About Leticia Hernandez




College of Ethnic Studies

Office Hours (Additional Info): 

Spring 2019: WED 2:30 PM -3:30 PM & by appt


At SF State Since:



Leticia Hernández (Leticia Hernández-Linares) is the author of Mucha Muchacha, Too Much Girl (Tía Chucha, 2015).   She is co-editor of The Wandering Song:  Central American Writing in the United States (with Rubén Martínez & Héctor Tobar, Tía Chucha Press, 2017). Widely published, her writing has appeared in newspapers, anthologies, and literary journals, some of which include, U.S. Latino Literature TodayThis Bridge We Call Home, and Street Art San Francisco.  For over twenty years, she has performed her poemsongs throughout the country and in El Salvador, at venues such as  The Nuyorican Poets Café, The Guild Complex, SF JAZZ, The Loft and universities such as Yale, Loyola Marymount, University of Maryland and Michigan State.  She was recently named a San Francisco Library Laureate and shortlisted for San Francisco Poet Laureate. 

Active in Central American Art and Literature, she was part of an artivist delegation to El Salvador in 2001;  performed in Epicentrico: Rico Epicentro (A Night of Central American Performance) at Highways (L.A) in 2003; and her poetic, interactive installation, Papeleo, was featured in the group exhibition, Mourning and Scarswww.mourningandscars.com in 2013.  In 2015, she performed at the Encuentro Poético: Salvadoran-American Poets at the Smithsonian, and her bilingual poetry appears in  Theatre Under My Skin: Contemporary Salvadoran Poetry. 

A three-time San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist grantee, she was a fellow with the national Latinx poetry workshop, CantoMundo, and served on the Organizing Committee for for three years. Since 1991, she has worked in various capacities in arts education, community engagement, and school reform, and has extensive experience in SFUSD. She taught as part of the Poets in the Gallery team at the de Young Museum, and currently works as an Equity Facilitator and Coach with http://sfcess.org/

Her university teaching includes courses in Gender Studies, Creative Writing, Ethnic Studies, Latinx Literature, and English Composition.  Hernández-Linares has done extensive research in Central American Studies and Literature and Mesoamerican History and Culture. She has been living, working, and writing in the Mission District since 1995.