My Brother the Mexican

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K. Angelique Dwyer


El “Piti” le decían, I never knew why. We lived just outside “El Barrio,” at least that’s what they called it, ‘cause it took too long to say “Tlachichilco del Carmen.” Nobody called it that, but my mom. She would make us go to El Barrio a vender “panquecitos.” Two little gringüitos selling cupcakes en la plaza.


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K. Angelique Dwyer, Gustavus Adolphus College

K. Angelique Dwyer is an Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, as well as chair of the Latina/o, Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LALACS) program at Gustavus Adolphus College. She has a B.A. in Communication Studies from I.T.E.S.O. (Guadalajara, Mexico) and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Latin American Literature from the University of Iowa. She specializes in Mexico / U.S. Intercultural Studies, Chicana / Latina Cultural Production, Performance Art and Film. Her research, teaching and civic engagement highlight identity politics in marginalized populations within a local and global terrain.