"Negotiating our lives, our realities, and our world has to be from the point of view of con corazón en la mano. We need the personality, the emotions, the psychology of the person involved in the struggle." – Gloria Anzaldúa
Jessica Lopez Lyman
Jessica Lopez Lyman, Ph.D. is an interdisciplinary performance artist and Xicana feminist scholar whose work centers Black, Indigenous and People of Colors’ radical imaginations to build alternative spaces to heal and cultivate new worlds. Jessica received her Ph.D. in Chicana and Chicano Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She researches Midwestern Chicana/ox and Latina/o/x experiences, social movements, and arts engagement. Jessica has published poetry and scholarship in Chicana/Latina Studies Journal, Label Me Latina/o, and Praxis: Gender and Cultural Critiques. Jessica is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Vanessa Ramos has received awards, fellowships, and grants in support of her writing from the Texas Institute of Letters and The University of Texas, The Loft Literary Center and The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Her book for young readers, Wishing on a Star with Estrella: A Diary from 2022-2023, is forthcoming in 2024 as part of the Smithsonian’s Nuestras Voces series published by Stone Arch Books. Vanessa holds an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in Education from Hamline University. She is a Lecturer in the Department of Writing Studies and in the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.