Writing together for 30 years, MUJERES QUE ESCRIBEN™, a Latina writers group, was founded by Silviana Wood in Tucson in 1991.  It is a labor of love, but mostly they’ve withstood the test of time because they understand that longevity takes knowledge, skill, commitment y cariño.  They began by meeting in each other’s kitchens where the rich aroma of frijoles, caldo y cafecito on the stove nurtured countless works of poetry and prose. Today, you can find them in several publications. Their members have also been recognized with several awards including fellowships. You can read more about them on their website:  mujeresqueescriben.com 

Silviana Wood is a bilingual writer, actor, playwright, director, collective-script coordinator, storyteller and teacher. In 2016, the University of Arizona Press published Barrio Dreams, Selected Plays by Silviana Wood. In addition to principal roles in productions by Teatro del Pueblo, Teatro Libertad, and Borderlands Theater in Tucson, and by Teatro Esperanza in San Francisco, she appeared on the bilingual program "Reflexiones" as Doña Chona, a seventy-year-old social and cultural activist.  Her awards include two playwriting fellowships from the Arizona Commission on the Arts; two playwriting residencies from the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations Gateway Project and the 1993 Artist Award from the Southern Arizona Community Foundation.  


2021 Mujeres, Mujeres, Mujeres reading:   

   La Polvadera

Mariel Masque was born en la Habana, Cuba, and raised in Venezuela and the U.S.  She is the creator of Lucid Surrealism, a hybrid writing style that stitches creative nonfiction, poetry, and fiction to frame her Mestiza queer multidimensional reality.  Her work has been anthologized in the U.S. and Canada by Arsenal Pulp Press, The Women’s Press, Burning Bush Press, Revista Mujeres and other literary journals.  Her writing has been recognized with a Merit Award in Poetry by the ASTRAEA Foundation and she has appeared as a featured reader at the National Association for Chicano Studies, National Library Association Conference, National Hispanic Women's Conference, Resistance on the Border, Reforma National Conference, the prestigious Edge Series sponsored by the University of Arizona Poetry Center, and Hispanic Heritage Month.


2021 Mujeres, Mujeres, Mujeres reading: 

   La Gaita           

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Valerina Quintana was born and raised in a small town in southern Colorado. As a child, her mother told her wake-up stories rather than the usual bedtime stories. Through these stories she came to know the grandmothers and the great-grandmothers. These wake-up stories serve as the basis for some of her writing included in her poetry books, Full Moon Rising and Recalling Home, A Poetry of Remembrance (Code Switcher Press).  Her works have also been published in Cantos al Sexto Sol (Wings Press); Spiral Orb Five; Concrete Wolf (Amherst College Press); Counternarratives (Four Chambers Press); Saguaro Journal (University of Arizona Mexican and Portuguese Department); This Piece of Earth—Images and Words from Tumamoc Hill (University of Arizona College of Science) and The Sonoran Desert, A Literary Field Guide (University of Arizona Press).

2021 Mujeres, Mujeres, Mujeres readings:

  1. The Story Teller

  2. Birthing Babies

  3. La Virgen

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M.E. Wakamatsu was born in Sonora and raised on the U.S.- Mexico border. Her work appears in Cantos al Sexto Sol (Wings Press); Southwestern Women New Voices (Javelina Press); The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide (University of Arizona Press); This Piece of Earth—Images and Words from Tumamoc Hill (University of Arizona College of Science); Counternarratives (Four Chambers Press) and Read, Listen, Tell: Indigenous Stories from Turtle Island (Wilfrid Laurier University Press). Her work can also be found in Edible Baja Arizona; The James and Loma Griffith Arizona-Sonora Digital Folklore Archives; Spiral Orb; Drunken Boat and Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts. She received the University of Arizona Poetry Center’s Mary Ann Campau Fellowship Inaugural Award.


2021 Mujeres, Mujeres, Mujeres readings:

  1. Santos y Diablos

  2. Pygmalion Chicana