Leticia Urieta is proud Tejana writer from Austin, TX. Leticia is a graduate of Agnes Scott College with a BA in English/Creative Writing and holds an MFA in Fiction writing from Texas State University where she worked with author Jennifer DuBois.
She works as an artist and educator in the Austin community with a focus on the pedagogy of equity in creative writing. She teaches at St. Edwards University, and is the director of Barrio Writers in Austin, a free college level youth writers workshop founded by author and activist Sarah Rafael Garcia in Santa Ana, CA. She is also the co-founder of Lenguas Loc@s Writers Collective for womxn writers in the greater Austin community. Recently, Leticia was accepted to the Austin City Emerging Artist Fellowship to aid her in continuing her work in the Austin area.
Her creative work appears in Cleaver, Bearing the Mask: Persona Poems of the Southwest from Dos Gatos Press, Chicon Street Poets, BorderSenses, Lumina and many others. Her work explores the intersections of Latin@ identity with the supernatural or fantastic. She has recently completed her first mixed genre collection of poetry and prose, Las Criaturas, that blurs the lines between reality and fairy tale to explore the monstrous and beautiful feminine inherent in womxn’s stories. Leticia is currently at work completing her novel that tells the story of a Mexican soldadera caught up in the march to Texas during Texas’ war with Mexico.
Leticia loves living in Austin with her husband and two dogs who are terrible work distractions. Despite all, if she is fueled by sushi and breaks to watch pug videos on Youtube, she feels that a day of work can be called complete.