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An (Im)possible Life: Poesia y Testimonio in the Borderlands Paperback – October 12, 2015
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About the Author
Elvira Prieto was born and raised in California’s Central San Joaquin Valley working alongside her parents and siblings in the grape fields and fruit packing sheds of Reedley, CA and surrounding communities in Fresno County. She is the first woman in her family to attend college, receiving her B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University and an Ed.M. in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Elvira’s has worked in higher education, student affairs, academic advising, policy analysis and implementation, and community-based education for over fifteen years and she is currently the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Associate Director of El Centro Chicano y Latino and Resident Fellow of Casa Naranja at Stanford University. Elvira's writing is focused on the retelling of life recuerdos (memories) with the intention of creating spaces of light, love, and healing for individuals and community.
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As promised, I am writing to you because I have finished reading your book. I am overcome by a feeling of both melancholy and inspiration.
Reading your book, I was able to relate to some of your struggles, e.g., living in a home that is not financially prosperous, growing up relatively fast and having to take care of siblings, and feeling the wrath and control of a father. I come from a low-income family, and I witness the difficulties my parents face by trying to provide as much as they can for us. Growing up, I was taught how to clean the dishes, do the laundry, clean my siblings after they went potty, etc. I also cleaned after my younger brother, Gustavo, when he would throw up because of his appendicitis, and my father and his friends after drinking too much. Even though my father is not as violent as yours once was, he still thrives on the idea of dominance and control and tries to escape and forget about his problems by resorting to alcohol.
Although I can relate to quite a few of your hardships, I can also relate to some of your achievements. I pride myself in my academic success because I also have the mindset that education is my only avenue towards success and a prosperous life. I have had recognitions throughout my life for my excellence and good citizenship, and I also believe that these are steps towards achieving a post secondary education. As of now, I manage to keep a 4.0, while balancing the stress and workload of honors courses.
I am amazed by the way that you convey the naivety and innocence of a child, all the while depicting such horrendous events. I feel as if I have developed a close relationship or friendship with you through reading your book. I am saddened by tragedies that occurred in your childhood, yet I am inspired by your perseverance and strength. I loved reading your book, and I will definitely share it and recommend it to others.
I also want to say a massive thank you for visiting the youth and the BGCP. I was extremely nervous meeting you again, but that swiftly changed. You spoke from your heart and I believe that the youth left the room inspired. Once again, thank you so much Elvira, for you showcased what determination and hope can do for our people and how powerful education is. I will love if I can reach out every so often for advice and guidance as I continue my academic career.
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