Sunday, September 16, 2007


This is a 48-page chapbook of personal essays, published last year by Momotombo Press of the University of Notre Dame's Institute for Latino Studies. The author, a Harvard graduate and Fulbright scholar, travels to Oaxaca to facilitate a writing workshop for women survivors of sexual assault. Inspired by her students and encouraged by her Vermont College mentor, Sue Silverman, Otero tells the story of her own molestation as a five-year-old. The language is lyrical and graceful, the story--interwoven with those of her workshop students--poignant and moving. (Otero has a personal essay, "Dust," in upstreet number three.) For an interview with the author, go here.

1 comment:

moonrat said...

I've wanted to read this for a long time and have just forgotten... thanks for reminding me.