Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas

Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas is the author of Drown Sever Sing and Don’t Come Back, and is coeditor of the forthcoming anthology Essaying the Americas. Her fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and translation work have been featured in the Bellingham Review, the Chicago Review, Fourth Genre, Brevity, and elsewhere. She is an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University.
November 20, 2018

A Points South essay from our North Carolina Music Issue.

Reina de mis . . . Reina de mis . . .” And it struck me suddenly, as I stared down at my notebook at my messy handwriting, how without having given it any thought, I’d automatically jotted down Spanish lyrics in English words. “Queen of my . . . Queen of my . . .” A force of habit in a country where I am sometimes discouraged from speaking in my native tongue.