Twenty years ago Gloria Anzaldúa’s landmark book Borderlands/La Frontera was released and a legion of mestizo-conscious readers were born. Her mixture of English and Spanish poetry and prose covered social, political, and cultural issues. Trinity University is holding a poetry reading to celebrate Anzaldúa’s life during the two-day event “Güera y Prietas: Celebrating 20 Years of Borderlands/La Frontera.”

The reading will be held at
7 p.m. November 2 in Northrup Hall, room 040, and will feature poets from the United States and Mexico.

Anzaldúa, a native Texan, drew on oppression and her past as material for her works. She made contributions to the academic world, feminism, and race dialogue. Through her tireless efforts to change the world’s views, she opened doors for those following her. Hailed as one of the first openly lesbian Chicana authors, she played a major role in the Chicano/a queer movement. In 2004, Anzaldúa died due to complications of diabetes.

On Saturday an Anzaldúa symposium will be held from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at UTSA’s downtown campus. For more information, visit The event is free and open to the public.

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