Ana A. Cavazos is a retired librarian and an advocate for literacy in her community. She is a published poet and author, and continues to work on other works.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Los Angeles, California, and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, located in the Southernmost tip of Texas, which borders Mexico. There are 90% Hispanic or Latinos and 73% Mexicans. There are four counties, Hidalgo, Starr County, Hidalgo County, Willacy County, and Cameron County. The largest city is Brownsville (Cameron County), followed by McAllen (Hidalgo County). Other major cities include Harlingen, Edinburg, Mission, Rio Grande City, Raymondville, Weslaco, Hidalgo and Pharr. Living here, and experiencing a low socio-economic status, and later a middle class status, after a college education, I was able to experience both worlds. My first memoir, captures a bit of life as a migrant, and is entirely influenced by my life experiences. I am now moving forward by using my experiences as an educator, to create works which will move our young Hispanic children forward in life, with a new goal and life expectation.
When did you first start writing?
I have captured my memories and experiences since I can remember, but started writing late while in college. I recommend that children journal every day. It is amazing how our thoughts change, and how much we change as individuals. Writing captures those changes.
In this memoir, the author uses descriptive language and voice to transport the reader into the day in the life of a teenage girl, as she accompanies her family to work in the fields during a summer in the Rio Grande Valley.