I dislike things that are shiny, the smell of new, and the word “luxe.” Give me old, decrepit walls, unpolished floors, rocks, the smell of wet grass and moss. My neighbors are bobcats and lizards.
The Formal Stuff:
Letisia Cruz is a Cuban-American writer and artist. She is the author of The Lost Girls Book of Divination (Tolsun Books, 2018). Her chapbook Chonga Nation was selected as a finalist in the 2018 Digging Press Chapbook Series and the 2016 Gazing Grain Chapbook Contest. Her writing and artwork have appeared in [PANK], Ninth Letter, The Acentos Review, Gulf Stream, Saw Palm, Third Coast, Duende, Moko Caribbean Arts & Letters, 300 Days of Sun, Ink Brick, and Sakura Review, among others. She is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s MFA program and lives in an old wooden house on a creek in Florida with her partner and their two cats.
My illustrations are rendered primarily in pen and ink on paper. I am inspired by strong, trailblazing women who push boundaries, forge their own paths, and define for themselves what it means to achieve success. I am also inspired by the take-no-shit attitude of the 1990s and transformative self-expression made possible through art, poetry and music. My work often depicts tattooed women straddling light and dark, gazing into their own abyss, and defining their sense of self. Much of my work is infused with elements of nature and centers around the seasons, the passing of time,
and the theme of rebirth.