The daughter of a Salvadoran family, Leticia was born in Los Angeles and has been living, writing and working in San Francisco’s Mission District since 1995.  For twenty years, she has been  merging music and performance with her writing to communicate a poetry that crosses genre boundaries and geopolitical borders. Interdisciplinary at the core, she has collaborated with many talented visual artists and incorporates digital media, audience interaction, costume and props, and installation in her writing and art. 

She has developed work at Brava! Women for the Arts, La Peña Cultural Center, Galería de la Raza, and SOMArts. Some of the venues she has featured at include: Intersection for the Arts (S.F.), the Nuyorican Poets Café (NY), The Guild Complex (Chicago), Highways (Los Angeles), The Loft (Minneapolis) and Taller Puertorriqueño, (Philly).   She has studied under and performed with Guillermo Gomez-Peña, Elia Arce, and Elizabeth Summers; shared the stage with Rubén Martínez, Luis Rodriguez, Lorna Dee Cervantes, devorah major, Alejandro Murguía and Daisy Zamora; and collaborated with visual artists such as Ana Teresa Fernández and Victor Cartagena. 

Active in Central American Art and Literature, she was part of a delegation of artivists that traveled to El Salvador to perform, dialogue, and exchange with various communities in 2001. This delegation was organized by Leda Ramos and Carecen (Los Angeles) with writers from the anthology: Izote Vos.  In 2003, she performed in Epicentrico: Rico Epicentro (A Night of Central American Performance) at Highways in Los Angeles. In 2013, she participated in the group exhibition: Mourning and Scars: 20 Years After the War  Her bilingual poetry appears in Theatre Under My Skin: Contemporary Salvadoran Poetry by Kalina Press In October, 2014, she will perform at the Encuentro Poético: Salvadoran-American Poets at the Smithsonian.

Awarded the William Carlos Williams Prize from the Academy of American Poets (1996), her writing has appeared in newspapers, anthologies and literary journals, some of which include, U.S. Latino Literature Today, This Bridge We Call Home, and Street Art San Francisco. In 2002, Calaca Press published her poetry chapbook, Razor Edges of My Tongue. The San Francisco Arts Commission funded her poetry c.d. and manuscript. entitled Mucha Muchacha. Too Much Girl, and recently awarded her a second grant to support the development of her first play, Mortaja  A Creative Work Fund Awardee (2011), She began working on a new poetry collection and presented a multimedia performance about motherhood in collaboration with teen moms in her neighborhood She is the founder of the event series and artist collaborative: Amate: Women Painting Stories.

Since 1991, Leticia has worked in various capacities in  arts education, community engagement, and executive leadership. An escaped Ph.d. candidate from the University of Pennsylvania, she has taught university courses in Women Studies, Creative Writing, and Latin@ Literature.  In 2009, she was honored to receive a local hero award from KQED during Latino Heritage Month.

                                                                        Peacock by Gabriel J. Velez

leticia HernÁndez-Linares