Alana de Hinojosa received her B.A. from Hampshire College where she studied journalism, creative writing, political theory, U.S. immigration history and Latinx cultural studies. She is currently a doctoral student at the University of California, Los Angeles in the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies.
Alana is a poet and interdisciplinary scholar who approaches her work as a storyteller. As a poet pursuing a cultural studies dissertation concerned with histories of migration, displacement, loss, and erasure, her methodology considers how various texts and materials, across form, genre and language, imagine alternative and more just poetic geographies. She centers oceans and rivers throughout her work in order to privilege water as a source of diasporic histories and countermemories. Currently, she is pursuing a study of the Río Grande/Bravo and the river’s role in the century-long Chamizal dispute.
Her past work confronts the tensions and borders between fiction & nonfiction genre storytelling. Her two story collections — AGUAS DIVIDIDAS & RIVERS INSIDE HER NAME, both completed as part of her undergraduate studies — are built from & inspired by in-person interviews Alana conducted with Latina women in & outside the U.S. Both collections have at their core the impacts of emigration of women on their families, as well as a narrower focus on separations between women family members. Central to the collections are: transnational motherhood, “diasporic daughterhood,” reconfigurations of gender norms, and representations/performances of place, memory & imagination. In re-telling these unresolved narratives, Alana intends to defend the histories and voices of the vulnerable, the invisible, the dead.
Alana is inspired by: the women in her family, rivers, the ocean and its many seas.
She grew up in Davis, California.
Los Angeles, CA
“No, I do not weep at the world — I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.”
– Zora Neale Hurston