Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Creative Writing

First Advisor

Emmy Perez

Second Advisor

Dr. Steven Schneider

Third Advisor

Dr. Marci McMahon


This poetry collection is by a Mexican American spoken word, performance poet, Lady Mariposa, from Sullivan City turned Chican@ feminist after coming to terms with her mestizaje through Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands La Frontera: The New Mestiza. In Lady Mariposa’s journey as an “Academic Chola,” the term “chola” articulates her Chican@ identity and creates a new space in academia by using “chola” as a hybrid of identity and style in the formation of her poetics. Her poetry can also be called pocho, pocha, Tex-Mex and code switches. She is inspired by Chican@ literature and history, lowriders, cholo culture, cholas, jazz, hip hop, Tejano music, The Beats, pop culture, feminisms, family, love, barrio culture, and includes poetry forms such as the haiku and pantoum, and sub genres such as ecphrastic poetry


Copyright 2011 Veronica Sandoval. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American