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Sad sad sad news....

Internationally recognized cultural theorist and creative writer, Gloria

Evangelina Anzaldúa, passed away on May 15 from diabetes-related

complications. She was 61 years old. A versatile author, Anzaldúa published

poetry, theoretical essays, short stories, autobiographical narratives,

interviews, children's books, and multigenre anthologies. As one of the

first openly lesbian Chicana authors, Anzaldúa played a major role in

redefining contemporary Chicano/a and lesbian/queer identities. And as

editor or co-editor of three multicultural anthologies, Anzaldúa has also

played a vital role in developing an inclusionary feminist movement.

Anzaldúa is best known for Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza (1987),

a hybrid collection of poetry and prose which was named one of the 100 Best

Books of the Century by both Hungry Mind Review and Utne Reader. Anzaldúa's

published works also include This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical

Women of Color (1981), a ground-breaking collection of essays and poems

widely recognized by scholars as the premiere multicultural feminist text;

Making Face, Making Soul/Haciendo Caras: Creative and Critical Perspectives

by Feminists-of-Color (1990), a multigenre collection used in many

university classrooms; two bilingual children's books--Friends from the

Other Side/Amigos del otro lado (1993) and Prietita and the Ghost Woman/

Prietita y la Llorona (1995); Interviews/Entrevistas (2000), a memoir-like

collection of interviews; and this bridge we call home: radical visions for

transformation (2002), a co-edited collection of essays, poetry, and artwork

that examines the current status of feminist/womanist theorizing. Anzaldúa

has won numerous awards, including the Before Columbus Foundation American

Book Award, the Lamda Lesbian Small Book Press Award, an NEA Fiction Award,

the Lesbian Rights Award, the Sappho Award of Distinction, an NEA (National

endowment for the Arts) Fiction Award, and the American Studies Association

Lifetime Achievement Award.

Anzaldúa was born in the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas in 1942, the

eldest child of Urbano and Amalia Anzaldúa. She received her B.A. from Pan

American University, her M.A. from University of Texas, Austin, and was

completing her doctorate at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is

survived by her mother, Amalia, her sister, Hilda, and two brothers: Urbano

Anzaldúa, Jr. and Oscar Anzaldúa; five nieces, three nephews, eighteen

grandnieces and grandnephews, a multitude of aunts and uncles, and many

close friends. A public memorial will be planned at a later date.

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