Daring to Write
Contemporary Narratives by Dominican Women

Edited by Erika M. Martínez
Foreword by Julia Alvarez

A rich collection of writing by women from the Dominican Republic and its diaspora


“Be prepared for a feast, and then, as with all such blessings of plenty, share it: tell others about this book, put it on your syllabi, on the shelves of your bookstores and libraries. Nourish yourself and others with the rich and savory sancocho of the work collected here. As we Dominicans say when a visitor arrives at mealtime, ¡A buen tiempo! Readers, you have indeed come at a good time.”
—Julia Alvarez, from the foreword

Daring to Write gathers in one volume and for the first time Dominican women writing across genres and against gender norms and borders of all kinds. The result is a moving and imaginative critique of how gender, race, and class intersect in the daily lives of women in the Dominican Republic and in the diaspora. This book is an important contribution to women’s studies and Latino/a studies.”
—Daisy Hernández, coeditor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism

“A scrupulously curated and a vividly brilliant anthology; in its entirety it is a full-throated song, a treasure chest, a diamond, a spell.”
—Junot Díaz, author of This Is How You Lose Her

"For teachers, this collection complicates and expands our understanding, and gives us insight into the lives and stories of Dominican women, including the ones in our classrooms, as well as those of their mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and sisters. The book also makes new writers available to teachers, many of whom are published here for the first time in English. . . . The stories and narratives also provide wonderful models for young writers to begin telling the stories of their own lives. The book would be a great addition to any classroom library, as the real value of this collection will be realized when we make it available to our students. Erika Martinez created this book for the young woman she was, and for other young women like her, so that they could see themselves reflected in literature, partly so they could know they were not alone, but more importantly because she hoped to encourage them to speak in their own voices, to be inspired to also dare to write."
—Meg Petersen, National Writing Project

"The anthology serves up more than a brief taste. It’s a necessary and fully satisfying sampling of Dominican women’s voices."
—Donna Miscolta, Seattle Review of Books

"Aside from widening the readership of Dominican women writers by publishing previously untranslated narratives written in Spanish, Daring to Write should be commended for including various genres and emerging writers. The myriad themes represented in the twenty-five narratives relate to many disciplines, and the anthology promises to be an important contribution to Latino/a studies and women’s studies."
—Megan Jeanette Myers, Latino Studies

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With this new Latino literary collection Erika M. Martínez has brought together twenty-five engaging narratives written by Dominican women and women of Dominican descent living in the United States. The first volume of its kind, Daring to Write offers readers a wide array of works on a range of topics, including love and family, identity and belonging, immigration and the meaning of home. The resonant voices in this compilation reveal experiences that have been largely invisible until now.

The volume opens with a foreword by Julia Alvarez and includes short stories, novel excerpts, memoirs, and personal essays and features work by established writers such as Angie Cruz and Nelly Rosario, alongside works by emerging writers. Narratives originally written in Spanish appear in English for the first time, translated by Achy Obejas. An important contribution to Latino/a studies, these writings will introduce readers to a new collection of rich literature.

Contributors: Marivell Contreras, Kersy Corporan, Angie Cruz, Rhina P. Espaillat, Delta Eusebio, Noris Eusebio-Pol, Yalitza Ferreras, Carolina González, Farah Hallal, Ángela Hernández, Juleyka Lantigua-Williams, Ana-Maurine Lara, Erika M. Martínez, Miriam Mejía, Riamny Méndez, Jeannette Miller, Sheilly Núñez, Jina Ortiz, Sofia Quintero, Dulce María Reyes Bonilla, Lissette Rojas, Nelly Rosario, Ludin Santana, Leonor Suarez, and Sherezada (Chiqui) Vicioso

Page count: 240 pp.
Trim size: 6 x 9


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Erika M. Martínez works with the National Writing Project in New Hampshire and is a staff member of their Invitational Summer Writing Institute. She has contributed to various anthologies, including Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education and Homelands: Women’s Journeys across Race, Place, and Time. She lives in Oakland, California.