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Just launched! Click here to listen to Amelia's interview for Penguin Classics On Air in The Publisher’s Office. The interview highlights Penguin's edition of Ruiz de Burton's Who Would Have Thought It?

Amelia M. L. Montes studies Chicana and Latina literature and theory, late nineteenth century and contemporary American literatures, and Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans literatures. She also writes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

Her scholarly work focuses on narrative contexts that complicate and contradict national, social, and personal identities: how our own complex relationships to power cross ethnic, gender, sexual, and racial borderlines. She has published several articles on the nineteenth-century Mexican American writer, María Amparo Ruiz de Burton (1832-1895), and has edited a new edition of Ruiz de Burton's first novel, Who Would Have Thought It?

Montes' short stories have appeared in a number of journals and collections such as River City Journal, Saguaro, Elixir, Hers3. She is currently working on a fictional memoir entitled The Diabetes Chronicles.

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"El Corrido del Caballo Blanco"

Este es el corrido del caballo blanco
que en un dia Domingo feliz arrancara,
iba con la mira de llegar al Norte,
habiendo salido de Guadalajara.

--José Alfredo Jiménez


"The Ballad of the White Horse"

This is the ballad of the white horse
That on one Sunday, happily, it took off
With its sight set to arrive North
Having left from Guadalajara.

Listen to the song, performed by the Mariachi Zapata de Omaha, Nebraska (2004):