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Spotlight Latina/Latino Literature
Latina Lesbian Literature is a vibrant literary tradition that has grown rapidly since the mid-1980s and enjoyed considerable critical attention, but the number of contributors to Gay Male Latino Literature has remained curiously small.
  Gloria AnzalduaGloria Anzaldúa (1942-2004), an American Latina lesbian editor and writer, co-edited This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, which was published in 1981. It was the first collective, systematic, and widely publicized work to feature the voices of feminists of color in the United States.  
  Jaime Manrique (b. 1949) is a Colombian-born writer who came to international attention in 1992 with the publication of Latin Moon in Manhattan. The novel paints a vivid picture of a gay man's life and identities in New York City's Colombian community.  
  Cherrie MoragaCherríe Moraga (b. 1952) is a Chicana lesbian writer and editor who sees women of color as revolutionary forces who bridge cultural divides. Moraga criticizes male-identified Chicano culture for silencing Chicanas; she has also participated in a successful movement to encourage the acceptance of writers of color as significant contributors to American lesbian literature.  
  Michael NavaMichael Nava (b. 1954) is best known for his seven-novel mystery series featuring gay Chicano lawyer Henry Rios. He has enjoyed increasing recognition as an important novelist whose mature work transcends the limited expectations of the popular and highly specialized mystery genre.  
  Sheila Ortiz-TaylorSheila Ortiz-Taylor (b. 1939) is a prolific writer and respected teacher who has bracketed her career with groundbreaking achievements. Experts consider Faultline (1982), her debut novel, the first to feature a lesbian Chicana protagonist; and in retirement she and her partner won a legal battle to have their relationship recognized by a Florida retirement community.  
  John RechyJohn Rechy (b. 1934) draws on his own experience as a hustler in City of Night (1963), Numbers (1967), and several other novels. Though he derides the designation "gay writer" and has written several novels unrelated to gay life, he will most likely be remembered as a brutal and lyrical chronicler of the pre-Stonewall sexual underworld.  
  Richard RodriguezRichard Rodriguez (b. 1944) is a Mexican-American essayist and memoirist who may be the most widely read Latino American author. His description of himself as a "morose homosexual" rather than a gay one and his criticism of affirmative action and bilingual education reflect his frequently controversial indifference to political correctness.  
  Alex SanchezAlex Sanchez (b. 1957) is a youth and family counselor and an immigrant from Mexico. His unique background has helped make him an important voice in today's young adult glbtq literature canon. Though his work has achieved critical acclaim, several conservative groups have tried to prevent the young people for whom it is written from seeing it. Some have succeeded.  
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