Belinda Acosta

A former Austin resident and a past Texas Observer contributor, Belinda Acosta is now a second-year Ph.D. student in the Department of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

By Belinda Acosta:

Criminal Justice


On the road to Arizona.

When ethnic studies programs in Tucson public high schools were eliminated earlier this year, books in the curricula, including many by notable Latino writers, were pulled from classrooms. El Librotraficante (aka, Houston-based writer Tony Diaz) and members of Nuestra Palabra, … Read More


Libro-Traficante Heads to Tucson

As the founder of Nuestra Palabra, Latino Writers Having Their Say, Tony Diaz—along with Bryan Parras, Liana López and a small group of dedicated supporters—has been promoting Latino literature and literacy in Houston for more than 13 years. A weekly … Read More


Floating On The Border

My father was born in Xilitla, a speck near another speck in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. To hear him talk, Xilitla is heaven on earth. The women are lovely, the men are strong, and the children always well behaved. The … Read More


Write of Passage

When I agreed to write two books using the quinceañera as the backdrop, the fact that I’d never had a quinceañera, had never been to one, or that I don’t have a daughter, didn’t stop me. Similar to a Sweet … Read More

The Whole Star

A Place for All Texans

EDITOR’S NOTE: These remarks were made at the Texas Observer Writers’ Festival on May 8, 2010. We hope this will be the beginning of a continued dialogue on creating a more inclusive Texas: I wrote a pair of breezy little … Read More