1954 – An American author was born on the 20th of December this year in Chicago,Illinois.
1976 – She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Loyola University of Chicago.
1978 – She enrolled in the graduate program in creative writing at the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop and earned a master’s degree in creative writing.
1982 – She received a National Endowment for the Arts grant. The grant allowed her to stay one year at Michael Karolyi Institute in Venice, France.
1994 – She wrote a children's book, Hairs/Pelitos, with a Spanish translation by Liliana Valenzuela.
2002 – She wrote “Caramelo” which was published by Knof this year. Now she works as the literature director of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio, Texas.
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- "I always tell people that I became a writer not because I went to school but because my mother took me to the library. I wanted to become a writer so I could see my name in the card catalog."