Daisy Hernández is an activist, creative writer, journalist, and professor whose work focuses on Latina, anti-racist, and intersectional queer feminism. She is the author of A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir and co-editor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism. The former editor of ColorLines magazine, she has written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, and NPR’s All Things Considered and CodeSwitch, and her essays have appeared in the Bellingham Review, Fourth Genre, Gulf Coast, Hunger Mountain, Rumpus, and Tricycle. She is an Assistant Professor in the Creative Writing Program at Miami University in Ohio.
A one-week residency gave the college community many opportunities to engage with different dimensions of Hernández’s work.
There was a public lecture for the college and broader community at Main Street Books in downtown Davidson, N.C. Based on student interests in our U.S. Latina/o Culture and Latino American Sexualities courses, as well as the generally high interest our campus has in spirituality and religion, her talks about Catholicism and the intersections Latina women experience around experiences of faith and gender was broadly popular.
Additionally, individual class visits and workshops by Hernández gave students the opportunity for more direct interaction with her texts and ideas. Given her expertise, she was productively featured in classes in Hispanic Studies, Latin American Studies, English, Creating Writing, Gender & Sexuality Studies, producing an especially engaging and memorable learning experience.