Influential Chicano Authors


Poetry and Novels were two popular kinds of literature during the Chicano Movement


The infamous poem from Rudolfo "Corky" Gonzales, “Yo soy Joaquin,19 (1967) includes symbols that represent Chicano's indigenous roots. It is extremely important for Chicano literature because it proclaims their struggles and oppressions.


Rudolfo "Corky" Gonzales

from Chicano!



"The actual physical borderland that I'm dealing with in this book is the Texas-U.S., Southwest/ Mexican border. The psychological borderlands, the sexual borderlands, and spiritual borderlands are not particular to the Southwest. In fact the Borderlands are physically present wherever two or more cultures edge each other, where people of different races occupy the same territory, where under, lower, middle and upper classes touch, where the space between two individuals shrinks with intimacy"--Gloria Anzaldua.16


Gloria Anzaldua


Gloria Azaldua use symbols that are mostly found in the southwest. She depicts the social, psychological, and emotional struggles as a women of color. She uses the indigenous symbols to relate her past struggles.


Rodolfo Anaya

Rodolfo Anaya is a very accomplished Latino writer. He has written various books in which touches on his Mexican roots and indigenous cultural. His literary works often consist of rural characters who seek out their connections to their homeland and local folklore. His well-known book "Bless Me Ultima" (1972), tells the story of a boy who comes of age with the help of a curandera (folk healer). "That book won the Second Annual Premio Quinto del Sol in 1971 and became one of the best-selling works of fiction by a Mexican American in U.S. history."17