Welcome to English Studies in Latin America, Journal of Cultural and Literary Criticism (ESLA), a digital journal hosted by the Faculty of Letters, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. This journal provides a space for writers of academic and creative genres to publish their reflections on cultural productions that connect us to human experiences through the English language. Living, teaching and learning in a primarily Spanish-speaking culture, we, at ESLA, believe that it is crucial to open spaces for the many different readings, interpretations and uses of culture in English. As Chinua Achebe reminds us, English allows people to read each other beyond a given country’s borders and it has also been forcefully imposed on many. We believe that the spectrum in between these points, the bright and dark sides of globalization and colonization, demands our critical attention from this part of the world.