Activism, and Scholarship

Association for Jotería Arts,

​Maya Gonzalez is a queer femme artist, author, educator, publisher and activist. Her fine art graces the cover of Contemporary Chicano/a Art and is well documented as part of the Chicano Art Movement. She has illustrated over 20 award-winning multicultural children’s books, several of which she also wrote, and is the recipient of the Pura Belpré Award Honor. The core of her work focuses on radical self love, the reclamation of voice, and the power of creativity as revolutionary tools of transformation.

​Ernesto Javier Martínez is the Co-Chair for AJAAS. He is an award-winning queer Chicano-Puerto Rican editor, essayist, literary critic, and a tenured faculty member at the University of Oregon. His work has been funded by the Ford, Mellon, and Woodrow Wilson foundation. He has won a Lambda Literary Award for best LGBT anthology.
Adelina Anthony is a two-spirit Xicana lesbian multi-genre artist, cultural activist, director, and producer. She has over 19 years of mentoring experience, which includes instructing political theater, acting, and creative writing to youth of color and lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/two-spirited communities of color and university students.  She has over 20 years of stage experience, and has garnered Best Actress nominations and awards. She won the 2014 “Imagen Award” 
for her short film “She’s Dead To Me,” about the relationship between a Mexican immigrant mother and her estranged
​queer child.
© Portion of Juana Alicia’s mural The Spiral Word: El Codex Estánfor, El Centro Chicano, Stanford (2012).
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Project Summary:

This project connects award-winning writers, aspiring writers, and LGBTQ Latina/o youth in order to produce literature that challenges the erasure and distortion of LGBTQ Latina/o lives and that inspires future artistic collaborations seeking to make a positive impact on our communities.

Jotería Storytelling Project (JSP)

Rigoberto González is a multi-genre gay Chicano writer. He is the author of fifteen books, and his work has appeared in approximately 50 anthologies and 200 literary journals. He is currently a Professor at Rutgers University. González is invested in making visible the queer Latino experience and is interested in the connection between poetry and activism. He is the recipient of a United States Artists Fellowship, the Lenore Marshall Prize, a Lambda Literary Award, the Poetry Center Book Award, the American Book Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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