2Margaret Elysia Garcia lives in exile from her urban roots in the far northeastern corner of California where she’s learning to live a survivalist existence without water or fast Internet.

She’s the author of Sad Girls & Other Stories (new on Solstice Literary Press), as well as many chapbooks of poetry including Alzheimer’s Cul de Sac, You in the House of My Heart, Choosing Words, and When the Ground Tore Open. Her play Before You Barefoot had its premiere last year. She’s a contributing editor for Hip Mama magazine, and writes the comic zine The Adventures of Sad Girl with her 10-year-old daughter, Paloma. She’s also coming on board as a fiction editor for Solstice Literary Magazine and has been a fiction editor for Kaplan University’s Capstone Literary Journal for a couple of seasons. Her work can be seen in various online and in print literary places including Catamaran Literary Reader, Ginkoso Press, Penduline Press, Best Fiction, Underground Voices, and Antique Children. She’s been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was a Glimmer Train finalist.

This fall two of her essays will be featured in anthologies!

Margaret also works for Wretched Productions in Chester, CA as Heidi Moore’s production assistant and writing consultant. While she’s done some writing consulting with Wretched in the past, she’s now on board as PA after a delightful time working in Dolly Deadly. She even acted in it too! They can’t wait to get started on the new documentary Striking: The World of Alternative Modeling this summer.

On another great and exciting note, Margaret is back on as an editor of GirlBodyPride. Currently GirlBodyPride is going through a relaunch and when it does, watch out world. Your go to place for all things body acceptance.

She hosts the radio show Milkshake & Honey a DJ at Plumas Community Radio and the literary arts show Under the Covers.

She’s a three-time local director for the national spoken word Listen to Your Mother (2013-2015).  Her 2012 essay for the San Francisco Listen to Your Mother Show, “Questions & Answers” –about her children’s lesbian grandmothers– was featured on Upworthy in 2014.

Margaret is currently looking for sponsors for the new play The Adventures of SadGirl: Superheroine which will premiere in Quincy, CA on September 25-27th 2015. She’s also looking for theaters that would like to perform Before You Barefoot or Adventures of SadGirl: Superheroine.