Reyna Grande, Sonia Guiñansaca, féi hernandez, Lucy Rodriguez-Hanley, and Dulce Guerra, present Somewhere We Are Human: Authentic Voices on Migration, Survival, and New Beginnings
A unique collection of 41 groundbreaking essays, poems, and artwork by migrants, refugees and Dreamers--including award-winning writers, artists, and activists--that illuminate what it is like living undocumented today.
In the overheated debate about immigration, we often lose sight of the humanity at the heart of this complex issue. The immigrants and refugees living precariously in the United States are mothers and fathers, children, neighbors, and friends. Individuals propelled by hope and fear, they gamble their lives on the promise of America, yet their voices are rarely heard.
This anthology of essays, poetry, and art seeks to shift the immigration debate--now shaped by rancorous stereotypes and xenophobia--towards one rooted in humanity and justice. Through their storytelling and art, the contributors to this thought-provoking book remind us that they are human still. Transcending their current immigration status, they offer nuanced portraits of their existence before and after migration, the factors behind their choices, the pain of leaving their homeland and beginning anew in a strange country, and their collective hunger for a future not defined by borders.
Created entirely by undocumented or formerly undocumented migrants, Somewhere We Are Human is a journey of memory and yearning from people newly arrived to America, those who have been here for decades, and those who have ultimately chosen to leave or were deported. Touching on themes of race, class, gender, nationality, sexuality, politics, and parenthood, Somewhere We Are Human reveals how joy, hope, mourning, and perseverance can take root in the toughest soil and bloom in the harshest conditions. (Harpervia)
féi hernandez (they/them) was born in Chihuahua, México, and raised in Inglewood, California. They are a trans nonbinary visual artist, writer, and healer. féi is the author of Hood Criatura (Sundress Publications, 2020). Their writing has been featured in Poetry; Oxford Review of Books; Frontier; NPR’s “Code Switch”; Immigrant Report; Nonbinary: Memoirs of Gender and Identity (Columbia University Press, 2019); Hayden’s Ferry Review; The BreakBeat Poets, Volume 4: LatiNext; and PANK Magazine; among others. féi is a spiri- tualist who utilizes a decolonial approach to ancestral energetic healing for (TGI) BIPOC. They collect Pokémon plushies. féi is the president of Gender Justice LA and is a cofounder of the ING Fellowship.
Lucy Rodriguez-Hanley is a creative nonfiction writer, filmmaker, and mother of two. A Dominicana from Washington Heights, she is now living in Long Beach, California. Her memoir-in-progress explores the effects that migration, assimilation, and maternal rage have on the narrator’s life. She is a strong advocate for representation of women and BIPOC in creative spaces. She is the chapter liaison for Women Who Submit and is cofounder of the Long Beach Literary Arts Center where she co-leads the Long Beach chapter of Women Who Submit.
Dulce Guerra was born in Obregón, Sonora, México. In July 2000, at the age of eight, she migrated from Huatabampo, Sonora, to Fair Oaks, Indiana. In June 2012, she married and moved to Los Angeles, California. She currently lives in Palmdale, California, with her husband, Cordero Guerra, their two children, Alora and Benicio, her mother-in-law, and three pets. She gradu- ated from California State University–Northridge in the summer of 2020 with a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish language and culture. She is cur- rently continuing her education at CSUN as a graduate student in the Spanish master’s program. She hopes to become a Spanish professor in the future.