More About the Author
The photo of me was taken in Oaxaca's wonderful restaurant, 'Como Agua Pa' Chocolate...Like Water For Chocolate,' with recipes from the novel...Quail In Rose Petals, margaritas con mezcal and so much more YUM. I was there for La Guelaguetza in July 2009, the best dancing in the streets. I now live in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and continue to teach in the MFA in creative writing program at Antioch University, Los Angeles (over sixteen years now)...a very one on one focus for writing students, low residency....one of my students lives in Hong Kong. As you can see from my list of books, I'm a poet, short story writer, novelist...everything born from poetry, my mother tongue. I'm a Yaqui/mestiza who continues to be in love with la vida and I think it's (ultimately) reflected in my writing, although I reserve the right to also 'bitch and moan' for further evolution. My web site- www.almaluzvillanueva.com and at the urging of two of my sons, I'm now on FaceBook, formerly the FaceBook grinch, am now enjoying it. I've asked Amazon to list the anthologies I'm in as there's a list both with poetry and prose...the most recent is 'SUDDEN FICTION LATINO' and 'COMING OF AGE IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY' (both fiction). Briefly, I grew up in San Francisco's Mission District, raised by my Yaqui grandmother, Jesus Villanueva, with the help of my mother and aunt- and Jesus gifted me with the love of poetry, reading it to me, me reading it to her, in Spanish, and memorizing for church recitals. She also gave me the gift of story telling, the dream.
**More anthologies: 'CALIENTE! THE BEST EROTIC WRITING IN LATIN AMERICA' (fiction)...'IT'S A WOMAN'S WORLD, A CENTURY OF WOMEN'S VOICES IN POETRY' (poetry)....'UNDER THE FIFTH SUN' (fiction)....'PRAYERS FOR A THOUSAND YEARS, VISIONARIES AROUND THE WORLD' (poetry)....'500 GREAT BOOKS BY WOMEN, FROM THE 13TH CENTURY TO THE PRESENT' (novels)...'THE BEST AMERICAN POETRY, 1996' (poetry)...'PEMBROKE MAGAZINE' (Poetry)....'NO MORE MASKS!' (poetry)... 'UNSETTLING AMERICA' (poetry) My third novel, 'LUNA'S CALIFORNIA POPPIES,' excerpted in the wonderful anthology, 'CALIFLORA, A LITERARY FIELD GUIDE.'
**I have two books being published in the Fall 2013, The Twins- 'SONG OF THE GOLDEN SCORPION,' novel (NOW listed on Amazon), and 'GRACIAS,' poetry, from Wings Press. They publish beautiful books, so am very excited to hold them in my hands. My blogspot is: www.almaluzvillanueva.blogspot. My Author's Guild web site: www.almaluzvillanueva.com
I hear from so many students, from grammar to graduate students writing their thesis papers on my work, in the USA and around the world. I love hearing from the grammar to high school students, their emails always so honest and wonderful...and I realize I must remind people to post a brief review here on Amazon.