Born and raised in Ciudad Juárez, México, ALESSANDRA NARVAEZ VARELA earned a BS in Biology and an MFA from the Bilingual Creative Writing program at the University of Texas at El Paso, where she is currently a Creative Writing instructor. THIRTY TALKS WEIRD LOVE is her debut novel.
From the author: I’ve been living in El Paso, Texas for 12 years, but I was born and raised in Ciudad Juárez, México, and my life is not what I pictured it would be when I was 13. I was to be a doctor, be married by 28, and have children a few years later. This straightforward plan stemmed from an academically obsessive personality and watching too many movies, as well as being one of two daughters of hard-working Mexican immigrants who own a restaurant, and whose every effort was poured into paying tuition for private elementary and middle school. Their names are Carlos and Amanda, and they’re the reason this book is a reality. Without them, I wouldn’t have made it to medical school, dared to decide to leave after one year, then applied to an MFA Program in Creative Writing at UTEP. I wouldn’t have taken the risk. Despite the financial challenges this field presents, I fell in love with writing poetry and teaching creative writing, so I actually feel like a millionaire!
Alessandra spoke about the experience of participating in one of the country’s only Bilingual Creative Writing MFA programs in this New York Times article.
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