Daniel García Ordaz


Author's Bio

TEDx Speaker Daniel García Ordaz, a.k.a. The Poet Mariachi, a Texas-based teacher and author will serve as the 2023 McAllen Poet Laureate. His work has been taught and written about by academics across the U.S. and abroad and he is a 2018 Pushcart Prize nominee. García has an MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He is also a singer/songwriter, former journalist, photographicationisticator, and word-maker-upper. García appears in the documentary, "ALTAR: Cruzando fronteras/Building bridges." He is the founder of the Rio Grande Valley Int'l. Poetry Festival. García served in the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. His individual book titles include the #1 bestseller books and ebook You Know What I'm Sayin'? and Centzontle/Mockingbird: Songs of Empowerment (and its YA version), as well as the #1 bestseller ebook Pet Names. He's presently at work on a children's poetry manuscript. García's work has appeared in several journals and anthologies.

Publications & Prizes

Good Cop/Bad Cop (FlowerSong Press, 2021)
I SING: THE BODY (Poems About Body Image) (FlowerSong Press, 2021)
Living Beyond Borders: Growing Up Mexican In America (Penguin Random House, 2021)
Puro Chicanx Writers of the 21st Century (Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts, 2020)
Poetry of Resistance: Voices For Social Justice (University of Arizona Press, 2016)
Twenty: In Memoriam (El Zarape Press , 2014)
Juventud! Growing up on the Border: Stories and Poems (VAO Publishing, 2013)
Cenzontle/Mockingbird (YA Edition): Songs of Empowerment (El Zarape Press , 2018)
Cenzontle/Mockingbird: Songs of Empowerment: Poetry * Drama (FlowerSong Press, 2018)
You Know What I'm Sayin'? (El Zarape Press , 2006)
Gallery Magazine
Harbinger Asylum
Left Hand of the Father
Mesquite Review
Praxis Online
Prizes won: 

2023 McAllen Poet Laureate, City of McAllen, Texas

6th Honorable Mention, National Federation of State Poetry Societies Contest, Annual Convention: “She/Her” (2021)

3rd Place, Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Division 1 Spanish Feature Story: "Romeo y Julieta y Que?" (2017)

Winner, Maya Angelou Essay Contest, The University of Texas-Pan American (2011)

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Lloyd Alexander Langston Hughes Maya Angelou Gloria E. Anzaldúa Walter Wangerin, Jr. Pablo Neruda Walt Whitman Robert Frost

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
American, Hispanic, Latino/Latina/Latinx, 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
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Last update: Jul 21, 2022