Fernández, Roberta. “Abriendo caminos in the Brotherland: Chicana Writers Respond to the Ideology of Literary Nationalism.” In Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies 14, no. 2 (1994): 23-50.
Surveys Portillo Trambley's work for the journal El grito.
Ikas, Karin Rosa. “Estela Portillo-Trambley.” In Chicana Ways: Conversations with Ten Chicana Writers, pp. 205-13. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2002.
Interview, conducted in 1997, in which Portillo Trambley discusses influences on her life and work, her role in the Chicana literary movement, and her writing process.
Kempf, Andrea Caron. Review of Rain of Scorpions and Other Writings, by Estela Portillo Trambley. Library Journal 102, no. 1 (1 January 1977): 128.
Negative appraisal of Portillo Trambley's collection.
Motian-Meadows, Mary. “Chicana Literature: Transformations at the Border.” The Bloomsbury Review 13, no. 5 (September 1993): 5.
Favorable assessment of Rain of Scorpions and Other Stories.
Salazar-Parr, Carmen and Genevieve M. Ramírez. “The Female Hero in Chicano Literature.” In Beyond Stereotypes: The Critical Analysis of Chicana Literature, edited by Maria Herrera-Sobek, pp. 47-60. Binghamton, N.Y.: The Bilingual Press, 1985.
Examines the female protagonists in some of Portillo Trambley's short stories.
Additional coverage of Portillo Trambley's life and career is contained in the following sources published by Thomson Gale: Contemporary Authors, Vols. 77-80; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vol. 32; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 209; DISCovering Authors Modules: Multicultural; Hispanic Literature Criticism, Ed. 2; Hispanic Writers, Ed. 1; Literature Resource Center; and Reference Guide to American Literature.