I am an archivist of stories, an altar-ist of memories, a writer, educator, curator, DJ, thrift stylist, and folklorist of the South Texas borderlands who basks in the blurred cultura, language, and history of my homeland.
I weave nonfiction essays out of ancestral memory, oral history/interviews, formal research, poesia, dreams, myths, and Anzaldúan theory in a style that reflects my ingrained rasquachismo. I compose Mexican-American curriculum as a means of engaging and empowering the barrio youth of the borderlands. My vinyl DJ sets, radio shows, zines, cultural events, and style choices are offerings within an altar of sound, aesthetics, and knowledge.
The pandemic shifted my vision, and I will forever strive to collaborate, commission, and create consciously with my community, con mucho corazón. I am one amongst many San Antonians, past and present, who strive to protect and preserve culture in the face of frightening gentrification, patriarchal violence, and colonial constructs.
My energy is Tejana forever.
Samuel Mario Longoria was my maternal grandmother's beloved father. They shared a birthday, as do my daughter and I.
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