Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts


Creative Writing


Andrea Cote-Botero


Del Arbolito Una Cuadra Al Lago (One Block Away From The Little Tree) is a an autoethnographic collection of bilingual/Spanglish short fiction, documentary prose, photography archive, and flash fiction. The work is rooted in my own Central American immigrant experience living in the United States and incorporates a variety of self-exploratory themes including the remnants of post-memory and transgenerational trauma, fractured cultural identity formation, geographical displacement, and the complexities of ideological ambiguities that result from crossing borders. The first half of the collection (Part I and II) is an immigration travelogue complimented with archival family photographs that trace fleeting childhood memories from the Nicaraguan post-war era to the journey into the United States. The second part of the work (Part III and IV) is designed as a witness testimony of the self and a "call to action" that utilizes a variety of auto-ethnographic writing styles including journaling, flash fiction, poetic prose, and letter correspondence. The overall aim of this work is to amplify Central American narratives that denounce recent anti-immigrant policies which have contributed to the ongoing cycles of discrimination of migrant populations in this present historical moment.




Received from ProQuest

File Size

169 p.

File Format


Rights Holder

Tania Romero