Leticia Del Toro is a California writer, arts activist and teacher with roots in Jalisco, Mexico. Her work has appeared in Zyzzyva, Huizache, Mutha Magazine and Southwestern American Literature among others. Her awards include the Kore Press Short Fiction Award, a Hedgebrook Residency for Women Authoring Change and a Rona Jaffe Scholar Award to Bread Loaf. Leticia is a VONA Voices fellow. She has completed a short story collection and is working on a novel. She received an M.A. in English from the University of California, Davis. She loves to hike, bake and dream with her husband and two children.
About Café Colima:
Café Colima explores the bond of sisterhood in Richmond, California. While Arcelia and her sister Selene lost their parents at a young age, the girls are fortunate enough to grow up in a secure, loving environment with their grandparents Mamá Luz and Abuelito Gil, at the center of their lives. Mamá Luz owns a beloved Mexican bakery which the sisters find to be both a burden and a blessing. Arcelia works dutifully alongside her grandmother as she is expected to, while Selene seeks independence in a difficult, suburban community. Both sisters view the world with spunk and wild enthusiasm until the circumstances of their lives begin to erode their bond. When Selene tragically suffers an untimely death, Arcelia takes comfort in being the reliable, steady presence at her grandmother’s side. Time seems to stand still as long as pan dulce is selling and business is thriving, until a friend from the past arrives and causes Arcelia to question the mystery of her sister’s death. What will ultimately take Arcelia away from Café Colima to venture on a journey all her own?