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. His work has been taught and written about by academics across the U.S. and abroad. 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." 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 book titles include You Know What I'm Sayin'? and Centzontle/Mockingbird: Songs of Empowerment (and its YA version). He's presently at work on a children's poetry manuscript. García's work has appeared in several journals and anthologies.

Publications & Prizes

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

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 23, 2019