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Rob McLennan Asks Wendy Trevino 12 or 20 Questions

By Harriet Staff
Wendy Trevino, Cruel Fictions, cover.

Wendy Trevino, author of Cruel Fiction (Commune Editions, 2018), answered rob mclennan's "12 or 20 (second series) questions." We'll take a look at our favorite of these questions: "What other writers or writings are important for your work, or simply your life outside of your work?" and the response it elicits:

There’s this anonymously authored pamphlet you can find online that I keep coming back to: “Who Is Oakland?: Anti-Oppression Activism, the Politics of Safety and State Co-optation” (https://escalatingidentity.wordpress.com/2012/04/30/who-is-oakland-anti-oppression-politics-decolonization-and-the-state/). I wish everyone who cares about anti-racism would read it.
Women, Race & Class, by Angela Davis, & “Rape, Racism & the White Women’s Movement,” by Alison Edwards (http://www.sojournertruth.net/rrwwm.pdf) & “From Servitude to Service Work: Historical Continuities in the Racial Division of Paid Reproductive Labor” by Evelyn Nakano Glenn are 3 texts I wish every anti-racist feminist would read.
Black & Brown: African Americans& the Mexican Revolution, 1910-1920 by the historian Gerald Horne changed my life & I’d recommend exploring his work in general.
The Fire & the Word: A History of the Zapatista Movement by Gloria Muñoz Ramirez, which I read after Tongo Eisen-Martin recommended it to me, has been critical to my thinking about indigenous struggle.
Reading Otros Valles by Jamie Berrout in 2016 was the first time I felt truly excited about a writer coming out of the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. Discovering the work of barrio historian Eduardo Martinez, who writes for Neta RGV, was the second. I highly recommend checking out these 2 writers.
The anonymously authored “You Can’t Shoot Us All: On the Oscar Grant Rebellions” (https://ruinsofcapital.noblogs.org/files/2014/11/youcantshootusall.pdf) is a classic.
There are entirely too many writers who are important to my work & life to name, really, but I do want to also mention the writer & translator David Rojas & all the writers involved with Enjambre Literario—but especially Brenda Navarro. David translated my chapbook “BRAZILIAN IS NOT A RACE” & an interview I did with Chris Chen “Mexican Is Not a Race” (published by The New Inquiry) into Spanish & Enjambre Literario published it in the summer. It means the world to me that Brazilian no es una raza exists & I’m so appreciative of all the work that David & Brenda & the other writers at Enjambre Literario have done to promote it.
Read the full interview here.
Originally Published: December 6th, 2018