Helena was exactly the faculty I had dreamed about during my MFA; she came out of the tradition of Chicana feminist artists, of women of color artists, the tradition of resistance, and in her workshop you better believe race existed and was not an interloper or an aberration from True Literature; it’s a social force which all of us must learn to bear witness to.)—Junot Diaz

"Voices from Texas" (dir., Ray Santisteban, 2003) probes the cultural and historical factors that have shaped Mexican American writers in Texas as they employ poetry and spoken word to navigate their struggles, interpret history, and celebrate life.

"Part documentary, part poetry reading, part visual tribute to the power of words….A feast for the eyes, ears and spirit." - The Austin Chronicle 

Awards: Best Documentary Award, CineFestival - San Antonio [2003]