Margaret Elysia Garcia

Margaret Elysia Garcia is the author of the short story collection Graft, to be published in October 2022, and the ebook Sad Girl & Other Stories (2014), and the audiobook Mary of the Chance Encounters (2016). She’s a member of Season 9 Community Literary Initiative, which seeks to democratize creative writing outside academia producing a poetry collection the daughterland, due in 2023. Her poetry chapbook, Burn Scars, about the Dixie Fire will be published in July 2022. She’s the co-editor of the forthcoming anthology Red Flag Warning to be published by HeyDay Books. Her creative work can be seen online and in print in many literary journals and websites. Margaret is the co-founder of Pachuca Productions/Las Pachucas Films: the only latinx based theatre troupe in the Sierras where she is the head writer and producer. Through her association with Plumas Arts she’s part of the Artists in the Schools program in Plumas County delivering theatre experiences to kindergarten through second grade. She’s the Poetry Out Loud coordinator for Plumas County high schools. She taught at the community college level for nearly two decades. She’s a reporter with Feather Publishing in Quincy, CA.

Red Flag warning/HeyDay Books

I’m absolutely pleased to announce my collaboration with Sonoma County based writer Dani Burlison for an anthology of Northern Californian based writers to be published on HeyDay Books in 2024. BUT We need to help HeyDay Books fund this vital project. Please see the link below to read more about our book, who is in […]


April 4 & 5

April 4 An Evening in North Beach You stopped by the Italian restaurant said hello, sat at our table on your way to work, eating nothing before the 6 hour shift but the dinner red and then a second full glass. I didn’t know to think anything of it. When you left into the night […]


Yearbook club entries

Graduating from an almost all white school: Four years an athlete, Three years of good grades. Two years a walking target for Trump boys and jealous girls. Two years of COVID. One year of your hometown burning down. Three deaths of people close to her. Four years of trauma’s memory. Six months of a brand […]