who told you anybody wants to hear from you, you ain’t nothing but a black woman. – hattie gossett

Who am I, a poor Chicanita from the sticks, to think I could write. – Gloria E. Anzaldúa

As first generation writers, we defy the myth that the colour of our skin prevents us from using the pen to create. hattie gossett’s piece, the introduction to her first book, is presented here in recognition of that act of defiance. But it is not enough to have our books published. We must actively engage in establishing the criteria and the standards by which our work can be viewed.


Gloria E. Anzaldúa, “Speaking in Tongues: The Third World Woman Writer,” This Bridge Called My Back, p. 181