About the Author




The oldest child of an immigrant Mexican family, Vickie Vértiz was born and raised in Bell Gardens, a city in southeast Los Angeles.

Vértiz’s first full collection of poetry, Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut, was published in the Camino del Sol Series by The University of Arizona Press in September of 2017.

Her work was chosen by Natalie Diaz for the 2016 University of Arizona Poetry Center Summer Residency Program.

A seven-time VONA participant, Vickie was also the 2015 Lucille Clifton Scholar at the Community of Writers at Sq. Valley. Her writing is featured in Huizache, NepantlaOmniverse, the Los Angeles Review of Books,  KCET Departures, and the anthologies: Open the Door (from McSweeney’s and the Poetry Foundation), and The Coiled Serpent (from Tia Chucha Press), among many others.

Vickie has taught creative writing and given lectures at the Claremont Graduate University, 826LA, the Center Theater Group, Williams College, Bell Gardens High School, and at UC Riverside, where she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in 2015.

Her first poetry collection, Swallows, is available from Finishing Line Press

The author may be reached at vvert001[at]ucr[dot edu]

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