Donna Cadena is a writer and photographer. Through her work she constructs narratives which depict her experiences living in the shadow of her ethnicity. Born and raised in Tennessee, she later moved to her mother's home state of New Mexico where she earned a Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Professional Communication at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces. It was there that Donna discovered influential Latino/a scholars and artists and began to develop her own artistic style. Donna's work has been featured in various national and international juried exhibitions. She continues to live and work in New Mexico.