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Mary Helen Ponce is a chicana writer. She was born on January 24, 1938 in Pacoima, California.[1] She has worked as an instructor of Chicano studies at California State University from 1982 to 1987 and from 1987 to 1988 she was also an adjunct professor.[1] From 1988 to 1992 she was adjunct faculty in the Women's Studies Program at the University of New Mexico, Women's Studies Program.[1] She was an adjunct faculty member at University of California from 1992 to 1993.[1] She is also a writer for the Los Angeles Times.[1] She earned her bachelor's degree in Anthropology from California State University in 1978 and then a master's degree in Chicano Studies in 1980.[2][3] She studied from 1982 to 1984 at the University of California at Los Angeles. There she was the recipient of the History Department's Danforth Fellowship.[2] She worked toward her Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico in 1988.[2] She is a member of Comisión Femenil San Fernando Valley.[4]


  • Taking Control, 1987, Arte Publico Press, ISBN 978-0934770705
  • The Wedding, 1989, rev. ed., 2008, Arte Publico Press, ISBN 978-1558855236
  • The Lives and Works of Five New Mexican Women Writers, 1936–1990 (monograph), 1992
  • Hoyt Street: An Autobiography, 1993, University of New Mexico Press, ISBN 978-0826314468
  • Calle Hoyt: Recuerdos de una Juventud Chicana, 1995, Anchor Press, ISBN 978-0385475518


  1. ^ a b c d e The Writers Directory. Detroit: St. James Press. 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Notable Hispanic American Women. Detroit: Gale. 1993.
  3. ^ Fernández, Roberta. In Other Words: Literature by Latinas of the United States. Arte Publico Press. ISBN 9781611921823.
  4. ^ "Contemporary Authors Online". Biography in Context. Gale. 2006. Retrieved January 4, 2016.