Thank you for taking an interest in

me and my work.

I invite you to roam around my website and learn more about my books and other publications. You can also get some insight into projects and interests that keep me busy in Tucson, Arizona.

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In the Shadows of The Freeway:

Growing Up Brown & Queer

Released Nov. 23, 2019

"A searing memoir of legacy, loss, and love. Infusing historical research with childhood memories, Lydia Otero poignantly reveals the weight of urban development on Mexican communities in postwar Tucson. With rare insight, In the Shadow of the Freeway is a singular contribution to Latina/o history, urban studies, queer theory, and gender studies."

Vicki L Ruiz 

University of California, Irvine

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In the Shadows of the Freeway.

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Tucson Festival of Books

"Arizona authors Alberto Álvaro Ríos and Lydia R. Otero will discuss their newest books, both of which explore the power of place and community along the border. How much is lost when families are dislocated altogether? Living where we do, these are things for all of us to think about."

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"KNOW TUCSON" Podcast - Episode 20

A conversation with City of Tucson's City Council Member Lane Santa Cruz and Lydia Otero. Released on December 31, 2020, listen to the podcast here.

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Interviews and News Items

Interested in more news items, interviews and publications that have quoted or featured Lydia Otero?

Find more here.

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Barrio Stories

Lydia Otero's book La Calle inspired an outdoor, site-specific theatrical event, Barrio Stories, produced by Borderlands Theater in 2016 in Tucson’s downtown area. More than 5,000 people attended the play, which was designed to recover the history of a barrio declared expendable by city leaders who purposely devised an urban renewal program to demolish it in the late 1960s. Impressive and grand, the event ran for four days in a space larger than two football fields. It featured forty-one principal actors, required more than a hundred volunteers, and involved about thirty production specialists in set design, sound, media, and choreography. Click here to lean more about the production.

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Select Articles &

Book Chapters

Authored by Lydia Otero

Works based on archival research and oral history that highlight my Latinx and historical studies scholarship

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Learn about Lydia Otero's involvement in

Historic Preservation. 

Check out their current project here.