Meet 2020 Define American Artist Fellow Grecia Huesca Dominguez! Grecia Huesca Dominguez is the author of the children’s book, Dear Abuelo, finalist of the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award and recognized by Bank Street College of Education as one of the Best Children’s Books of 2020. In 2019, she founded Latinx Writers Co, creating a resource for writers of all levels – guided by the principle that all writing is valid, and a writer is someone that writes.
🖊️ What artists are inspiring you these days?
I had had ideas for short stories bouncing around in my head for a while now and I am finally ready to start writing a few. I always do better when reading other works to study how they write and I am greatly inspired by Jhumpa Lahiri and Kali Fajardo-Anstine. Lahiri’s, Interpreter of Malodies, and Fajardo-Anstine’s, Sabrina and Corina, are amazing collections of short stories that I read before as a reader, but right now I am turning back to read them as a writer.
🖊️ What’s a risk you’ve taken lately?
I am finally starting the Monthly Author Talk Series for Latinx Writers Co that I have been talking about to friends for a while. When I plan, I like to plan everything through and plan it perfectly, but that sometimes keeps me from actually going through with ideas, so this week I finalized plans and we will have our first talk soon. I decided that it is okay if it’s not perfect, sometimes it is better to just do.
🖊️ When you’re having a bad day, what do you do?
As a mother, sometimes it feels like I am not allowed to have bad days, but I think what I have found most helpful is being honest about it. My daughter is eight now and she understands what it means to be cranky. I have taught her to tell me how she feels so we can deal with it and now I am doing the same. I tell her I am cranky and ask for a hug. I think hugs help me the most, especially hers.
🖊️ What is your greatest extravagance?
Definitely food. I really don’t spend money on clothes or shoes, or things really, but I love to cook. I definitely splurge when it comes to buying groceries.
🖊️ What music artist do you have on repeat right now?
I have been listening to a lot of Bad Bunny and Natalia Lafourcade. Bad Bunny’s music is very energetic, so it definitely gives me an energy boosts on days when I’m struggling. On the other hand, I find Natalia Lafourcade’s music very relaxing and I love listening to her when I want to wind down or have a moment to myself.
🖊️ What was the last book/movie you read/watched?
I chose a Book of the Month for Latinx Writer Co. and this month’s (May) book is The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio and I have reading that this month. And I have been watching a lot of TV at night and my favorite genre is 90’s movies. The last movie I watched was Sleeping with the Enemy with Julia Roberts.
🖊️ What’s a book you would recommend?
The Book of the Delights by Ross Gay changed my life and the way I see the concept of joy. Everyone should read it.
🖊️ What’s your favorite color?
I don’t really have one favorite color, but I wear a lot of black.
🖊️ What is something bringing you joy right now?
FaceTimes with my friends and working outside in my backyard.
🖊️ What advice do you have for young people who are pursuing an artistic practice?
If it is something that brings you joy or relief just do it. Don’t worry about being the best and don’t worry if others think it is weird or strange. Art is not about perfection and it isn’t about fitting in, it is an action, so just do it.