Imagíname: A Queering of Language and Latinidad

Literary Event

Thursday, January 30, 2020, 7 – 9:30pm PST
Rothwell Theater, Rothwell Center

Imagíname: A Queering of Language and Latinidad

Presented by We Are The Voices


A Reading and Conversation with writers and activists

Juliana Delgado Lopera, Marcia Ochoa, and Jaime Cortez




Juliana Delgado Lopera will be reading from their debut novel Fiebre Tropical as well as discussing the their routes to and the workings of queer language with Professor Marcia Ochoa and Jaime Cortez.



Juliana Delgado Lopera

Delgado is a Colombian writer, historian, speaker and storyteller; author of Quiéreme (Nomadic Press 2017) and ¡Cuéntamelo! (Aunt Lute 2017) an illustrated bilingual collection of oral histories by LGBT Latinx immigrants which won a 2018 Lambda Literary Award, An excerpt from their debut novel Fiebre Tropical, won the 2014 Jackson Literary Award, and will be out Spring 2020 from The Feminist Press. Their featured Ted Talk, The Poetry of Everyday, advances the proposition that all English is not created equal. By way of public school and drag clubs, they came to understand that how we approach language can confine us or free us.



Marcia Ochoa

Ochoa is an Associate Professor of Feminist Studies and Provost of Oakes College at the University of California, Santa Cruz. A founding advisory board co-chair of El/La Para Translatinas, a transgender Latina social justice organization in San Francisco’s Mission District, Ochoa is the author of Queen for a Day: Transformistas, Beauty Queens and the Performance of Femininity in Venezuela (Duke 2014) and co-editor of GLQ: a Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. Their current project, Ungrateful Citizenship, documents the work of El/La Para Translatinas and the terms on which transgender women from Latin America living in the US and Europe participate in, belong to, and are recognized by society.


Ochoa es Profesore Asociade de Estudios Feministas y Provost del colegio Oakes en la Universidad de California en Santa Cruz. Co-fundadora de El/La Para Translatinas, un programa de justicia social de mujeres trans de origen latina en el distrito de la Misión de San Francisco, California, Ochoa es autor de Queen for a Day: Transformistas, Beauty Queens and the Performance of Femininity in Venezuela (Duke 2014) y co-editora de GLQ: a Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. Su actual proyecto Ciudadanía Ingrata documenta el trabajo de EL/La Para Translatinas y los bases fundamentales sobre los cuales las mujeres trans latinoamericanas que viven en EEUU e Europa participan en, pertenecen a, y son reconocidas por, la sociedad.



Jaime Cortez

Jaime Cortez is a writer and visual artist based in Northern California.  His art has been exhibited across the San Francisco Bay Area at venues that include the Oakland Museum of California, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure, and Galería de la Raza.  His fiction, essays, and drawings have appeared in diverse publications that include Kindergarde:  Experimental Writing For Children (edited 2013 by Dana Teen Lomax for Black Radish Press), No Straight Lines, a 40-year compendium of LGBT comics (edited 2012 by Justin Hall for Fantagraphics Press), Street Art San Francisco (edited 2009 by Annice Jacoby for Abrams Press), and Infinite Cities, an experimental atlas of San Francisco (edited 2010 by Rebecca Solnit for UC Berkeley Press.


Jaime’s short story collection, tentatively titled Gordo, will be published by Grove Atlantic Press in the latter half of 2020.  His short stories, often based in humor, focus on growing up in California agricultural worker camps and communities back in the bad old seventies.  His website is



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Made possible by the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.