Estela Portillo-Trambley

Estela Portillo-Trambley, Playwright

Representative Plays:

Puente Negro (1983)
Blacklight (1975)
Day of the Swallows (1971) 


Estela Portillo Trambley was a writer and award-winning playwright from El Paso, Texas. She was the granddaughter of Mexican immigrants, and graduated with a degree in English literature from the University of Texas-El Paso. She taught in the El Paso public school system, and was one of the founders of Los Pobres, the first Hispanic Theater in El Paso. Trambley also hosted a local political radio talk show called Stella Says in Texas. Her play Blacklight won second place in the 1985 New York Shakespeare Festival's Hispanic American playwright's competition. In 1986, she was inducted into the El Paso Woman's Hall of Fame, and was named Author of the Pass by the El Paso Herald Post in 1990. The publication of Sor Juana and Other Plays brought her widespread critical acclaim and national attention. Trini is her only novel.

Source: Feminist Press

Resources found in the UC Berkeley Library Database:

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Sor Juana (Full Text) 

Puente Negro (Full Text) 

Sun Images (Full Text) 

Autumn Gold (Full Text) 

Blacklight (Full Text) 


Chicana, Feminist, Mexican, American, Texan

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