ABOUT ARACELI ESPARZA

  • Araceli Esparza is from Madison, Wisconsin; her mother and grandmother were migrant farm workers, originally from Guanajuato, Mexico. She holds an MFA with a focus on Children’s literature from Hamline University. 

    Araceli is currently working on a bicultural, bilingual picture book collection. 

    Her photography has been on display at the Overture Center and her poetry has been published in many print and online journals including: Verse Wisconsin, DePaul University, and the anthology I Didn’t Know There Were any Latinos in WI.  

ARTIST STATEMENT

  • As a writer/poet I write from my own person experience as a first generation Chicana (a person of Mexican descent). I want to write many diverse stories with different settings, characters, plots that many different types of Latino children can relate to. 


    I want to write the stories that are missing from the single story from a child’s perspective. Stories about a recent home-owning Latina girl, who is becoming a terrific pet owner. An ant whose parents are deported and is walking to find them and his new home. The single Latino father making pancakes. All of these voices are not mine, they represent children, families I’ve met in the last twenty years working as a social worker in the Midwest. Wish me luck on my new adventure as a Children’s book author! Uno, Dos, Tres, Dimelo Otra Vez!