Salvation on Mission Street
By Cathy Arellano
With humor and a sensitive eye, Cathy Arellano depicts her working class, multi-generational, Mexican American family in San Francisco’s Mission District--a neighborhood that transitions from neglected to gentrified. Her maternal extended family’s bonds are strengthened as they live with, next door to, and around the corner from each other and tested with each early death. In Salvation on Mission Street, read how one family survives the loss of heart and soul.
Cathy Arellano is just another Mexican lesbian writer who grew up in San Francisco’s Mission District surrounded by her mother’s family. Arellano’s work has been published in numerous literary and university publications in print and online, including La Bloga, The Más Tequila Review, The Malpaís Review, Sinister Wisdom, El Tecolote, Tongues Magazine, La Voz, and many more. She also writes for Poetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Justice that responds to Arizona’s SB 1070 law that legalized racial profiling and allowed police to stop people suspected of being in the U.S. without papers. Arellano teaches at American River College.