Curating this week’s Notable Portland has lead me into the depths of facebook event pages, dozens of café and local venue websites, and even through a few sporadic emails, phone calls, and barbecues.
I’m sure you want to know all about this week in literary events in Portland, but can I just say how exciting it is that Wendy C. Ortiz is reading from new memoir, Excavation, tonight? Que Orgullo Latino!
She writes about living with abusive alcoholic parents in Southern California and her relationship with a private school teacher who both encouraged her to become a writer while simultaneously forcing her to promise she would never write about their relationship.
Her former teacher/lover is now a registered sex offender and she is now a writer.
It struck me how close I came to being in a similar situation with an English teacher I begged to help me out of my home situation when I was a freshman in high school. He could have easily taken advantage of me but never did (at the time, I was upset about this - as an adult I’m probably happier about it).
But SO many young Latinas I know (and young girls in general but I want to talk about us for a moment) are left unprotected from their parents abuses. When we beet little brown girls, it’s already terrible, but because so many Latinas are at risk of not being documented and not speaking English as easily, we are much less likely to find relief from our abusive families. I have heard of so many young immigrants pushed into the hands of American predators when they have no other way out of their hellish homes.
Wendy C. Ortiz’s new book is out! Find a copy near you, or check her out on her book tour!