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El Paso in El Paso County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Estela Portillo Trambley

Estela Portillo Trambley Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, May 19, 2018
1. Estela Portillo Trambley Marker
Inscription.  Estela Portillo Trambley (1926-1998), an El Paso native, was an award-winning fiction writer, playwright and poet known for her vivid portrayals of strong and independent Mexican and Mexican American women in Texas and its borderlands. Recognized as one of the first “Chicano Renaissance” authors, Trambley earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English literature from the University of Texas at El Paso. She taught high school in El Paso for more than 40 years, including over two decades as a teacher of home-bound students. An internationally-acclaimed author, she lectured extensively at universities across the United States and Europe.

Trambley’s contributions to the arts and to higher education are an important part of El Paso’s artistic legacy. She was co-founder of Los Pobres, a bilingual theater in El Paso. Her plays premiered in many theaters across the country, including the Chamizal National Memorial Theater and the Chicano Theater of El Paso Community College. In 1972, Trambley became the first woman to win the Premio Quinto Sol, a prestigious literary prize recognizing the work of Chicano and Chicana authors.
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In the 1960s, she hosted “Stella Says,” a political radio show. She also directed and wrote “Cumbres,” a television cultural program, in the 1970s.

Trambley contributed to Chicana literature in its formative years and was the inspiration for many writers who fought gender stereotypes. “Look at all the women in my stories,” Trambley told an interviewer in 1982. “They’re very independent; they create their own universes; they are very unorthodox. They aren’t held down by rules and regulations.”
Erected 2014 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18142.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicHispanic AmericansWomen.
Location. 31° 46.073′ N, 106° 27.251′ W. Marker is in El Paso, Texas, in El Paso County. Marker can be reached from South San Marcial Street. Marker is located in the courtyard of the Cultural Center at Chamizal National Memorial. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 800 South San Marcial Street, El Paso TX 79905, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chamizal National Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Stephen Tyng Mather (within shouting distance of this marker); Defining A Border (about 600
Estela Portillo Trambley Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, May 19, 2018
2. Estela Portillo Trambley Marker
feet away, measured in a direct line); Guardian Angel Church (approx. half a mile away); Site of Camp Concordia and Fort Bliss (approx. ¾ mile away); Henry C. Trost (approx. 0.8 miles away); Urbici Soler (approx. 0.8 miles away); Victoriano Huerta (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in El Paso.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 6, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 5, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. This page has been viewed 356 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 5, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 10, 2023