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San Antonio, TX
My sixth book of poetry is One Blackbird at a Time, winner of the John Ciardi Prize (BkMk Press, 2015. My fourth chapbook is From the Moon, Earth is Blue (Wings Press, 2015.) A co-edited anthology (with Dave Parsons), Far Out: Poems of the '60s, was published by Wings Press in 2016. My poems have have been published in hundreds of journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry 2013. I am Poet-in-Residence and the Pearl LeWinn Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where I've taught since 1982.
Fiction Writer, Poet
I was born in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico. My family immigrated into the U.S. when I was six years old. I grew up in Eagle Pass, a small, border town in South Texas. Eagle Pass is the setting of my debut novel in verse, UNDER THE MESQUITE, from Lee & Low Books. After high school, I went off to Alpine in West Texas to study to become a teacher. I have a BA in Theatre Arts and English from Sul Ross State University. In Alpine, I met and fell in love with my husband, Jim. We have 3 sons, a dog, and a cat. We moved to Somerset many years ago. We love living the simple life in the country, where I get to be close to what I love, nature.