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Xavier Garza, Author & Artist


A prolific writer and artist, Xavier Garza’s stories have been published in such magazines and newspapers as El Mañana, The Monitor, TABE, The Corpus Christi Caller Times, Mesquite Review and the Milwaukee Spanish Journal. He has been included in the Anthologies "Aztlanahuac Project: Cantos al Sexto Sol" (Wings Press 2002), "Penn English" (Penn. State 2001) and "Once Upon a Cuento," (Curbstone Press 2003). Arte Publico Press published his first solo book, "Creepy Creatures and other Cucuys," on May of 2004. Xavier Garza is currently working on "The Man in the Silver Mask: A Lucha Libre Cuento," a children’s book that is being published by Cinco Puntos Press on April of 2005. "El Chupacabras, Alias El Big Bird," another children’s book will be published by Arte Publico Press in early 2005. He is currently finishing up, "Jesus Wore a Zoot Suit: The Divine Barrio Apparition."

Receiving his BFA at UT Edinburg in 1994, Xavier Garza has exhibited his artwork in various venues such as Talento Bilingue de Houston, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio, Nuestra Palabra de Houston and Mexican Consulates in the Rio Grande Valley and El Paso. He has also worked with The Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio, Mexic-Arte in Austin, Gallista Gallery in San Antonio, Coronado Studios in Austin, and The Ice House in Dallas. Xavier Garza and his work were featured in the books, "Contemporary Chicana/Chicano Art: Artists, Works, Culture and Education," produced by the University Of Arizona in 2003 and "Chicano Art for the Millennium," published by Bilingual Review Press in 2004. His work is slated for inclusion in the book, "Triumph of Our Communities: Four Decades of Chicana/o Art," scheduled for release in early 2005.

Born and raised in the Rio Grande City, Xavier Garza has made San Antonio his home since August of 2000.

Note: Xavier will be reading at Art That Heals, Inc.'s next Coffee Talk Series in Rio Grande City from his works. He will have copies of his new book ($10) and will be available for autographs and photos. (No proceeds from the sale of the books will go to Art That Heals, Inc.)


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