Biography

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Dra. Susana N. Ramírez grew up in south central Los Angeles and is a nepantlera visionary, scholar, educator, and community sanadora living in San Antonio, Texas. Her immediate family comes from Zacatecas, México, and she is the great-granddaughter of the Wixáritari people. Nepantlera is Gloria E. Anzaldúa’s term, inspired by the Náhuatl concept of nepantla meaning in-between-ness, for those who facilitate passages between worlds. As part of her work as “nepantlera,” she bridges many caminos, including: academia, community activism, and traditional medicine.

She is a first-generation college student who recently earned her Ph.D. in English (2016) while teaching Women’s Studies and English courses at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She obtained a master’s degree in Women’s Studies from Texas Woman’s University (2012), where her focus was on Anzaldúa’s children’s literature. In addition, she holds an undergraduate degree in English from the University of California Los Angeles (2009). She has published: “Recovering Gloria Anzaldúa’s Sci-Fi Roots: Nepantler@ Visions in the Unpublished and Published Speculative Precursors to Borderlands” with UCLA’s Aztlán (2015) and in Altermundos (2017). She sees herself as a reflection of her academic community, especially, academic madrina Dra. Sonia Saldívar-Hull, AnaLouise Keating, Joycelyn Moody, T. Jackie Cuevas, and Ben V. Olguín.

Inspired by women of color feminisms and womanisms, she has worked on various transnational art and organizing efforts including the 26th Annual San Antonio International Woman’s Day March, Fandangeando con Mujeres, and UTSA’s Women’s History Month 2014. These different community projects centers the interconnected experiences of communities pushed to the margins. She has also published two creative pieces: “My Coming Out Letter to Gloria Anzaldúa” with Third Woman Press (forthcoming) and “Entrega Total” with Mujeres de Maiz (2012). She supports independent feminist publishers and believes writing for the next seven generations is a form of social and spiritual transformation.

As her life calling, she has returned to the path her grandmothers paved for her since birth as curandera. She is a practitioner of Mexican traditional medicine (MTM) and indigenous ceremony. She is learning from Mexican queer curandera and comadre, Reverend Virginia Marie Rincon and from her own familia’s rich oral stories of remedios and healing arts. Through Mexica Huitzilmeztli moondance ceremony, her spiritual madrinas, Rosa Tupina Yaotonalcuahtli and nana Yvette Mendez, guide her camino of re-membering, honoring the Earth, and her sacred connection to abuela Meztli. Her interconnected spiritual caminos led her to dream of LariMar Sirena, a blossoming practice devoted to self/community wellness where she brings together the tapestry of teachings from her ancestors and teachers.

Short Bio: Dra. Susana N. Ramírez is a queer nepantlera visionary, scholar, educator, and community sanadora living in San Antonio, Texas. She is a first-generation college student who recently earned her Ph.D. in English (2016) while teaching Women’s Studies and English courses at the University of Texas at San Antonio. As her life calling, she is a practitioner of Mexican traditional medicine (MTM) and indigenous ceremony. Her interconnected spiritual caminos led her to dream of LariMar Sirena, a blossoming practice devoted to self/community wellness where she brings together the tapestry of teachings from her ancestors and teachers. To learn more about Susana’s work, please visit her website: www.susanaramirez.org.

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