My name is Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros. I am a Tejana poet, writer, and blogger at Cisneros Cafe.
In 1907, my paternal visabuelos (great grandparents) immigrated from General Treviño, Nuevo León, Mexico into South Texas, settling and planting roots in Raymondville, Texas. In the late 1800’s, my maternal tatara abuelos (great great grandparents) immigrated from Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico into Bexar county where we settled. We have been here, in San Antonio, ever since.
My first language(s) was both English and Spanish. I speak a regional dialect of Spanglish, most often and especially around family.
At the intersection of all of this, I am learning what it is to decolonize my theology and reclaim Christianity as I explore my Latinidad as it pertains to my faith.
About Cisneros Cafe:
At Cisneros Cafe, I talk about soul work, the gristle of family and faith, and I overindulge in books.
Christianity challenges me because life is messy and I have questions. The work here comes from that place of faith where I recognize my Latinidad and mistfitness. I am an advocate of religious freedom and marginalized people.
My work has appeared in The Acentos Review, Rock & Sling: a journal of witness, Mudroom, The Lookout Magazine, Zouch Magazine, Amity Coalition, Sagebrush Review, and more. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
I hope you leave inspired. I pray you always come back ready for another cup.
Thank you for allowing me into your life this way.
Amor y Abrazos,