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Beyond the Folkloric: Sheryl Luna in Conversation with Cynthia Cruz, Christine Granados and Carmen Giménez Smith

Sheryl Luna asked three questions of three Latina writers—Cynthia Cruz, Christine Granados and Carmen Giménez Smith—on the state of literature and the literary publishing scene for women who happen to be Latina. Their diverse answers are a testament to the fact that Latina writers cannot be pigeonholed into one monolithic simplistic category. Latinas are writing and interacting with each other all over the country, and it is exciting. Varying aesthetic approaches are also evident. Overall, Latina presence in larger literary circles has, in Luna’s opinion, often been minimal due to a tendency of the mainstream to look to men as representative of minority voices.

Another issue that helped Luna create the three questions asked is the fact that Latina writing has often in the past been tokenized with one or two writers in the contemporary American spotlight. The questions albeit brief were meant to be open questions that allowed writers to explore what it means to be writing as a Latina in contemporary American literature.

Read The Full Interview HERE