Using dreamlike desert imagery of the American Southwest, reconquista explores themes of lost heritage, time as a colonial concept, Tejano culture, and mental health. reconquista explores an eternal unknowing, the grasping for history that no longer exists. Adame addresses her Spanish side as it invaded tribes in Texas-as-Mexico, & directly ponders the feeling of having little claim to ancestral tribes, having only stories that have been passed down in whispers. As a writer of Mexican-American descent, Adame aims to find a language that can capture her entirety. This is the mission of reconquista: reconquering history & language to form a new definition of self.
Poetry with graphite illustrations
themes: southwest, tejano, mestiza, cultural heritage, mexican-american
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Prior to founding Colibrósa Productions, Marisa acted internationally, had individual poems published in various literary magazines, had work produced onstage in Chicago, and had been named a Contributing Poet for Dallas-based publication Mad Swirl.
She graduated with a B.A. in Theatre/Dance with a concentration in Acting after writing a thesis exploring the ethicality and practicality of neurotypical actors portraying characters with mental disorders. She has competed in CUPSI and is a two-time KCACTF Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship nominee. Her poetry chapbooks have advanced to the semi-finalist and finalist rounds for The University of Notre Dame’s Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize and Thoughtcrime Press’s Lorien Prize, respectively.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Born and raised in Dallas, TX, Joseph Penny graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a degree in Biology. Joseph is a natural visual artist who expresses himself through different mediums. A welder by trade, he expands into the creative realm through metalwork, paint, graphite, and more.
Showing promise from an early age, Joseph won 3rd place for the Texas Congressional District in the nationwide Congressional Art Competition. He was also chosen to design the official Christmas card for his alma mater, Bishop Dunne High School.
Specializing in life-like portraits, his painstaking attention to detail breathes life into the abstract themes of reconquista.