elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Terri de la Peña (born February 20, 1947)

Terri de la Peña, novelist, short-story writer, and fifth-generation Californian, focuses her narratives on the myriad of cultural and social issues that Chicana lesbians face, such as a search for identity, cultural assimilation, class consciousness, historical awareness, internal and external racism, and homophobia. Her writings, therefore, continue a literary tradition and treatment of themes that began with earlier Chicana writers such as Gloria Anzaldúa and Cherríe Moraga.

Terri de la Peña is the author of Margins (1992), the first Chicano lesbian novel, Latin satins (c. 1994) and Faults.

Mary Theresa de la Peña was born on 20 February 1947 in Santa Monica, California. Her father, Joaquin de la Peña, was a tire repair foreman; her mother, Juanita Escobedo, owned a beauty shop. De la Peña was educated in Santa Monica parochial schools and at Santa Monica Community College, but she is a self-taught writer. She began to write fiction as an adolescent, though her first publication, "A Saturday in August" did not appear until after her fortieth birthday.

Terri de la Peña, 1994, by Robert Giard (http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/dl_crosscollex/brbldl_getrec.asp?fld=img&id=1123986)
American photographer Robert Giard is renowned for his portraits of American poets and writers; his particular focus was on gay and lesbian writers. Some of his photographs of the American gay and lesbian literary community appear in his groundbreaking book Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Writers, published by MIT Press in 1997. Giard’s stated mission was to define the literary history and cultural identity of gays and lesbians for the mainstream of American society, which perceived them as disparate, marginal individuals possessing neither. In all, he photographed more than 600 writers. (http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/digitallibrary/giard.html)

Further Readings:

Margins by Terri De LA Pena
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Seal Pr; First Edition edition (April 1992)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1878067192
ISBN-13: 978-1878067197
Amazon: Margins

In Veronica Melendez, the novelist paints a vibrant portrait of a multidimensional young woman fully embracing her life.

More Particular Voices at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Particular Voices

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