In her succinct, richly imagistic poetry, Verónica González Arredondo explores the arid desert ecosystems in which she spent her childhood, as well as themes related to immigration, social justice, femicide, perilous border crossings, and the vanishings of countless girls and women in northern Mexico who were making the journey across harsh terrain toward the United States border. She writes about extinction and survival, disappearing landscapes, displaced peoples, and the inhospitable climate—physically and politically—that remain in their wake. Her work merits consideration for publication in English today, more than ever, considering the devastating impact of current U.S. border policies on immigrant children, women, and families.
VERÓNICA GONZÁLEZ ARREDONDO (Guanajuato, Mexico) holds a PhD in Arts from the Universidad de Guanajuato and a master’s in philosophy from the Universidad de Zacatecas. She has received several prestigious Latin American literary awards, including Mexico’s National Ramón López Velarde Prize in Poetry, for her book of poems Ese cuerpo no soy (Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas) as well as the Dolores Castro Prize in Poetry, an annual prize awarded to a woman writing exceptional and socially conscious work in Spanish, for her book Verde Fuegos de Espíritus (Ayuntamiento de Aguascalientes).