the many lives & Times of aransa de la cruz


          'The Many Lives and Times of Aransa de la Cruz' is a short story where Aransa de la Cruz, a young Latina artist, lives her life after her mother, an undocumented American maid/custodian, dies in the attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11. So when the government tells Aransa they do not acknowledge her mother's death, she explores the question, 'how do we mourn losing something that was never there?' The story is told through multiple forms of narrative, such as short story, poetry, film synopsis, and dream journals to capture the fluidity of identity, grief, and healing. 

          As a Latino artist, the son of immigrants, I wonder where I fit in a country that so readily discards the narratives of its wanderers, such as veterans, laborers, homeless, youth, etc. My writing is informed by that wandering, what forces people to move from one space to another, from one country to another. And what if your history and your memory are erased with each of those movements?

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Cover by Romeo Harrell

Cover by Romeo Harrell

          The chapbook is made by hand, printed with a local business, features art by a teen artist, and speaks on the injustices faced by POC in America. In essence, this chapbook embodies the rejection of traditional, mainstream definitions of 'literary' and artistic.

Click here to read about the stunning lack of literary representation of POC writers by American publishers.

Cover by photographer romeo harrell

The front and back covers feature photography by Houston artist Romeo Harrell, a rising young artist who captures the wandering souls of young people in Houston. "I try to bring people to ‘shitty’ places and show them its beauty. I try to reveal urban life’s true, underlying beauty through my generation and future generations," Harrell says.

Read an excerpt 

 "Aransa forgot what it meant to be alive when she first found out her mother died. Because Celia de la Paz was undocumented, Aransa could not prove that her mother’s remains were amongst the ashes. And because none of her bosses would affirm that any Celia de la Paz was under their employ, Aransa understood that the only evidence of Celia de la Paz’s existence was the emptiness left behind in her soul."

Portion of proceeds will go to Raices

As the story humanizes undocumented Americans and brings many of their plights to front & center, a portion of every chapbook sold will be donated to RAICES. RAICES is a San Antonio based non-profit that provides resources, legal aid, etc. to undocumented Americans.