Born in Brownsville, Texas
April 23, 1974
Both sets of my grandparents relocated their family to Brownsville, Texas from Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico in the late 1960’s. My parents received high-school level educations and moved to Southern California in the late 1970’s. The majority of my childhood took place in Santa Ana, California while spending summers in Texas with my grandparents. My father died at the age of 36, leaving behind three daughters between the ages of ten and thirteen and a wife with limited work experience. Immediately after his death my mother moved us to Rancho Santa Margarita, California.
My interest in school was minimal growing up, but I managed to get motivated by writing. I started creating short stories and poetry after my father passed. I guess you can say my creativity was sparked by my confusing years as a teenager and mourning for my father. In high school I took interest in journalism by striving to be the newspaper editor, that later developed into the reason for attending college.
Since my writing began during my rebellious teenage years, its style expressed it. My college papers usually involved abstract thinking or controversial issues. I left writing to a leisure pursuit instead of a career. I produced works by contributing short column advertisements to a local newsletter in Plano, Texas. With the motivation of my peers I co-founded a literary group for writers in the Spanish language at Southwest Texas State University in 1996 and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Applied Sociology and minor in Spanish in 1998.
Upon my move to Texas I started my career in social work by providing family counseling and parenting classes, which eventually led to working with juvenile delinquents while attending the university. After graduating and spending one year as a Case Manager for at-risk youth, I left the social work field. I focused on finding opportunities to use my passion for writing. I decided to obtain a position in marketing to develop professional writing skills.
Through multiple positions that took me to Dallas, Miami and Los Angeles, I created technical documents that led to award winning descriptions and promotional pieces. My last corporate title allowed me to develop national marketing strategies and integrated marketing plans.
Although I had acquired a position with a successful company, I still felt like something was missing in my life. I started working on my book whether my corporate career allowed for it or not. In 2004, I found a unique opportunity to accomplish several goals in my life through one experience. For a year and half I resided in Beijing, China, taught English to students of all ages and wrote on a full-time basis. Since then, I have also traveled to other countries including a three-month backpacking adventure in Australia. I’m an active writer, blogger, community educator and published author who strives to advocate for human rights.
Since the publication of Las Niñas, A Collection of Childhood Memories in 2008, I have continued to share my writings and community outreach by founding Barrio Writers in 2009, a reading and writing program aimed to empower youth through creative writing, higher education and the cultural arts and hosting Wild Womyn Writers in 2010, workshops that create neutral spaces which empower womyn to explore their creative spirits, free themselves from societal restrictions and learn to embrace their natural instincts.
My essay “Crossing Borders” was published in Connotation Press in April 2011 and my spoken word piece “Without a Name” was aired on the 2012 EXSE Spoken Word Showcase and published in Label Me Latina/o in June 2012. In August 2012, my creative narrative, “Memorias de Mis Besos Nobel” was featured in La Bloga.
Most recently, my profile pieces, “Dreaming of America” and “Doing Great Things” were published in LATINO Magazine in the Fall 2012 issue and I’m currently attending Texas State University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing while working on my next book. My writings, workshops and lifestyle promote community empowerment, cultural awareness and global sharing.
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