Pre-apocolyptic post-Chicana media alchemist, artist, singer, emotional fluffer, and story sharer. I am my own niche market.

Claps & Cheers for Michelle Ma Belle

I have a new post up on the Women Who Submit blog wherein I sing the accolades of my friend Michelle Zamora: puppeteer, artist, pioneer, visionary. We met when she was fresh out of South Texas, an undergrad at Cal... Continue Reading →


Monapily’s Milieu: Sexiest Stankface of the 21st Century

Currently job-seeking and working to catch up on the #52essays2017 project (on which, I am LOL-tastically behind), I remembered this post I wrote on TheRevista back in early 2013 after Beyoncé’s SuperBowl Halftime performance. #StankFaceGate! Inspired by this piece by Lauren Yapalater on BuzzFeed, I posited that the performance stank face should be revered as much as the “beautiful,” “sexy” photos, perhaps even moreso because the stankface shows how much you care.

Writing this was one of the best times I ever had. Researching it was just as fun.

During the past four years I actually had the privilege of being in a band and have my own very special stankface pics. I still maintain that is the juice behind giving the audience a good show. It’s not about how good *you* look, but how much energy you give to make sure the audience is getting their money’s worth, even if it’s a free show. It’s about respecting people’s time – the audience, the rest of your band mates, the venue that gave you the spot in which to perform. A stank face or 12 is a fair trade.

This band, The Raveens, is currently on hiatus, but the memory of the stankface lives on.


I’m starting out with a new band today. We have our first show. It’s 80s covers. But don’t think I won’t bring the stank.

TheRevista Magazine

by Ramona Pilar Gonzales

Monday January 28, 2013, the day after the Super Bowl, the Internet was all a-buzz about the new team, highlights (and no lights) of the game, and Ms. Hottest Woman of the Century herself, Beyoncé.

sexiest-women-63-beyonce Hot Beyoncé, not to be confused with any other name with “Hot” in front of it. Click through to the cool Photo Shoot of Hot Beyoncé.

My Facebook stream was all gunked up with Worship-worship goo that morning. Most of the positive comments had the word “fierce” attached or adjacent, either directly referencing her self-appointed, “deceased” alter ego Sasha Fierce. I’m not one who worships at the altar of the almighty Bey. I do think she’s very talented, supremely focused, and her success has as much to do with that as it does having a supportive, entrepreneurial and knowledgeable father manager.  But I will concede that the…

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Repost: Claps & Cheers: The Power of No on Women Who Submit

Another Claps & Cheers column over at Women Who Submit on principled professionalism inspired by the fabulous Roxane Gay and Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo. by Ramona Pilar, Editor Claps & Cheers This past January, writer and cultural critic Roxane Gay made the... Continue Reading →

Beyoncé, La Chona, and *eye roll* Selena

I'm not a Texana. By any means. I'm pura California pocha por vida. Omaigah I haaaated Selena when she was popular. When she was alive. When I had to deign to work at the $1.50 movie theater adjacent to the... Continue Reading →

Women Who Submit: Claps and Cheers

Header photo by Caden Crawford Women Who Submit is a community of women writers that work towards equity in the publishing industry by sharing resources, experiences, and gathering monthly to collectively submit writing to literary publications, journals, residencies, contests and more. Working towards... Continue Reading →

It’s Not About You

The best minds of my generation are females overly focused on dumb shit guys do. Guys who are navigating expectations of masculinity while being called on to review their expectations of women who call themselves girls. It is a tenuous... Continue Reading →

Dancing Girl’s Buffy Release

I'd like for this post to count as two - it's Day 5 of Lent and I'm a bit behind on posts. But, no! I'll just have to double up tomorrow. Which is fine. I totally can. Do it. On Saturday... Continue Reading →

Dragon Gnat Exterminators

The walls in my apartment are dingy, pale dishwater brown. The color and energy of a mostly empty cup of coffee filled with water and left in the sink to soak. For about a week. Gnats haven't begun to congregate... Continue Reading →

Platinum Lent – 2015

My mom and I have been celebrating Fat Tuesday since I was in grade school. I've been observing lent for just as long. We aren't really Catholic or religion adhering people in general, but we have fashioned an annual tradition... Continue Reading →

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