I had the great opportunity to share about my experience publishing "the most spectacular mistake" with Chicana Project, a series of “laboratories” that used listening, reading, writing, and media-making as ways to discuss what it means to be a “Chicana” today.
I am thrilled share a preview of my upcoming book: the most spectacular mistake
Here is a review a great friend and mentor shared. Make sure you are subscribed to my newsletter to be the first to get the pre-sale announcement!
the most spectacular mistake is a love story to herself, her roots, and the sacred ritual of chanting the past to heal into the present. It is a testament of the connection between the core of the body, the heart and spirit. Vallez undoes the entanglements of life and the ancestors she carries in her palms while weaving together traditional offerings through words. A lyrical altar reclaiming her existence and triumph.
— Sarah Rafael García, author of SanTana’s Fairy Tales & founder of LibroMobile
There is a quote in Spanish I heard growing up that says, “Lo bailado, nadie me lo quita” which roughly translates to “what I’ve danced, no one can take away from me”. This is what I walked away with feeling at our final bows last Sunday. I can't summarize everything this production of Zoot Suit has done for me but I feel the need to share a couple of thoughts if only to look back and reflect on the tremendous impact it's had on me as an artist and human being.