Sonia Gutiérrez

Poet, Fiction Writer

Oceanside, CA
California US

Author's Bio

Sonia Gutiérrez is the recipient of the Tomás Rivera Book Award and the International Latino Book Awards for her novel Dreaming with Mariposas (FlowerSong Press, 2020). Sonia Gutiérrez is the author of Spider Woman / La Mujer Araña (Olmeca Press, 2013) and the coeditor of The Writer’s Response (Cengage Learning, 2016). She teaches critical thinking and writing, creative writing, and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. Presently, she is working on her first picture book, The Adventures of a Burrito Flying Saucer, and poetry collection, Sana Sana Colita de Rana. She lives in the Californias. To learn more about Sonia Gutiérrez and her work, visit

Publications & Prizes


Puro Chicanx Writers of the 21st Century (Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts, 2020)
Sunshine/Noir II (San Diego City Works Press, 2015)
Lavanderia (San Diego City Works Press, 2010)
Dreaming with Mariposas (FlowerSong Press, 2020)
AlternaCtive PublicaCtions
City Works Literary Journal
Hinchas de Poesia


The San Diego Annual 2014-15 (Garden Oak Press, 2015)
The San Diego Poetry Annual 2013-14 (Garden Oak Press, 2014)
The San Diego Poetry Annual 2012-13 (Garden Oak Press, 2013)
The San Diego Poetry Annual 2011-12 (Garden Oak Press, 2012)
The San Diego Poetry Annual 2010-11 (Garden Oak Press, 2011)
The San Diego Poetry Annual 2009-10 (Garden Oak Press, 2010)
Paper Birds: Feather by Feather / Pájaros de papel: Pluma por pluma (El Martillo Press, 2024)
Fringe Magazine
Prizes won: 
  1. Dreaming with Mariposas—Latino-Themed Movie—for the Latino Books into Movie Awards, 2023
  2. Bronze for Best Novel—Adventure or Drama—English for Dreaming with Mariposas. International Latino Book Awards, 2022
  3. Gold for Best Cover Design for Dreaming with Mariposas. International Latino Book Awards, 2022
  4. Dreaming with Mariposas Finalist for Fiction: Young Adult for the International Book Awards, 2022
  5. Honorable Mention for The Isabel Allende Most Inspirational Fiction Book Award for Dreaming with Mariposas. International Latino Book Awards, 2021
  6. Tomás Rivera Book Award for Older Readers for Dreaming with Mariposas. Texas State University San Marcos, 2021


Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Federico García Lorca, Zora Neale Hurston, Tomás Rivera, W.E.B DuBois, Alex Haley
What I'm reading now: 
Well-Read Black Girl by Glory Edim, Coatlicue Girl by Gris Muñoz, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

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Born in: 
Sun Valley, CA
Raised in: 
Vista, CA
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Last update: Apr 22, 2024