Irene’s Touch

I have felt the touch of Maria Irene Fornés in my life for nearly three decades. The force of her plays, her students, her writing exercises, and her legend has stealthily shaped my critical and creative sensibility in fundamental and sometimes astonishing ways. Even though I never studied or worked with her. Even though I…

Silent Xmas (1996 Version)

The text below captures my first work of autobiographical storytelling, developed about fifteen years ago as part of a performance art workshop taught by Holly Hughes. The photo above is one of my Gramma Tita, with my father Richard, taken a year …

Dan Guerrero: Tending the Hybrid Histories of Chicana/o Popular Performance

Keynote remarks delivered at the public reception celebrating Dan Guerrero as the UCLA César E. Chavez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies’s “Distinguished Community Scholar” for Winter 2008.   I am privileged to stand before you this evening, invited to speak just a little about the extraordinary work of the César E. Chavez Department of…