bozalta (del adj. voz alta y el adv. bozal) 1. Am. Falta de ortografía satírica que expresa la dualidad existencial de hablar en “voz alta,” donde a su vez el sujeto parlante es consciente de su misma opresión.
is an online publication that brings artists, activists, and scholars into a collaborative space where decoloniall ways of knowing and innovative forms of knowledge production are shared as image, sound, and text.
is a location from which to speak up and speak out, a space where muzzles are removed, and untamed, wild work is given place and prominence.
features works that move fluidly across borders and in the languages of the Americas, towards social justice.
aims to cultivate conversation across disciplines, from within, beyond, and between the spheres of academia, arts, and activism.
bozalta is produced by a non-hierarchical collective of graduate students at the University of California, Los Angeles.
meet the bozalta collective
Alana de Hinojosa is a poet pursuing a dissertation in the César E Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies at UCLA. Her dissertation is concerned with histories of displacement, dispossession, diaspora, loss, return, and what these sometimes have to do with rivers, particularly the Río Grande. Her poetry has been published in Huizache, Duende, The Acentos Review, Kweli Journal, among others, and is forthcoming in The Normal School. In 2017, she received 2nd prize in Blue Mesa Review’s Poetry Contest judged by Safina Sinclair. Alana is a Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, Las Dos Brujas, and Hampshire College alum and a recipient of the 2017 Ford Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. She was raised in Davis, California.
Brenda Lara originates from Huntington Park, CA. She was raised by a strong hardworking mother who taught her the value of Feminism (without ever using the word Feminism) her upbringing influenced her to research women of color’s knowledge. After transferring from LMU, Brenda attended UCLA majoring in Philosophy and minoring in Chicana and Chicano Studies. As a Ronald E. McNair Scholar at UCLA she theorized on a phenomenon she coins epistemic unconfidence that establishes that structures of power continuously deny Latinas’ intelligence leading them to believe that they are incapable of producing “legitimate” knowledge. Through the use of Continental Philosophy, Chicana Feminism, and history she hopes to disrupt the notion that Chicanas and Latinas do not produce knowledge. As a Eugene Cota-Robles Fellow in the Cesar Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies she plans to expand her work on women of color’s knowledge. Future research ideas include applying epistemic unconfidence to Latinas in popular culture and continuing to integrate Continental and Chicana Feminist philosophies.
Isabel Coatlicue Durón, identifies as a 2nd+ generation Chicana. Raised in Montebello, CA she feels at home among artists and art spaces. Having tagged along, engaged, and been a fly on the wall at many art spaces, art talks, museums, and galleries she is happiest among those that envision and go about creating a more equitable, caring, and compassionate world. As a Ph.D. student in the Chicana/o Studies Department at UCLA she is interested in critically examining neighborhood change and gentrification.
Gabriela “Gaby” Rodriguez-Gomez is a Chicana artist and scholar born and raised in Watsonville, California. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD at UCLA in Chicana/o Studies. Her research focus involves contemporary murals, social art, as well as an interdisciplinary approach to art practice and theory. Her artwork and scholarship draws influence from her Mexican heritage and culture with a Chicana feminist perspective about identity and spirituality.
Kaelyn D. Rodríguez is an Afro-Latina from Los Angeles. She’s part PhD student, part bruja and holds master’s degrees in the History of Art and Chicana/o Studies, respectively. For her dissertation, Kaelyn is digging into the history of LA to draw connections between Black, Latina/o/x and Afro-Latina/o/x communities and art histories. When she’s not reading, writing or teaching, she’s cooking, eating or mixing magick in her kitchen.
Rosanna Simons is a queer femme performer, translator, and radical scholar from the warm waters of Miami. She is currently making her home in Los Angeles, where she is a doctoral candidate in UCLA’s César E Chávez Department of Chicanx Studies. Rose’s intention is to cultivate queer, decolonial, and community-centered research, pedagogy, and creative practice. Her work engages ideas of migration & choreographed movement, white supremacy & nationalism, surveillance, archiving & documentation, translation & adaptation, queer temporalities & performance. Rose is creator and co-editor of bozalta.
Rafael Solórzano is a proud Santanero, born and raised in Santa Ana, California. Inspired by the youth activism in the past 20 years, Rafael is interested in documenting the “queer” youth voices and spaces that have shaped educational justice and migrant rights campaigns across the United States. By exploring social justice campaigns, he wishes to outline the alternative forms of coalition building that emerged and thereby refashioning our notions of the immigrant, men and queer youth of color.