Category Archives: Bio

“Self Portrait”, Oil, 24″x36″



Ursuline Academy
Attended Texas Women’s University (Art Major)
Attended Laredo Community College
Attended Laredo State University
Attended Texas A&M International University

1989 Alcanzando un Sueño, staged reading, Arena Theater, Laredo Junior College
1990 Alcanzando un Sueño, Chicano Literary Prize, University of California, Irvine,
1995 La Mala Onda de Johnny Rivera, Isadora Aguirre Workshop and staged reading, Teatro de la Esperanza, San Francisco, Ca.
1999 World Premier of Alcanzando un Sueño and La Mala Onda de Johnny Rivera, Teatro de Nuestra Cultura, McAllen, TX. Summer
1999 Debut of La Mala Onda de Johnny Rivera and Alcanzando un Sueño, Reynosa, Tamaulipas
2001 Production of Alcanzando un Sueño and La Mala Onda de Johnny Rivera, Laredo Little Theater

PATH OF MARIGOLDS Laredo Little Theater November & December 2007. Jump Start Performance Co. Theater, San Antonio, TX., December 2007, McAllen, TX. November 2007, Laredo Country Club, February 2008, Laredo Center for the Arts, 2012.

LA MALA ONDA DE JOHNNY RIVERA, Laredo Center for the Arts, 2010.

1999 Black and White photograph, Autumn Leaves, La Frontera,
2000 Color Photograph “Carnicería” Laredo Community College, La Frontera, Fall
2001 Best of Issue Award in Art. Oil “Gabriela Rebeca Sentíes”, Laredo Community College
Magazine, La Frontera, Spring Issue
2001 Cover artist for book Composing Ourselves by Randy Koch
2002 Oil “ Denise Chavez” Laredo Community College magazine La Frontera, Spring Issue
2003 Paintings in Weber Studies, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah

Anthology “RED HOT SALSA” Henry Holt & Co. New York , N.Y. 2005
Anthology “Voices in 1st Person” Antheum Books For Young Readers, New York, N.Y 2008


1989 Laredo Art League Show
1990 Río Grande Art Show
1990 Festival de Fundadores, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
1992 Laredo Art League Photography Show
2000 Laredo Art League All Member Show
2002 Laredo Art League All Member Show
2002 International Juried Show, December
2003 March/June All Women Art Show, AnArte Gallery, San Antonio, TX.
2003 Laredo Art League All Member Show, September
2003 International Juried Show, December

“Pieces of My Heart” 2010, TAMIU, Laredo, TX.

2001 November 16-29  “CHICANAS ABRIENDO CAMINOS” Casa de la Cultura, Nuevo Laredo,
2003 January 03-29, Laredo Art League Gallery, Laredo Center for the Arts
2003 Summer, Valenzuela’s Latino Bookstore
2003 December, Café Belloc, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
2004 March 31-April 03, “Chicanas Abriendo Caminos” Nash Gallery, La Mesilla, New Mexico

Studied with Eve Lemmon and Dorothy Parker at Texas Women’s University, Martha Fenstermaker, Blake Carroll and Eva Solis at Laredo
Community College and Mary Quiros, Bob Erdle and Warren Taylor.

Dr. & Mrs. Francisco Peña, Laredo, TX.
Mrs. Rose T. Treviño, Laredo, TX.
Dr. & Mrs. Daniel Sentíes, Beeville, TX.
Mr. & Mrs. Fernando Zuñiga, Laredo, TX.
Mr. & Mrs. Juan Manuel Sentíes, Laredo, TX.
Mrs. Magdalena Alexander, Laredo, TX.
Mr. Rogelio Sentíes, San Antonio, TX.
Dr. & Mrs. David Garza, Laredo, TX.
Mr. Jorge Sentíes, Rancho Tecuanapa, Veracruz
Mr. & Mrs. Raúl Garza, Dallas, TX.
Mr. & Mrs. Bert Herr, McAllen, TX.
Mr. & Mrs. Carlos Madrid, San Antonio, TX.
Ms. Jenny Dean, Shawnee Mission, Ka.

Readings from my book, Soy Como Soy y Que and my plays Alcanzando Un Sueño and La Mala Onda De Johnny Rivera are listed below.
1989 Taller de Arte Renacimiento, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.
1989 Plaza de la Cultura, Nuevo Laredo, Tamps.
December 31, 1989 Noche Bohemia
1991 Laredo Little Theater
Heights Elementary School, Cigarroa High School, Raymond and Tirza Martin High School John B. Alexander High School, Laredo Community College.
November 1, 1992 & 1994 Sin Fronteras Cultural Arts Project, Día de los Muertos, Laredo, TX.

August 1996, Presentation of collection of Soy Como Soy y Que, Laredo Center of the Arts
August 1996, Book Signing at Dillard’s store, Laredo, TX.
December 11, 1996 Casa de la Cultura, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
1996, Noble and Barnes Bookstore, San Antonio, TX.
November 22, 1996 Book Mark Bookstore, Laredo, TX.
September 30, 1996 Casa de la Cultura, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
November 1, 1996 San Antonio Inter-American Book Fair
January, 1997 Casa de la Cultura, Cosamaloapan, Veracruz
1997 Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua
May, 1998 Millennium Bookstore, McAllen, TX.
May, 1998 XEFE Canal 2, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
1998 NACCS Conference, Templo Mayor, Mexico City
Encuentro de Escritores, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, May 1999
Tradiciones, Laredo, TX. 1999, 2001
Día del Río, Laredo Community College, Fall 1999 & 2000
Texas Lutheran College, Seguin, TX. 2000
Inter-American Book Fair, San Antonio, TX.
B. Dalton Bookstore, Laredo, TX. April 2000
Genealogy State Conference, Corpus Christi, August, 2000Association of Retired Teachers Meeting, San Ygnacio, TX. Summer 2000
Texas Book Festival, Austin, TX.  November 11, 2000
March, 2001 Texas A&M at Corpus Chirsti
April, 2001, Tucson, Arizona, NACCS conference
September 20, 2001 POETS AT THE LAKE/POETRY FESTIVAL, Our Lady of the Lake
University, San Antonio, Texas.
October 09, 2001 Tuesday Music and Literature Club, Laredo, TX.
October 18, 2001 Pan American Club, Laredo, TX.
November, 2001 Vidal Treviño Magnet School
November, 2001 Art Gallery in Austin, TX.
July, 2002 TAMIU/ October 26, 2002 LCC Arena Theater  South Texas Writing Project. Reading from Soy Como Soy y Que and play in progress,
Path of Marigolds.
February 2002 Soy Como Soy y Que was used in a Spanish class at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. The students participated in an
online discussion of the book with the author.
March 2002 Online discussion of poem “Soy Como Soy y Que” with Spanish II high school students from Ohio.
March 10, 2003 Reading at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah
April 24, 2003 Talk on The Poetry in Painting and the Painting in Poetry and reading from new collection of poetry “Tour Into Dark Waters” at Texas A&M International University in Laredo.
May 2003, Reading from Soy Como Soy y Que and from play Path of Marigolds for the South Texas Writing Project at Texas A&M International University
September 03 & 15, 2003, Valenzuela’s Latino Bookstore
September 2003, Author’s Panel and Reading at Curriculum Conference Nuestra Cultura in South Padre, Island, TX.
November 19, 2003—Reading at Barnes & Noble in San Antonio, TX.
March, 2004 Reading at Vidal Treviño Magnet School
March 31/April 03, 2004—Author’s Panel, Workshops & Readings at Border Book Festival in
La Mesilla, New Mexico.

READING at Laredo Community College for Hispanic History Month 2013
Presentation of anthology “Entre Guadalupe y Malinche” at the Mexican American Cultural Center, Austin, TX. 2016
Presentation of “The Ones Santa Anna Sold”, TAMIU 2016
Presentation of literary and artistic work at the “X Congreso de Literatura Internacional Chicana y Estudios Latinos” en la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, 2016
PRESENTATION of ART by Ma. de Jesus Castro Dopacio from Spain at TAMIU, 2017

English: speaking, writing, reading, native fluency.
Spanish: speaking, writing, reading, native fluency