related complications. She was 61 years old. A versatile author, Anzaldúa published poetry, theoretical essays, short stories, autobiographical narratives, interviews, children's books, and multigenre anthologies. As one of the first openly lesbian Chicana authors, Anzaldúa played a major role in redefining contemporary Chicano/a and lesbian/queer identities. And as editor or co-editor of three multicultural anthologies, Anzaldúa has also played a vital role in developing an inclusionary feminist movement.

Anzaldúa is best known for Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza (1987), a hybrid collection of poetry and prose which was named one of the 100 Best Books of the Century by both Hungry Mind Review and Utne Reader.  Her  published works also include This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (1981), co-edited with Cherríe Moraga, a ground-breaking collection of essays and poems widely recognized by scholars as the premiere multicultural feminist text; Making Face, Making Soul/Haciendo Caras: Creative and Critical Perspectives by Feminists-of-Color (1990), a multigenre collection used in many university classrooms; two bilingual children's books--Friends from the Other Side/Amigos del otro lado (1993) and Prietita and the Ghost Woman/ Prietita y la Llorona (1995); the foreword to the Encyclopedia of Queer Myth, Symbol and Spirit (by R. Conner, D. Sparks, and M. Sparks, 1996); Interviews/Entrevistas (2000), a memoir-like collection of interviews; and this bridge we call home: radical visions for transformation (2002), a co-edited collection (with AnaLouise Keating) of essays, poetry, and artwork that examines the current status of feminist/womanist theorizing. Anzaldúa has won numerous awards, including the Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award, the Lambda Lesbian Small Book Press Award, an NEA Fiction Award, the Lesbian Rights Award, the Sappho Award of Distinction, an NEA (National endowment for the Arts) Fiction Award, and the American Studies Association Lifetime Achievement Award.

Anzaldúa was born in the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas in 1942, the eldest child of Urbano and Amalia Anzaldúa. She received her B.A. from Pan American University, her M.A. from University of Texas, Austin, and was completing her doctorate at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  She was within weeks of completing her dissertation and was planning to publish volumes of poems and short stories in the near future. A profoundly spiritual person whose grandmother was a curandera (traditional healer), she was devoted to la Virgen de Guadalupe, Nahuatl/Toltec divinities, and to the Yoruba orishás Yemayá and Oshún, to whom she had been introduced by Luisah Teish. Although she was deeply concerned with cultural identities, she resented labels and would fly out of any box in which others sought to trap her. Exemplary of her fiercely independent spirit were her insistence on the acceptance of bisexuality and her deep friendships with gay men and transpeople.

Gloria is survived by her mother, Amalia, her sister, Hilda, and two brothers: Urbano Anzaldúa, Jr. and Oscar Anzaldúa; five nieces, three nephews, eighteen grandnieces and grandnephews, a multitude of aunts and uncles, and many close friends.

--AnaLouise Keating and Randy Connor

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Gloria's sister Hilda and co-editor AnaLouise Keating have established The Gloria Anzaldúa Memorial Fund. Funds will be used for funeral-related expenses and to establish a legacy in Gloria's name. If you'd like to contribute, you can send a check to the Gloria Anzaldúa Memorial Fund, Elsa State Bank, PO Box 397, Elsa, TX 78543.

Web altar
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Memorials


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UT Austin community plans two-day tribute to Gloria's life and legacy, October 22-23

Remembering Gloria Anzaldua
AnaLouise Keating

Esperanza Center, San Antonio

"Gloria Anzaldua, presente!" Xispas.com webzine, Los Angeles

VivaGloria page by Belinda Acosta

News Discussion

Yolanda Chavez Leyva, "Latina's Legacy," El Paso Times

Patrisia Gonzales & Roberto Rodriguez on "The Crossing of Gloria Anzaldua"

C.S. Soong remembers Gloria in a radio tribute with Ines Hernandez-Avila and AnaLouise Keating at KPFA Berkeley on June 23 (audio here)

Chicago Public Radio. Ray Salazar offers a lovely tribute to Gloria in his talk on Latina/o representation

KPFK, Los Angeles. Aura Bogado interviews professor Analouise Keating and artist Judy Baca about Anzaldúa's life and work

SF Bay Area Indymedia

Queering Diabetes

National Public Radio, Latino USA. Maria Hinojosa speaks with Sandra Cisneros and Denise Chavez about Gloria (audiolink).

KPFA, San Francisco.  Betita Martinez on Gloria's life and work.

Chronicle, San Francisco

Feminist Majority Foundation obit

Sentinel, Santa Cruz, California

Contra Costa Times, California

The Monitor, McAllen, Texas

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Gloria's bio at Classicdykes.com

Gloria's books at aunt lute press

A recent interview with Gloria in MELUS (MultiEthnic Lit of U.S.)

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Past events

SF Public Library commemorates Gloria, 3pm, Sat., Sept. 25, Main Branch, 100 Larkin @Grove,
Koret Auditorium.

SF Women's Building held a public memorial 10 am, Sunday, June 13, 3543 18th St, SF (415) 431-1180 ext.11

Gloria Anzaldúa, reconocida teórica cultural y escritora, falleció el 15 de mayo a los 61 años debido a complicaciones derivadas de su diabetes. 

Nació en 1942 en el Valle del Río Grande en el sur de Texas. Se doctoró en la Universidad de California, en Santa Cruz y recibió numerosos premios. Fue una autora versátil que publicó poesía, ensayos teóricos, cuentos cortos, narrativas autobiográficas, entrevistas, libros para chic@s y diversas antologías. Como una de las primeras autoras declarada lesbiana y chicana, jugó un importante papel en la redefinición de las identidades queer, lesbiana y chicana contemporáneas, como así también en el desarrollo de un movimiento feminista inclusivo que se manisfestó en sus diferentes obras. Entre sus trabajos más influyentes y conocidas se destaca la antología: Borderlands / La Frontera: The New Mestiza (1987). Voces de mujeres tercermundistas en los Estados Unidos (1981 en inglés, 1988 en castellano), una colección de textos feministas multiculturalista. Making Face, Making Soul/Haciendo caras: Creative and Critical Perspectives by Feminist-of-Color (1990), es una colección de textos muy usados en el nivel universitario.

La obra publicada de Anzaldúa también incluye Este Puente que se llama Mi Espalda: Escritos de Mujeres de Color Radicales (1981), coeditado con Cherríe Moraga, una provocadora colección de ensayos y poemas, ampliamente reconocida por los estudiosos como el primer gran texto feminista multicultural; dos libros infantiles bilingües: Amigos del Otro Lado (1993) y Prietita y La Llorona (1995); Entrevistas (2000), una colección de entrevistas a modo de memoria; y Este Puente que llamamos Hogar: visiones radicales para la transformación (2002), una colección de ensayos, poesía y arte que examina el estado actual de la teoría feminista/mujerista, de la que fué co-editora. Anzaldúa ganó numerosos premios, entre ellos el premio al Mejor Libro Americano de la Fundación Antes de Colón, el Premio Lambda al Pequeño Libro Lésbico, un premio de Ficción del Fondo Nacional para las Artes, el premio a los Derechos Lésbicos, el premio Safo y el premio a la Trayectoria de Vida de la Asociación de Estudios Americanos.

Gloria es sobrevivido por su madre, Amalia; su hermana, Hilda; dos hermanos: Urbano Anzaldúa, Jr. y Oscar Anzaldúa; cinco sobrinas, tres sobrinos, dieciocho grandnieces y grandnephews, una multiplicidad de tías y tíos, y muchas amigas y amigos.

Trad. y edición para RIMA de FEAST-list 17/05/04: Ana M. Bach; y para Safo Piensa de LART (lista Lesbianas en las Artes): Diana Mines.

 

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Hermana de Gloria, Hilda y co-editor AnaLouise Keating han establecido un Fondo Memorial para Gloria Anzaldua.   Se usan el fondo para expensos funerales y para establecer un legacy en nombre de Gloria.  Si le permite, se puede mandar un cheque al Gloria Anzaldúa Memorial Fund, Elsa State Bank, PO Box 397, Elsa, TX 78543.

 




 

Work by Gloria Anzaldua

With AnaLouise Keating.  Interviews/Entrevistas.  New York: Routledge, 2000.

With AnaLouise Keating. this bridge we call home: radical visions for transformation. New York: Routledge, 2002.

Prietita and the Ghost Woman/ Prietita y la Llorona. San Francisco: Children's Book Press, 2001.

Friends from the Other Side / Amigos del Otro Lado. San Francisco: Children's Book Press, 1993.

"Ms. Right, My True Love, My Soul Mate." Lesbian Love Stories, Volume 2. Ed. Zahava. Freedom, CA: The Crossing Press, 1991. 184-188.

Prietita Has a Friend (1991).

"She Ate Horses." Lesbian Philosophies and Cultures. Ed. Allen. Albany: NY: State University of New York Press, 1990. 371-388.

"La historia de una marimacha." 1989.

Making Face, Making Soul/Haciendo Caras: Creative and Critical Perspectives by Feminists of Color (San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books, 1990)

Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza (SF: Spinsters/Aunt lute Press, 1987).

"People Should Not Die in June in South Texas." 1985.

"El Paisano is a Bird of Good Omen." 1982.

With Cherrie Moraga, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings By Radical Women of Color (San Francisco: Kitchen Table Press, 1981).

 

 

 

 
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