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Sarah Rafael Garcia

Author's Bio

Sarah Rafael García was born in Brownsville, Texas and raised in Orange County, California. She started writing after her father's passing in 1988. She obtained a Bachelors of Science in Sociology at Texas State University, is bilingual in Spanish and knows enough Mandarin to speak to pre-k students and taxi drivers in China. She has lived in Beijing and has traveled to various countries including a three-month backpacking adventure in Australia. She is 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, she has continued to share her 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 Wild Womyn Writers in 2010, community workshops that create spaces that help womyn explore their creative spirits, free themselves from societal restrictions and learn to embrace their natural instincts. Most recently, her essay “Crossing Borders” was published in Connotation Press in April 2011. Her writings, workshops and lifestyle promote community empowerment, cultural awareness and global sharing.

Publications and Prizes

Books:
Las Niñas: A Collection of Childhood Memories (Floricanto Press, 2008)
Journals:
Connotation Press, Flies, Cockroaches and Some Poets
Prizes:
March 19, 2010 Honored by Senator Lou Correa “Women Making a Difference” Orange County, California October 14, 2010 Listed by OC Weekly Journalist Gustavo Arellano Best of OC 2010: Personal Bests, Orange County, CA December 30, 2010 Listed by Orange Juice Blog Journalist Gabriel San Roman Five Mujeres Positively Changing Our County in 2010, Orange County, CA January 7, 2011 Listed by New Santa Ana Journalist Art Pedroza Voted as 2010 Santa Ana Woman of the Year, Santa Ana, CA Jan. 20, 2011 Awarded by Orange County Department of Education “Outstanding Contributions to Education” Orange County, CA

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Whistling Vivaldi by Claude Steele, Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe by Bill Bryson, Woodcuts of Women by Dagoberto Gilb
Favorite Authors:
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Isabel Allende, Laura Esquivel, Paulo Coelho, David Sedaris, Jill Soloway, Louisa May Alcott, Bill Bryson, Stephanie Elizondo Griest

Please note: All information in the Directory is provided by the listed writers or their representatives.
Listing last updated: December 5, 2013

More Information

Listed as:
Creative Nonfiction Writer
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
Hispanic
Prefers to work with:
Any
Fluent in:
Spanish
Born in:
Brownsville, TX
Raised in:
Santa Ana, CA

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