Dr. IRENE BLEA. Daughters of the West Mesa and other titles.
op. cit. books Taos, 124A Bent St, Taos, NM 575-751-1999
Dr. Irene Blea will be discussing and reading from her books at op. cit. books Taos on Saturday, September 16 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm. Daughters of the West Mesa is her newest work of fiction based on a true story of the discovery of 11 female remains, and an unborn fetus, west of Albuquerque.
Blea is a New Mexico native who earned her Ph. D. in Sociology from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Before her retirement from California State University-Los Angeles, she was an accomplished author of several textbooks, poetry, academic and popular articles. She retired as a Tenured, Full Professor and Chairperson of Mexican American Studies. Two of her seven textbooks, Toward a Chicano Social Science (Praeger, 1981), and La Chicana and the Intersection of Race, Class and Gender (Greenwood, 1983), are considered classics in her field.
Blea has written and published one play and much poetry. After her retirement she published family fiction and memoir. Suzanna is the title of Blea’s first novel in a trilogy about a thirteen-year-old girl married off to a thirty-two year old man in 1920’s New Mexico. The second novel, Poor People’s Flowers, continues Suzanna’s story upon arrival in Colorado. The third, Beneath the Super Moon, is in print. Dr. Blea is an award-winning academic and a New Mexico Humanities Council Scholar.
"Dr. Irene Blea enlightened us about the violence against young women in our communities, about the intricacies, the blood, pain, and deep love we sustain through 500 years of colonization in New Mexico with her novel, Daughters of the West Mesa. In Beneath the Super Moon she informs us about the destructive role of shame upon the individual and the community. The importance of Blea's work is that she deconstructs the culture showing us that the pride, sometimes hiding truths, can kill us. Irene Blea is, in my mind, the Chicana novelist of these times. I have long awaited this voice. She liberates us with her bravery."
Beva Sanchez-Padilla, World March of Women organizer, SouthWest Organizing Project, SW