Yvonne Estrada, Poet, Photographer
As described in Terry Wolverton’s essay, the Woman’s Building was an important home for women’s art and activism in the 1970s and 80s. But so many women were not there: women who lived in neighboring Lincoln Heights or in Chinatown, women who were too young or too old to participate, women whose economic circumstances did not allow them to devote themselves to their creativity. In “Portal,” the iconic doorway into the Woman’s Building is re-imagined — crowded with women who had never set foot there before, finding a home within an expanded vision of that space.
Yvonne M. Estrada has exhibited her photographs at the Vincent Price Art Museum, Avenue 50 Studio, Antioch University Artistic Uprising, and Cal Poly Pomona. Estrada is the author of the chapbook, My Name on Top of Yours, a crown of sonnets accompanied by original photographs. Her poems have recently appeared in Talking Writing, Lit For Life, Fourth & Main and in the anthologies, The Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes and Shifts of Los Angeles; Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond; and EXTREME: an anthology for social and environmental justice. Yvonne is an Emergency Medical Technician, riding in an ambulance throughout L.A. County. Many of her poems and photographs are inspired by what she sees on the streets and in the emergency rooms of the region.