A native of Loveland, Colorado, Gloria L. Velásquez is an internationally known poet and fiction writer. She is the author of a bilingual collection of poetry entitled, I Used to Be a Superwoman Superwoman Chicana and the creator of the Roosevelt High School Series which to date includes five novels which feature adolescents of different ethnic backgrounds: Juanita Fights the School Board (1994); Maya's Divided World (1995); Tommy Stands Alone (1995); and Rina's Family Secret (1998), and Ankiza (2000). Venturing into the music world, the new Superwoman Chicana CD which features poetry and music is available from Arte Público Press.

A major voice in Chicano/a Literature, Velásquez is included in the 1997 anthology, Literatura Chicana, 1965-1995, edited by David Foster and Manuel Hernández. Her poetry also appears in a major textbook, Sendas Literarias, alongside the work of three of Latin America's most famous authors: Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Alfonsina Storni and Antonia Darder. The 1997 anthology, Latina and Latino Voices in Literature for Teenagers and Children, devotes an entire chapter to Velásquez's life and development as a writer. A literary biography of her has been included in the new volume of Something about the Author (SATA).

Gloria Velásquez has been the recipient of numerous awards. In 1996, she was featured during Hispanic Heritage Month on KTLA, Los Angeles. Velásquez was also selected for inclusion in Who's Who Among Hispanic Americans, 1994-1995. She has similarly been included in Chicano Writers: Second Series, Dictionary of Literary Biography, edited by Francisco Lomelí and Carl Shirley. Velásquez also received the 11th Chicano Literary Prize in the Short Story from the University of California at Irvine, 1985. At Stanford University, she was awarded the Premier and Deuxième Prix in poetry (1979) from the Dept. of French and Italian. Velásquez was also featured in the May 1996 issue of the Stanford Alumni Magazine. In 1989, Velásquez became the first Chicana to be inducted into the University of Northern Colorado's Hall of Fame for her achievements in creative writing. In addition, the Special Collections department at Stanford University has recently archived materials surrounding her literary production under the title "The Gloria Velásquez Papers."

In the Modern Languages and Literatures Department, at Cal Poly State University, Velásquez teaches Spanish language courses as well as Latin American and Chicano/a Literature courses in Spanish. In addition, Velásquez has developed a course on Chicano/a Culture (HUM 310 ) which she teaches in English in the Humanities Program. As an associate faculty member in Ethnic Studies, Velásquez teaches a course on Chicano/a Culture in the American Cultural Images series (ES 323).

Women's History Month article in the Mustang Daily, February11, 2000

Nahual Bilingual Quarterly Publication, Spring 2001

Biographical References

Contempory Authors Gale Literary Database
Chicano Writers: Second Series
Who's Who Among Hispanic Americans
Latina and Latinos in Literature
Reporter Herald, October, 1997
The Rice Thresher, September, 1997
Denver Post, April, 1997; August 1995
Daily Camera, April, 1997, Boulder, Co.
"Gloria Velásquez Papers," Special Collections: Stanford University
Weeknight Edition, Channel 8, Houston, Texas
Rocky Mountain News, April, 1997, May 1995, July 1994
Stanford Alumni Magazine, May 1996
Southwest Women's Literature List, Latina/o Literature and Literature of the Americas at the University of Northern Colorado
Johnstown Breeze, June 1994
Latino Review of Books, "Superwoman Chicana," Roberta Gordenstein, 1999

Poetry and Fiction

Roosevelt High School series

 

Book Reviews of the Roosevelt High School series

New Translation into French of Ankiza J'aime qui je veux (2002) Editions Pocket Jeunesse, Paris

Useful Information

Publisher (to order books or Superwoman Chicana CD)
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University of Houston
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Houston, Texas 77204-2090
Call 1-800-633-ARTE
http://www.arte.uh.edu

Links
"Chingonas," Making Face, Making Soul... a Chicana feminist homepage

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