“on the occasion of your first publication: may [this] remind you always of the strength of your writing gifts— your writing is a lion—powerful and filled with grace. And your contributions to the arts will be as unique and as useful as was Frida’s.

—Con amor y esperanzas en tu futuro, Carmen Tafolla

I am grateful to my dear friend and mentor, Carmen Tafolla, for her ever present literary curanderismo. Her reassuring words and editing magic led me to my first submission and publication. She continues to support me as I grow and develop as a poet, educator, and cultural activist.

I am currently working on a collection of poetry that explores the repressive denigration of racial, sexual and personal value in patriarchal religion and society. Based on my own perceptions, my poetry utilizes the metaphors of traditional Catholicism and caste-level colonialism, to break free from painful traditions and to reveal hidden oppression. 

AKA Génoa Yáñez-Alaniz  

is the co-creator of Loving, Grieving, & Surviving /Chicanas Read the Poetry of Healing and co-founder of Welcome: A Poetry Declaration, San Antonio, Texas’ city-wide celebration for World Refugee Day. Her latest and forthcoming publications are included in The Journal of Latina Critical Feminism, Cutthroat: Puro Chicanx Writers of the 21st Century, Cloud Woman’s Quarterly Journal, Rogue Agent Journal, I sing: The Body by Flower Song Press, Boundless 2021: The Anthology of the Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival, the Mom Egg Review, and more. She was named a finalist for the Kallisto Gaia Press Julia Darling Memorial Poetry Prize. And, she is the authorized biographer of Carmen Tafolla.

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