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María Dolores Gonzales was raised in the 1950s in Rosebud in northeastern New Mexico, a remote, ranching community. Her childhood experiences fostered a love of her surroundings, her sense of place. María Dolores was inspired at an early age by Alcott’s Little Women; she day-dreamed of someday writing her family stories. The scarcity of Nuevomexicana literary voices convinced María Dolores to follow through on her childhood dream. After retiring from the University of New Mexico she began writing a collection of her coming of age stories -- A View From the Windmill: Cuentos de una Llanera. María Dolores moved to Taos in 2015 and has dedicated herself to writing, her business, (Bilingual Strategies Language Institute) and Nuestras Voces Nuevomexicanas writing circle.
Rosa Lucero Padilla is from El Rito de San Francisco, a small village near San Luis, Colorado. She was reared by her paternal grandparents in a primarily Spanish-speaking environment and acquired her gift of storytelling from them. Rosa joined Nuestras Voces Nuevomexicanas in 2016 to document her personal stories about her life experiences for her sons, her granddaughter and her community. Rosa retired in 2014 from the NM Dept. of Health where she worked as a Public Health Nurse. Rosa has lived in Colorado, California and New Mexico. After retirement, she moved back to Taos from Albuquerque.
María Cristina López was raised on the United States/Mexican border, in Ciudad Juárez. She has lived in Santa Fe for fifty years and has been crossing cultural and linguistic borders ever since. These crossings inspired María Cristina to write about her immigrant experience which fills the literary void of Mexicana/Nuevomexicana voices. María Cristina is an interpreter and translator, immigrants’ rights activist with Somos Un Pueblo Unido and a retired Spanish professor from the Santa Fe Community College where she taught Chicana literature classes.