Sat December 2nd Open 11 AM–5 PM
2020 YBCA 100 Honoree
Leticia Hernández-Linares is a bilingual, interdisciplinary writer, artist, and racial justice educator. The first-generation U.S. born daughter of Salvadoran immigrants, she is the author of Mucha Muchacha, Too Much Girl and co-editor of The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States. Widely published, her work appears in Maestrapeace, San Francisco’s Monumental Feminist Mural, and Other Musics: New Latina Poetry. A four-time San Francisco Arts Commission grantee, she has also received support from the Creative Work Fund and Zellerbach Family Foundation for her interdisciplinary projects. She has performed her poemsongs, delivered keynotes, and presented throughout the United States and in El Salvador. Her equity-focused education work includes curriculum development, executive leadership, and school reform. For over two decades, she has lived, created, and protested in the Mission District of San Francisco. She teaches in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University.
Convenings & Conferences
Presented by YBCA
July 27, 2019
Saturday, October 16, 2021, 12–4:30 PM
“…this has been one of the biggest honors and gifts that I’ve received and the timing of it couldn’t have been better. I think it’s a gift to be able to have all this time with such an amazing group, not just the 10, but everybody who’s part of this.”
Leticia Hernández-Linares’s Sala de Deseos (A Wishing Room) takes the form of a living room. It is a space to dream, with Central American textiles and poetry decorating the walls. In the center of the space is a wishing marimba (a deconstructed wishing tree), where visitors can play melodies for the future. Outside the room, a movement towards self determination is brewing.
worry dolls are reclaiming their power, and visitors are invited to take charge of their wishes using the sacred power of maíz. Speaking to the immigration crisis in the United States, this prototype reframes stereotypes and negative narratives around immigrants and celebrates their homelands.