Gloria Anzaldúa, an internationally known poet, writer, and cultural theorist played a significant role in redefining contemporary Chicano/a and lesbian/queer identities and in developing an inclusionary feminist movement. She uses history and personal narrative to immerse the reader into her world. With intentionality and purpose, her writings embody a complex blend of eight languages, two variations of English and six of Spanish. To Anzaldúa, writing was not an action, but a form of channeling voices and stories. She won numerous awards for her work, such as the Lambda Lesbian Small Book Press Award for Haciendo Cara, an NEA Fiction Award, the Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award for This Bridge Called My Back, and the Sappho Award of Distinction.