Catherine Hardy

Catherine Hardy: About Jimmy Santiago Baca

Like many Southwestern writers, Baca identifies with the land around him and the myths that are part of his culture. And like Joy Harjo, Baca seeks transformation "to make sense of a terrible, terrible history." For Baca, that terrible history is both personal and cultural. Identified as a mestizo, a person with both Spanish and Native American heritage, Baca perceives himself as an outsider in much of his work.

From Encyclopedia of American Literature. Copyright © 1999 by the Continuum Publishing Company.