Daniel García Ordaz


Author's Bio

TEDx Speaker Daniel García Ordaz, a.k.a. The Poet Mariachi, a Texas-based teacher and author from McAllen, is an established voice in Latino and Mexican American poetry. 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

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)
You Know What I'm Sayin'? (El Zarape Press , 2006)
Gallery Magazine
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Left Hand of the Father
Mesquite Review
Praxis Online
Prizes won: 

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

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: Jun 26, 2020