Sarah Rafael García

Writing Our Own History & the Writers Who Shaped Us, Sunday, May 7 at 12:30pm, Mt. View Mausoleum

Sarah Rafael García is an award-winning author and literary arts advocate born in Brownsville, Tejas and raised in Santa Ana, California. As a child of immigrants and first-generation graduate, she knows first-hand what it means to fail and triumph in life. Her first book Las Niñas (2008) speaks to her loss and upbringing, and her second book, SanTana’s Fairy Tales (2017), is part of an oral history multimedia exhibition and most recently also a required Ethnic Studies text in the Santa Ana Unified School District. Defying familial and societal expectations as a Chicana and multimedia artist, García addresses what it means to be a child Spanish speaker, teen trauma survivor, an untraditional M.F.A graduate in the American School System — and now a bookstore founder, gallery director, and an arts leader who aspires to build equity and visibility for her BIPOC community. /

Books That Make a Difference: Aphrodite by Isabel Allende, Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler and most recently The Stories Whiteness Tells Itself by David Mura.