Natalia Figueroa Barroso
Natalia Figueroa Barroso is a Uruguayan-Australian writer of Charrúa, African and Iberian origins who was raised between the unceded lands of Charrúa Nation and Dharug Country. Her work has appeared in Sweatshop Women: Volume One, Racism: Stories on Fear, Hate & Bigotry, SBS Voices, Kindling and Sage, Between Two Worlds, The Big Issue, Puentes Review, Meanjin, ABC Everyday and Mascara Literary Review, among others.
Back to the red earth
FictionBefore she opens her eyes, she knows with the very same certainty that she is of this land that Juanjo, her lover and the father of her five guris, isn’t going to be asleep by her side. But she could for once be wrong. So, she stretches out her arm and feels around. Instead, her fingertips touch his perfectly tucked-in bedsheet. His side of the bed is vacant like the rows of this year’s failed crop.