Creative & personal expression

This page presents a variety of sources that tell the history of Hispanic and Latino experiences in Kentucky from a personal perspective, including poetry by Latino and Hispanic authors who have called Kentucky home at some point, personal narratives that were published via news outlets, and more.

Alvarez, Steven. “Three Poems from Mexington.” Pocho, 2016. Web.

Alvarez, Steven. Living Out Loud : Our Stories, Our Struggles. 1st ed. United States?: Wordography, 2013. Print.

Alvarez, Steven. Living Out Loud. Volume 2. Ed. Steven Alvarez. First edition. United States?: Wordography, 2014. Print.

Alvarez, Steven. Un/documented, Kentucky : a Poem in Eleven Movements. Toronto, Ontario: The Rusty Toque, 2015. Print.

Chacón, Omar Salinas. “I’m a Dreamer fighting for civil rights.” Lexington Herald-Leader (KY), 1st State ed., sec. Editorial/Opinion, 7 Apr. 2019, p. 4C.

Embry, Jim. “Rivers That We Cross…Our New Wave of Immigrants from the South.” Latino studies 4.4 (2006): 448–451. Web.

Ewing, Randi, Sara Anderson, and Andres Cruz. Bordered by Bluegrass : Stories of Mothers and Daughters from Kentucky and Mexico = Al Borde Del Bluegrass :historias de Madres e Hijas de Kentucky y Mexico. Trans. Andres Cruz. Lexington, KY: Kentucky Foundation for Women/Lexington Hispanic Association, 2005. Print.

Gamez Salgado, Daniela. “A Visual History of Latino Students at the University of Kentucky, 1865-2019” UKnowledge. n.pag. Web.

Meza, Alexis. “Across a desert toward a dream one child immigrant’s journey into uncertainty and hope.” Lexington Herald-Leader (KY), 27 July 2014, p. E1.

Miranda-Straub, Marta M. “Poetry by Marta Maria Miranda-Straub in English and Spanish: Part One, ‘Cubalachain.’” Shadelandhouse Modern Press, ShadelandHouse Modern Press, 20 Sept. 2017.
Miranda-Straub, Marta. Cradled by Skeletons : a Life in Poems and Essays. Lexington, Kentucky: Shadelandhouse Modern Press, 2019. Print.

Nazario y Colón, Ricardo. Of Jíbaros and Hillbillies. Austin, Texas: Plain View Press, 2011. Print.

Paden, Jeremy, and Bianca Lynne Spriggs. Black Bone 25 Years of the Affrilachian Poets. Ed. Jeremy Paden and Bianca Lynne Spriggs. Lexington [Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky, 2018. Print.

Paden, Jeremy. Ruina Montium. Frankfort, Kentucky: Broadstone Books, 2016. Print.

thehillville. “Latinos Speak from Affrilachia: A Selection from Pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts and Culture.” The HillVille, 23 Jan. 2012

Ruiz, Ben. “Readers forum: Proud of Mexican heritage, American citizenship.” Louisville Courier Journal, 01 May 2013.

Finding sources

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