Lighten Up #62: Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros


Today I’m talking with poet and writer Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros and we run the gamut from light to serious. She tells an amazing story about wearing leggings as pants, and you are in for a treat today because she agreed to perform her original poem, “By the Grace of God” for us and shares her process for writing poetry. We talk about how she serves her community by serving coffee, there’s some serious power in a cup of coffee, and what she’s learning these days about her faith and “decolonizing her theology.” Then we chat about immigration, the current climate toward Mexican-Americans, and how white women can support and advocate for our Latina sisters. Super light stuff, right? Seriously, though, Carolina has some beautiful advice about how we can make space, create room, and understand the power we wield. And then at the end, she takes us to school with a fantastic reading list, which will be in the show notes. I love this conversation, a little light, a little deep, just the way I like it, so listen in, and lighten up!

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Links from the show:

Carolina’s Awesome Reading Guide:

Latina poets, writers, scholars
Non-Latina but fierce and amazing
The male names


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  • Carolina

    I’m very grateful to have been on and appreciate the space for hard questions. I’m hopeful your listeners will enjoy. Wrapping you up in love and appreciation. See you in April, Melanie. <3

    • Melanie Dale

      Thank you so much, Carolina! You are such a gift and I can’t wait to see you in April!

  • http://thebloggingwriter.com Meghan Weyerbacher

    Oh my goodness this was so fun to listen to. Thanks for having Carolina here, Melanie.You both made me laugh and of course Carolina has a way of making me think yet with such grace and love which is extremely rare. Melanie I about fell out of my seat when you said if you didn’t have coffee you were homicidal. Sharing this link in the newsletter!!

    • Melanie Dale

      Meghan, thank you! Carolina is so gifted and such a joy to talk with. Thanks for tuning in!