MUJERES QUE ESCRIBEN™, a Latina writers’ group, was founded in 1991 by playwright and poet, Silviana Wood, and a small group of writers. The group began by meeting in each other’s kitchens where the rich aroma of frijoles or caldo on the stove nurtured countless works of poetry and prose. Some of these endeavors have since been published as individual works.
You can find them in Cantos Al Sexto Sol (Wings Press); Southwestern Women New Voices (Javelina Press); Concrete Wolf (Amherst, New Hampshire); Sandscript (Pima College); Sahuaro Journal (University of Arizona); Poder (Hunter College); Full Moon Rising (Code Switcher Press); Cutthroat, A Journal of the Arts; Spiral Orb; The Drunken Boat; and This Piece of Earth (University of Arizona).
MUJERES QUE ESCRIBEN™ members have read at many venues including the University of Arizona Poetry Center, the UA Chicano/Hispano Student Affairs, National Hispanic Women’s Conference, Raices Taller Gallery, KXCI community radio, the Tucson Poetry Crawl, Tucson Festival of Books and Tumamoc Hill.
Silviana Wood is a professional bilingual actor, playwright, director, and storyteller. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona and has written over 25 plays which have been produced in Arizona, Texas, California, and New York. Locally, she is most known for her portrayal of Doña Chona, a feisty community activist/critic on “Reflexiones” for KUAT-TV. She recently completed her novel, La Quinta Soledad, and is awaiting publication.
Valerina Quintana. Raised in a small town in southern Colorado, the childhood stories she heard growing up serve as the basis for some of her writing in: Cantos al Sexto Sol; Saguaro Journal; Concrete Wolf; Spiral Orb Five: A Poetic Inventory of Saguaro National Park; This Piece of Earth: Images and Words from Tumamoc Hill; A Literary Field Guide of the Sonoran Desert and her books of poetry, Full Moon Rising and Recalling Home: A Poetry of Remembrance. Valerina received her MA from the UA.
Maria Elena Wakamatsu is a winner of the Mary Ann Campau Fellowship, and has read her poetry and prose at numerous venues including the University of Arizona Poetry Center. Anthologized widely, she has also won several awards in recognition of her dedication as a teacher, including the 2006 Scarlet and Gray Award for Southern Arizona Teacher of the Year. She has works forthcoming from Simon Fraser University Press and University of Arizona Press.
Estella Gonzalez born and raised in East Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in Puerto del Sol and Huizache and has been anthologized in Latinos in Lotusland: An Anthology of Contemporary Southern California Literature by Bilingual Press. She received a “Special Mention” in The Pushcart Prize XXXVIII: Best of the Small Presses 2014 Edition and was selected a “Reading Notable” for The Best American Non-Required Reading 2011. http://asterixjournal.com/powder-puff-by-estella-gonzalez/
Monique Soria has been a member of Mujeres Que Escriben since 2010. Her poems are included in Spiral Orb Five: A Poetic Inventory of Saguaro National Park and in the book, “This Piece of Earth: Images and Words from Tumamoc Hill.” Monique was born and raised in Cleveland, where her father came from Bolivia to study and her mother’s family came from Belgium after World War II. Her self-description: a mix of chutzpah, joie de vivre and la creencia que somos todos una familia.
Mariel Masque. Born in Havana, Cuba, and raised in Venezuela, Mariel Masque is a poetry, fiction, fable, creative non-fiction, and non-fiction writer. Anthologized in the US and Canada, her early work explores the sensorial realm of the erotic. More recent work fuses the perceived reality, imagination, memories, and the parallel realities of dreams, out-of-body experiences, Shamanic journeys, and near death experiences. Samples of her writing are available on this website.