Born in Mexico City, Natalia grew up in a Texas where her mother taught her Spanish and Bert and Ernie gave her lessons in English.
Her work captures the voices and lives of women who emerge despite everything that works tirelessly against them.
Natalia has won several awards for her poetry and fiction including the 2004 Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Award, the 2008 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize and the 2012 Literary Award from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio.
Her first novel in progress, Drinking the Bee Water, is a testimony of an immigrant mother’s journey to make a life as a servant in the U.S while separated from her daughter.
Natalia became a naturalized U.S. citizen at the age of fifteen after living in San Antonio, Texas since she was four. She graduated with a BA in English when she was 21 from The University of Texas at San Antonio. Two years later, she received her Masters of Arts in English from the same university. After a almost two decades of teaching, she went back to school to study fiction writing. She graduated the University of Nebraska’s MFA program in Creative Writing in 2010. Her jobs have included teacher, stay-at home mom, a single mom, small business owner/book-keeper, and now, assistant professor of English at Northwest Vista College where she works with students of all levels.
Natalia’s fiction appears in Mirrors Beneath the Earth (Curbstone Press), The Platte Valley Review, and her non-fiction appears in in Wising Up Anthologies, Complex Allegiances and Shifting Balance Sheets: Women’s Stories of Naturalized Citizens. Her first book of poetry, Lavando La Dirty Laundry, is available from Mongrel Empire Press and most online bookstores.
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