Daniel García Ordaz

Author's Bio

Daniel García Ordaz, a.k.a. The Poet Mariachi, a Texas-based teacher and writer from McAllen, is an emerging voice in Mexican American poetry. García has an MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He is also a songwriter, former journalist, photographicationisticator, and word-maker-upper. García appears in the documentary, "ALTAR: Cruzando fronteras/Building bridges." His forthcoming book, Centzontle/Mockingbird: Songs of Empowerment is expected in April 2018. He was born in Houston and raised in Mission, Texas.

Publications and Prizes

Juventud! Growing up on the Border: Stories and Poems
(VAO Publishing, 2013)
, Poetry of Resistance: Voices For Social Justice
(University of Arizona Press, 2016)
Harbinger Asylum, Left Hand of the Father, Mesquite Review, Praxis Online

Personal Favorites

Favorite Books: 
The Book of Three, Ragman and Other Cries of Faith, All We Know of Love, City Room, Borderlands/La Frontera, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, The Hummingbird's Daughter, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Favorite Authors: 
Lloyd Alexander, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Gloria E. Anzaldúa, Walter Wangerin, Jr., Pablo Neruda, Walt Whitman, Robert Frost

More Information

Listed as: 
Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
Christian, Hispanic, Latino/Latina, Mexican
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, At Risk Youth, Children, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Teachers, Teenagers, Veterans
Fluent in: 
English, Spanish
Born in: 
Houston, TX
Raised in: 
Mission, TX
Founder, Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival
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Last updated: Mar 08, 2018