Lucha Corpi

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Lucha Corpi (Mexico, 1945) is one of the most relevant Chicana poets and mystery writers. She earned a B.A. and a M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley and from San Francisco State University. She means an important contribution to Chicano literature.

She was the vice-chair of Chicano Studies executive committee at University of California and the coordinator of Chicano Studies Library. Moreover, she is a founding member of the Aztlán Cultural and the Centro Chicano de Escritores.

Even though her most famous works are her poetry anthologies, the Gloria Damasco Saga means a turning point in the Chicano literature, since she introduces such a powerful and strong female figure as the main character of the novels, bringing to the mystery genre a (Chicana) feminist perspective.



Critics have assured Corpi creates her masterpieces with enough originality to overcome some stilted and murky writing style. Besides that, Corpi pays special attention to the including of fine social critiques, so that they provide the novel with hints of reality and moral burden.

Among her many awards, the ones to stand out are the National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship, the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Prize in fiction, the Multicultural Publishers Exchange Best Book of Fiction Award, and she was even named Poet Laureate at Indiana University Northwest.