Angela was born and raised in Kansas. Most of her childhood was spent in Topeka, Kansas living in the Mexican-American community of Oakland. Her family also spent a lot of time in El Dorado and Wichita visiting abuelos, and a slew of aunts, uncles and cousins on weekends.
Angela graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in English. Angela thought she’d never graduate because of algebra, but she did (thanks to a math tutor from Pakistan). After KU, she moved to “the valley” that is Brownsville, Texas. It was in Brownsville, that Angela was introduced to the music of Selena, ceviche, and learned to two-step.
Shortly after Brownsville, Angela moved to Guadalajara, Mexico, where for two years she taught English and literature at a private school. In 2003, Angela returned to Kansas City, completed an MBA (discovered an unrequited love for economics), co-founded Las Poetas, a Chicana poetry group, published two chapbook with the group, and began working at an international children’s organization. Later, Angela was convinced to let guys join Las Poetas and it became the Latino Writers Collective.
In 2005, Angela’s short story, “Pork Chop Sandwiches” was published in Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul. In 2007 she won third place for Creative Nonfiction in the Missouri Review’s audio competition for her story “House of Women” and Kansas City Voices’ Best of Prose Award (Whispering Prairie Press) for her short story, “Ten Hail Marys”. In 2008, she was recognized as one of Kansas City’s Emerging Writers by the Kansas City Star Magazine.
Angela’s first novel, Gaby, Lost and Found [Scholastic Press; 2013], was released on August 1, 2013. She is currently working on a second middle-grade novel.