Books & Recent Publications
Mestiza Power! by Conchi Leon More, Translated by Grise
Through the hustle and bustle of the market this play enters the daily lives of the mestizas, indigenous women from the landscapes of Mérida, Mexico. From a run-away maid, to a mestiza who wears Ray Bans, to a widow with el don, the power to heal, these women are unafraid of life's harsh realities. As they reveal their stories, rites and myths, Mestiza Power shows us women empowered by their roots and a spirit of independence. This play was translated by Virginia Grise with a commission from the Lark's Mexico/United States Playwright Exchange program. This print edition of the translation is a collaboration between the Lark and NoPassport theatre alliance and press.
Your Healing is Killing Me
Your Healing is Killing Me is a performance manifesto based on lessons learned in San Antonio free health clinics and New York acupuncture schools; from the treatments and consejos of curanderas, abortion doctors, Marxist artists, community health workers, and bourgie dermatologists. One artist’s reflections on living with post-traumatic stress disorder, ansia, and eczema in the new age of trigger warnings, the master cleanse, and Kickstarter-funded self-care. Capitalism is toxic but The Revolution is not in your body butter.
The Heart of It Anthology #2
Written & Illustrated by Maya Gonzalez w/ 29 New & Emerging Diverse Children's Book ArtistAuthors
Intended Audience: Ages 4-11/Grades K-5
One rabbit wakes up. Then another. In the magic light of the full moon they see stories reflected from another world. A world tied to their own, but far in the distance. Join the rabbits as they discover a bridge powerful enough to bring different worlds closer together. And the courage to cross it themselves. Be illuminated By the Light of the Rabbit Moon where stories can change who we are, open us up to our own stories and ultimately build bridges between worlds.
Continuing to stretch the concept of anthology, award-winning children’s book artist and author Maya Christina Gonzalez takes us on another playful journey through story in this second book for the Heart of It Collection. A fresh and wordless tale spotlights the work of 29 new and emerging diverse children’s book ArtistAuthors. Stories about nature, magic, identity and love abound. All provide seeds and possibilities to inspire kids to tell their story, share their art and know that in both the telling and the listening, our stories have the power to bring worlds closer together.
An excerpt from my new children's book Mariana Likes to Wear Cowboy Boots is featured in this anthology.
The Panza Monologues, 2nd edition. With the full performance script and a wealth of materials for producing, teaching, and using the play to build community, The Panza Monologues reveals important truths about women and body image, as well as Chicana cultural production and its material realities. Order the book from UT Press.
blu. An epic poem for the stage, blu traces the explosive after-effects of prison and hunger, desire and war. The play follows a queer Chicana/o family as they try to envision an earth and sky without police and their helicopters. Order the book from Yale University Press. Also available on Kindle.
Conversations with Durito: Stories of the Zapatistas and the Defeat of Neoliberalism. In 1994, from the Lacandon jungle, Zapatista Subcomandante Marcos replied to a ten-year-old girl in Mexico City who had sent him a drawing. In his response, Marcos conjured up a first fable introducing the beetle and knight-errant “Don Durito de la Lacandon.” The ensuing output of Durito-related communiqués and tales comprise a broad discourse of the Zapatistas’ struggle, revealing their organizational history, their critique of traditional politics, and the reasons for their opposition to neoliberalism. These elements have helped make the Zapatistas an exemplary reference in the international movement against capitalist globalization.
Conversations with Durito includes all the Durito stories issued to date, translated, annotated, and contextualized by the Accion Zapatista Editorial Collective, and illustrated by visual artists influenced by Zapatismo. Poetic, humorous, and imaginative, these fables provide an excellent introduction to the politics of globalization from the radical perspective of indigenous struggle. As a member of Accion Zapatista, Virginia served on the editorial collective for Conversations with Durito. Order the book from Autonomedia Press.
Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic. In Austin, Texas, in 2002, a group of artists, activists, and academics led by performance studies scholar Omi Osun Joni L. Jones formed the Austin Project (tAP), which meets annually in order to provide a space for women of color and their allies to build relationships based on trust, creativity, and commitment to social justice by working together to write and perform work in the jazz aesthetic. Inspired by this experience, this book is both an anthology of new writing and a sourcebook for those who would like to use creative writing and performance to energize their artistic, scholarly, and activist practices. The text of my performance installation pineapple full moon offerings for my nephew is published in this book. Order it from UT Press.
Gender on the Borderlands. Gender on the Borderlands captures the intense, complex, and gendered experience of those living along the barbwire borderlands of Mexico and the United States. Through scholarship, testimonials, oral histories, songs, poetry, and art, the contributors reclaim the borderlands from the distortions and violence of “official” history and continue the recovery of a gendered Chicana/Chicano history begun by Gloria Anzaldúa in Borderlands/La Frontera more than twenty years ago. Edited by Antonia Castañeda with Susan H. Armitage, Patricia Hart and Karen Weathermon, this anthology includes an excerpt of rasgos asiaticos. Order the book from University of Nebraska Press.
Somos Medicina. An excerpt of a farm for meme is published in the Mujeres de Maiz Somos Medicina Zine and was later republished in 13 Baktun commemorating the 13 year anniversary of the organization. Order both zines from Mujeres de Maiz.