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.

Election Poem # 1

Vote 4 Garcia She really knows her stuff She taught all your kids And she’s pretty tough— She’s the Bernie to Your Hillary She’s the Beto to your Cruz If you don’t vote for her, it’s you who’s gonna lose Cuz she ain’t no rubber stamp And she ain’t in no one’s camp Except the […]

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#DearProfessorFord

I originally wrote this on my FB page but thought it was worth repeating and expanding here.  Trigger Warning: Here’s the thing. You don’t forget being attacked. You remember every last physical detail –not the date, not whose house. You remember the smell of his hair and his sweat. You remember it down to what […]

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The Choices We Make

Which part is choice? Which part is destiny?  Which part is inevitable?  What do we own? What do we deny? The cock crows three times. Somewhere right now my sister is blaming me for everything that ever went wrong in her life. Somewhere my fiancee’s ex is spreading lies. there are no angels; there are […]

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On Working

Normally, I err on the side of women. I vote on the side of the most down trodden. I believe the oppressed over the oppressors reflexively. I look around at friends who are passionate about a subject and often will–if it is their area of expertise and not mine, default to their judgement on an […]

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