Pat Mora

Born:  January 19, 1942

Meet the Author Pat Mora


Author Biography:

“Mexican American poet, author, and activist Pat Mora was a leader in contemporary Hispanic literature and poetry. She wrote for adults and for young and older children alike, and many of her books incorporated both Spanish and English text.

Mora was born in El Paso, Texas, on January 19, 1942. She grew up in a mostly Spanish-speaking home. In 1963 she received a bachelor’s degree from Texas Western College (now the University of Texas at El Paso), and four years later she obtained a master’s degree from there. Mora subsequently began a career as a teacher, working at several high schools and colleges, including the University of New Mexico. She also worked as a museum director and as a consultant for the United States and Mexico.

Mora stopped teaching in 1981 in order to pursue a career as a writer. She infused her poetry and prose with elements of the Southwest desert and her bicultural background…..  -from


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