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The child of San Joaquin Valley farm workers and a former single mother on welfare, Diana Garcia is a professor in the Division of Humanities and Communication at California State University, Monterey Bay, she co-directs the Creative Writing and Social Action Program and teaches creative writing, contemporary world literatures and Latina-Latino literature. Her collection of poetry, When Living Was a Labor Camp, earned an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. In 2005, she was selected for inclusion in the California History Museum’s exhibit on Latinas in the Arts and Sciences. In September 2009, she was the featured poet at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s exhibit, “Bittersweet Harvest: Cosecha Amarga, Cosecha Dulce, The Bracero Program 1942-1964.” Her poetry, fiction and essays are included in several anthologies.
Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs is a Chicana poet, literary critic, cultural worker, and Professor at Seattle University in Modern Languages and Women and Gender Studies. She is a renowned poet and in 2011, she represented the United States in India as one of the three featured American poets at the Kritya International Poetry Festival. Gabriella is the author of a book of interviews with Chilean and Chicana writers and poets, Communal Feminisms: Chicanas, Chilenas, and Cultural Exile (2007); a poetry collection, A Most Improbable Life (2003); She is first editor of the renowned publication, Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia (2012); and the editor of Rebozos de Palabras: An Helena María Viramontes Critical Reader (2013). She is currently finalizing her debut novel, Fresh as a Lettuce: Malgré Tout.
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