Latina Outsiders: Remaking Latina Identity

deadline for submissions: 
December 3, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
City University of New York/State University of New York

Latina Outsiders: Remaking Latina Identity (CFP for edited anthology)

Deadline for submissions:

December 3, 2017


Description of the project:

We are currently seeking finished, previously unpublished articles, testimonios, essays, creative non-fiction, and poetry, for an edited anthology tentatively entitled Latina Outsiders: Remaking Latina Identity.  

Latina Outsiders explores Latina identities on the periphery of Latinx culture. Specifically, we are looking at what structures and practices create a Latina outsider, how Latina outsider identity is experienced, and what intelligences and wisdoms are realized via the Latina outsider experience. We are especially interested in how gender, race, and cultural identity intersect, argue, and converge in the space of Latina outsider identity. Other areas under consideration are how do—or can—aspects of cultural identity such as religion, geographic location, and/or ability impact the definition of “authentic” identities, and how do outsider Latinas challenge and/or disrupt the very boundaries of who controls and determines “insider”-maintenance. These themes can be explored in literature, film, music, visual art, performance art, and in other outsider spaces. We encourage analyses of texts but also explorations of spaces that are interdisciplinary in nature, such as the punk scene, the hip hop scene, or other underground spaces Latina outsiders find themselves in. We also encourage personal accounts of being a Latina outsider.

Possible explorations include (but are not limited to):

Latina skate culture/roller derby

shunned Latina intellectualism

Latina hipsters/emos/rockabilly/punk/rockers

Politically radical Latinas

Independent Latina film

Latinas of Rock en Español

Latina hippies

Latina comic book artists

Latina spray can artists

Spoken word poetry, slam, and hip hop

Alice Bag

outsider art


The deadline for completed works is December 3, 2017.  The work, along with a 250-word abstract and a 100 word author bio, can be sent to:


Creative works can include poetry, creative non-fiction, testimonios, and short-fiction. Poetry should be limited to two pages (3-5 poem limit); prose should be limited to 1500 words; visual art should be submitted in high-resolution .jpeg format.

Articles should be limited to 5000 words or less including Works Cited and notes, and should follow MLA format; authors should retain any required permissions, if applicable. Hybrid genre critiques or essays do not need to be in MLA format but should still incorporate academic style in terms of research, required permissions, if applicable.

Editor:  Dr. Grisel Y. Acosta

Dr. Grisel Y. Acosta is an associate professor who teaches creative writing and Latinx literature at CUNY—BCC