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The Wand 1996-03 - Page 1. March 1996. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 21, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/1849/show/1841.

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Title The Wand 1996-03
Publisher Womynspace
Date March 1996
Description Vol. 13 No. 3. On some pages, comic strips have been digitally obscured to protect owner's copyright.
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  • Women--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
  • Feminists--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
  • Lesbians--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
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  • periodicals
Language English
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Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Women--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
  • Feminists--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
  • Lesbians--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
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Transcript r March 1996 THE WAND Vol. 13, No. 3 Womynspace Activities / Networking Directory Inside: Comics, Kate Clinton & Georgia Ragsdale Diana Jones CD Release Party Breast Cancer Prevention Study Film: Antonia's Line Author Appearance at Inklings Bookshop: Achy Obejas, author of We Came All The Way From Cuba So You Could Dress Like This Sunday, March 24 3:00 p.m. The following review is excerpted from Lambda Book Report. Island People by Terri de la Perla During my early childhood, my parents were friends with Reina and Fico, a middle-aged Cuban couple. Cubans were rare (at least to mfe) in 1950s southern California, and in my little girl eyes more fascinating than provincial Mexican-American relatives. Cubans were Latinos like us~yet totally unlike us. They came from an island, spoke Spanish faster, used different phrases and dropped their syllables. They even spiced their meals with unusual flavors. Though I have faded memories of bird-like Reina, and no doubt my reminisces confuse boisterous Fico with my beloved Desi Arnaz, I definitely recall that couple's fun-loving personalities, their contagious laughter! My 85 year old mother remembers her friends with fondness, she honors Reina every Thanksgiving by recreating her tantalizing cornbread-and-raisin turkey stuffing. While reading Achy Obejas' seven brilliant stories in We Came AH The Way From Cuba So You Could Dress Like This?, I wondered what Reina and Fico or even my mother would think about this intimate look by a Cuban immigrant writer into an urban Chicago filled with Latina lesbians, Latino gays, people with AIDS, immigrants and addicts. Doubtless the older folks would be scandalized by these stories, which means the rest of us are guaranteed to love them, no? My immediate response to both the cuentos and the book's title is this: anyone who can write with the fluid versatility, the sensitivity, honesty and humor of Achy Obejas can wear any damn thing she wants! For clarity's sake, the title refers to the horrified reaction of a Cuban-born father to his consciousness-raised daughter's suede, fringe and bell-bottomed outfit. She answers him "...you didn't come [to the U.S.] for me, you came for you." While this story seems the most personal, the other six stories are unparalleled in their first-person candor, their blunt realism. Each story reminds me of a performance piece, a spoken monologue rife with on-the-edge-hilarity. In "Wrecks", a Latina lesbian admits to an inevitable car accident after each break-up. Though "The Cradleland" recounts a sexual fantasy turned real, its finely crafted lines reveal more substance: the long friendship between a Latina Lesbian and a Latino gay with AIDS. "Man, Oh Man" actually was adapted for the stage; I won't give away its grittiness. The lesbian activist in "Forever" tells us about "being a woman-loving-woman in the face of danger as well as boredom." In this story, Obejas write of the pleasures — and troubles —of being out, and a sometimes unwilling role model. Achy Obejas is one companera whose works I want to feast on again and again. Her fiction is sumptuous, delicious, spiced with credible characters and on-the-mark dialogue—and I want to read many, many more of her stories. Terri de la Perla is the author of two novels, Latin Satins and Margins, both from Seal Press. Achy Obejas is a widely published poet, fiction writer and journalist. Her poetry has been published in Conditions, Revista Chicano-Riquena, and Beloit Poetry Journal among others In 1986, she received an NEA fellowship in poetry. Her short stories have been published in magazines such as Antioch Review, Phoebe, and Third Woman, and in numerous anthologies, including Discontents (Amethyst). She writes a weekly column for the Chicago Tribune and is a regular contributor to High Performance, The Chicago Reader and Windy City Times She has been awarded an 1994 Literary Award from the Illinois Arts Council. Houston Texas Lesbian Conference Planning Meeting Houston, Texas - A meeting for all lesbians interested in planning and organizing the 1997 Houston Texas Lesbian Conference will be held on Monday, March 18,1996, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be at the offices of Suzanne Anderson Properties, 239 Westheimer. For more information, please page Torrie Justus at 916-8110. The theme for the 1996 conference is 'Telling and Tracing Our Past, Living and Loving Our Present, & Charting and Challenging Our Future.w The 1996 conference is scheduled for May 3-5 in the Dallas Grand Hotel, Dallas, Texas. Write T.L.C. Inc., P. O. Box 191069, Dallas, Texas 75219 to register. _________