Richard Garcia, GPC 2007-2008
Richard Garcia was born in San Francisco in 1941 and began writing in his teens. After publishing
a chapbook, Selected Poems, in
he stopped writing for a number of years until an encouraging letter
from Octavio Paz convinced him to return to writing. In 1978 he
published a bilingual book for children, My
Aunt Otilia's Spirits, and the University of Pittsburgh Press published The
Flying Garcias in 1991. He earned the MFA degree in creative writing from Warren Wilson College Writers' Program
in 1994. BOA Editions published his third volume of poetry, Rancho Notorious, in
2001, and released his fourth volume, The Persistence of Objects, in
October 2006. His latest release is a chapbook with Foothills Publishing called Chickenhead: Prose Poems. Garcia's
publication credits include Ploughshares and
the Colorado Review, and
his numerous awards are the Pushcart Prize and a fellowship from the
National Endowment for the Arts. For twelve years he was the
poet-in-residence at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, where he conducted
workshops in art and poetry for hospitalized children.
Richard teaches creative writing in the Antioch University Los Angeles
MFA program and the College of Charleston, as well as privately. He
makes his home on James Island, South Carolina with his wife, Katherine
Williams, and their dogs Sully and Max.
Visit Richard Garcia at his home page.
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