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Michele Serros - author, TV comedy writer - Ventura & Santa Monica colleges

Named by Newsweek as "A Woman to Watch for in the New Century," Serros is the author of Chicana Falsa and other stories of Death, Identity and Oxnard, How to be a Chicana Role Model, Honey Blonde Chica, and ¡Scandalosa!

A former staff writer for "The George Lopez Show," Serros has written for the Los Angeles Times, Ms. Magazine, Marie Claire, CosmoGirl, and The Washington Post and contributes satirical commentaries regularly for National Public Radio. An award-winning spoken word artist, she has read her poems to stadium crowds as a national touring “Road Poet” for Lollapalooza, recorded "Selected Stories from Chicana Falsa" for Mercury Records, and was selected by the Poetry Society of America to place her poetry on MTA buses throughout Los Angeles County.

Serros attended Ventura College before moving to Venice, Calif. and enrolling at Santa Monica College. She transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles where she graduated with a degree in Chicana/o Studies cum laude in 1996.

"With the so many years I spent in college," Ms. Serros has been known to joke, "I should have three Ph.Ds by now."

It was during her tenure as a student at Santa Monica College that Lalo Press (a division of the Santa Monica Review/Santa Monica College) published Serros’s first book of poetry and short stories, Chicana Falsa and other stories of Death, Identity and Oxnard. After Lalo Press ceased business, Serros continued to sell copies from her garage while maintaining a devoted following of fans as well as a place in academia where Chicana Falsa became required reading in many U.S. high schools and universities. In 1998, Riverhead Books (Penguin/Putnam) reissued Chicana Falsa in addition to publishing Serros’ Los Angeles Times Best Seller, How to be a Chicana Role Model.

As a young girl, Serros loved to read and write. Her grades in high school and college English courses, however,  proved otherwise. As a college student Serros states that she faced many challenges - from being the first in her family to hold university aspirations to enduring the loss of her mother while a student at Santa Monica College. Nevertheless, she pursued her goal in becoming a nationally-acclaimed writer and writer whose diverse fan base ranges from Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers to author Sandra Cisneros. Flea said "Michele is the great Californian writer who makes me proud of my state. When I read her books I cry and laugh and cry." Cisneros said, "Serros is a young, sassy writer whose brilliant weapon is her humor."

Married to a restaurateur specializing in vegan Mexican cuisine, Serros divides her time between her hometown of Oxnard, Calif., New York City and Berkeley, Calif.

 

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