Adela Najarro


Adela Najarro is the author of three poetry collections: My ChildrensSplit GeographyTwice Told Over. Along with her colleagues, Jennifer Fletcher and Hetty Yelland, she edited Fostering Habits of Mind in Today’s Students: A New Approach to Developmental Education. She currently teaches at Cabrillo College as the English instructor for the Puente Project, a program designed to support Latinidad in all its aspects, while preparing community college students to transfer to four year colleges and universities. Her extended family’s emigration from Nicaragua to San Francisco began in the 1940’s and concluded in the eighties when the last of the family settled in the Los Angeles area. She holds a doctorate in literature and creative writing from Western Michigan University, as well as an M.F.A. from Vermont College. Her poetry appears in the University of Arizona Press anthology The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry, and she has published poems in numerous journals, including Porter Gulch Review, Acentos Review, BorderSenses, Feminist Studies, Puerto del Sol, Nimrod International Journal of Poetry & Prose, Notre Dame Review, Blue Mesa Review, Crab Orchard Review, and elsewhere.  She now calls Santa Cruz home. 

  • My Childrens, a chapbook with teaching resources is now available.
  • Split Geography, her first full-length poetry collection is available from Mouthfeel Press.
  • Twice Told Over her second full-length poetry collection is now available from Unsolicited Press.
  • Fostering Habits of Mind in Today's Students: A New Approach to Developmental Educationcan be ordered through Stylus Publications. This volume, co-edited with Jennifer Fletcher and Hetty Yelland, resulted from a Lumina Foundation grant and the collaboration of faculty at Cabrillo College, Hartnell College, and CSU Monterey Bay. 

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