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TYTT Volume 7

ay te wacho
¡Ay Te Wacho! 1024 683 LA County Library

¡Ay Te Wacho!

When I was little, my Gramma would chase me around saying “I’m gonna eat you up!” and when she would catch me, she would pinch me and bite me. I would squeal – not because I was in pain, but because I found delight in her love and attention. read more
susana
Susana 1024 681 LA County Library

Susana

The men from Rancho Chacuiloca knocked on Susana’s door bearing the news of her husband, Santiago. In an attempt to defend his friend from a grave accusation made by the Federales, he received a blow to the head with a .30-30 rifle. read more
fire CJ Salgado
Fire 1024 683 LA County Library

Fire

The average house fire burns at 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit. So I am in San Francisco having dinner; gorgonzola penne with shrimp, clam chowder, and sourdough toast at Cioppino’s on the wharf. My cell phone rings. It is my younger sister. read more
okasan Felicia Howell
My Okasan 1024 683 LA County Library

My Okasan

There I was butt-naked in all my glory. All of my fullness on display to behold. Though I dug deep to exude some composure, I moved as graceful as a mother seal sliding past a flock of watching seagulls. read more
sonias Sarah Alvarado
Sonias 1024 683 LA County Library

Sonias

1984 “I bought a theater for the house,” Manuel beamed. read more
heaven knows Fabiola Manriquez
Heaven Knows 1024 681 LA County Library

Heaven Knows

I remember my brother Oscar and his friend Richard sneaking into Richard’s bedroom with the album under his armpit covered by his jacket. read more
Crazies In The Hood 150 150 LA County Library

Crazies In The Hood

My family thought I was crazy buying a house in a crime-infested, gang-ridden part of L.A. read more
fruit of labor
Fruits of Labor 1024 696 LA County Library

Fruits of Labor

Naked, standing in a puddle of water, my hands were cuffed behind my back, and the redhead again asked where I got the weed. Once more, I lied. read more
toque de chicharra
Toque de Chicharra 1024 678 LA County Library

Toque de Chicharra

Naked, standing in a puddle of water, my hands were cuffed behind my back, and the redhead again asked where I got the weed. Once more, I lied. read more
aureliano and esther
Aureliano and Esther 1024 679 LA County Library

Aureliano and Esther

In our family no one ever separated and God forbid they even think of divorcing. Granny Love always said, “Course they’s some orta-had nevah got hitched in the first place.” My Aunt Bertha Mae was scared to divorce. “God may strike me dead ifen I divorce. I jest wants to be rid of ‘im,” she would say. This is her story. read more
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