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. While in the Valley, she read tons of Ana Castillo and Sandra Cisneros. Brownsville is to blame for Angela’s habit of when she doesn’t hear something right, she chirps “¿mandé?” to everyone and anyone. Spanish speaker or not.
Shortly after Brownsville, Angela moved to Guadalajara, Mexico, where for two years she slaughtered the Spanish language, taught English at a private school, and wrote a notebook-full of short stories that she lost on a trip home. 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 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). 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 novel.