First Advisor

Paul Collins

Term of Graduation

Spring 2020

Date of Publication


Document Type

Closed Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Creative Writing






Mexican Americans -- Social conditions, Emigration and immigration, Mexican-American Border Region



Physical Description

1 online resource (iv, 107 pages)


This collection of stories is assembled into canastas or baskets. The canastas include memoir, oral narratives, translations, and reportage. "La Canasta de Memoria" is the beginning chapters of a book-length manuscript and contains micro-narratives, fragments, hybrid arrangements, and metatextual commentary about my life as a first-generation Mexican American. "La Canasta de Testimonio," or oral narratives, concentrates on the experiences and challenges Latinx communities face living in Portland, Oregon. Compiled from over six hours of interviews, Jesus Adan Torralba and Rodolfo Redstone Serna's first-person narratives give voice to the Latino male experience and describe life growing up in the U.S. "La Canasta de Traducciones" contains letters handwritten by women detained with their children at the U.S.-Mexico border at South Texas Residential Center, one of the largest immigration detention centers in the United States. "La Canasta de Reportaje" includes two Portland-based journalistic stories. One features a comprehensive account of the renaming of Cesar Chavez Blvd while the other looks at ways Latinx nonprofits adapt in an evolving service provision and advocacy landscape. Collectively, these canastas delve into the radical imagination of our communities by documenting the everyday experiences of ordinary people's extraordinary lives.


© 2020 Cynthia Carmina Gómez Norzagaray

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