meet the editors, volume 3
meet alana, isabel, gabriela, kaelyn, rosanna & rafael
editors of the "tierra sagrada" edition of bozalta
Alana de Hinojosa is a poet pursing 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.
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.