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Richard Garcia was born in San Francisco in 1941 and began writing in his teens. After publishing his chap book, Selected Poems, in 1972, 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 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 Chickenhead: Prose Poems, a chap book with Foothills Publishing.
Richard's publication credits include Ploughshares and the Colorado Review, and among his numerous awards are the Pushcart Prize and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. For twelve years he was 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 at 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.
Katherine Williams has authored four chap books and was a featured poet at Beyond Baroque, KXLU FM 88.9, and the Valley Contemporary Poets; she received further encouragement by way of a Pushcart nomination, first prize in a poetry slam, and the gala Curators' Choice Reading of the Los Angeles Poetry Festival.