Dolores Dorantes’s Style is a prose book in which a plural feminine voice narrates the vicissitudes of a war designed to suppress that voice. A voice that represents the war on the Mexico-U.S. border? Guerrilla adolescents taking their revenge? Enslaved girls who appear in order to combat a macho presidential figure linked to our current-day Central America? Latin America advancing on a fascist-capitalist government? These are some of the questions that might arise from Style. The book was written in 2011, in some dark place in Texas, during the first three months Dorantes was awaiting political asylum.
Dolores Dorantes is the author of Dolores Dorantes, a collection of four books written in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, two of which were co-published in 2008 by Kenning Editions and Counterpath Press, translated into English by Jen Hofer. In 2015, Ugly Duckling Presse published Dorantes’ collaboration with Rodrigo Flores Sánchez, Intervenir/Intervene, also translated by Hofer. Dorantes was 2014 winner of the Jean-Jacques Rousseau Fellowship from the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Germany. She is a performer, journalist, and bookseller working out of her own mobile bookstore Librería Feminista, and is head of Cielo Portátil (for a free education). Her articles, poems and other texts have appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, CultureStrike, and Harriet among others. Two of her ephemeral performances were presented at Machine Project in L.A. For six years she coordinated the headquarters of Documentación y Estudios de Mujeres, AC in Ciudad Juárez and she is founder of ¨Proyecto Sur Los Angeles” in the United States, where she has lived since 2011.