Hemet, CA – “I grew up in a working family where education was important but never a priority, being the first one to attend college and graduate in a family of many generations of hard working native Indians from Mexico. I attended college because I wanted to escape the confinements of home, not really knowing what I wanted to make of myself. It wasn’t until my last year in university that I discovered creative writing. I dropped all classes I was taking and switched and enrolled into every class I could in the creative writing department. I chose to become a writer even though I knew it would be a true challenge, I fell in love with the literature my professors were teaching me and I am determined to learn, to grow, and contribute to the world literature with my small grain of writing.”
Past awards have included published poems in several periodicals as well as a fellowship at MacDowell Colony as well as a Canto Mundo Fellow.