Meg Medina

Years ago, while I was in school, a girl in a rabbit-fur jacket surrounded me in the school yard and announced that one of our school bullies, a Latina girl named Jackie, was coming to beat me up, she says in Yaqui Delgado Wants to Beat Your Ass. What I recall most vividly from that period is my loneliness, as well as all of the reckless decisions I made in my pursuit for a tough-girl shell capable of withstanding any attack. But when I battled my fear of going to school, I transformed into someone else entirely. In order to appear fierce and impenetrable to Jackie and the rest of the world, I hid every aptitude and interest I have.

As a student, a young woman, and a Latina, it was a battle to find my identity and inner power. I was fighting for my honor. Meg Medina grew up in Queens, New York, and now lives in Richmond, Virginia, as the daughter of Cuban immigrants.