Her humor, wit, and literary grace inspired many generations of Chicanas, including me. She was the voice of Californians, Mexicanos, and Chicanas/Chicanos. We identified our stories in her stories. Her unique prose and her ability to pull the reader in made us all believe that we belonged. Her writing and the way she personally engaged with us provided the confidence that our histories--our stories--her stories were important and should be heard.
Mucha Michele, thank you for your literary gifts.
Read Antonio's dedication here.