Theses and Dissertations - UTRGV

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Creative Writing

First Advisor

Dr. José Antonio Rodríguez

Second Advisor

Emmy Pérez

Third Advisor

Dr. Mariana Alessandri


La Vida Sin Papeles in the Rio Grande Valley is a collection of fifteen vignettes and essays that showcase the tough realities that the narrator has lived through in being undocumented in the South Texas borderlands. This work brings into discussion some of the obstacles and hardships that millions of other immigrants and DREAMers face in the United States due to exclusive immigration policies.

In writing this collection, I drew inspiration from contemporary immigrant writers and poets and from my own life experiences living along the Rio Grande Valley border.


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