Our Bodies, Our Souls: Documenting Trans Latina Lives

Claudia Rodriguez was awarded a grant by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs for the “Our Bodies, Our Souls(working title),” literary project which involves the documentation of the lives of transgender Latinas 18 years of age and older who live in the city of Los Angeles.

In collaboration with the hosting organization, Bienestar Human Services Inc., up to 20 transgender Latinas will be recruited to participate in “OBOS” creative writing workshops. I will be working collaboratively with Mariana Marroquin to lead creative writing exercise for participants that entail the exploration of their biographies. One piece of creative writing per participant will be published in an “OBOS” compilation chapbook. The chapbook will be distributed to audience members, for a small donation, at culminating public events.

Claudia Rodriguez reading her work in front of an audience.

The donations from the chapbook will then be used by the hosting agency to continue to publish more copies of the chapbook. Most importantly, the publication of chapbook will address the scarcity of literary work created by and for transgender Latinas.

Please support this exciting project by participating in the workshops yourself or referring and encouraging women to participate. E-mail claudial_rodriguez@yahoo.com if you have any questions.

Claudia Rodríguez, is a writer/performer from Compton, she received her MFA in creative writing from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Her work has appeared in Baby Remember My Name: An Anthology of New Queer Girl Writing. Edited by Michelle Tea. Caroll and Graf 2006, Blithe House Quarterly Fall 2005, Chicana/Latina Studies: the journal of MALCS Fall 2004 Issue, Trepan, Tongues Magazine, The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Latino Arts Anthology, and Westwind: a Journal of Critical Studies out of UCLA. Claudia received an Emerging Lesbian Writer award from the Astraea Foundation in 2001. She has taught at Loyola Marymount University and UCLA and is a founding member of Butchlalis de Panochtitlan (BdP) is a sketch-driven performance/ installation/video ensemble. Her first collection of poetry “Everybody’s Bread” will be published by Korima Press in the Fall 2014.

 Check out more of Claudia’s work



Collabos: Check out http://www.butchlab.com/butchlalis-de-panochtitlan/ www.Annapsutton.com Anna P. Sutton Mistress/Visual Artists http://www.lesbiatopia.com/2008/10/butchlalis-de-panochtitlan-dissect.html

Sites where my work has been published:

Pomona Valley Review: Volume 6 http://www.pomonavalleyreview.com/pdf/PVR%206/PVR%206.pdf

Blithe House Quarterly: http://www.blithe.com/bhq9.4/9.4.10.html


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