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writer, educator, scholar, entrepreneur 

based in Pharr, Texas

Cover of The River Runs: Stories


May 2023 Events

May 3rd: The River Runs Book Launch

Commonspace, McAllen

May 16th: The River Runs Reading

J'aime Les Livres, McAllen

May 18th: Meeting with Democrats of Southern Cameron County

Humdingers Burgers N More, Brownsville

May 22nd: The River Runs Virtual Reading, Q&A, and Giveaway

Facebook Live

May 25th: The River Runs Reading

Pharr Memorial Library

May 26th: The River Runs Reading

Búho, Brownsville 

Thomas Ray Garcia, CSLAP Mentoring

BA I Princeton University

English, 2012-2016

Hidden Minority Council,

Gates Millennium Scholars, Team U,

Speak With Style, Undergraduate Admissions Blog


English, 2017-2020

UAW 2865, Mellon Professionalization Initiative, Mellon-EPIC Seminar in Teaching and Excellence

I became a writer at age 13 when I read The Sea-Wolf by Jack London.

I became an educator at age 19 when I began teaching college access lessons through CSLAP, and later teaching high school at age 22.

I became a scholar when  I published my first peer-reviewed article in graduate school at age 24.

I became an entrepreneur when I incorporated CSLAP as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit at age 25.

I became a candidate for the Texas State Board of Education at age 28.

Follow my social media and websites to receive updates on my writing, my college access work, and my political advocacy

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