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Pat Mora

Mexican American poet, children's writer

1942   -  

country of citizenship: United States of America
educated at: University of Texas at El Paso
occupation: writer, children's writer
award received: Latino Book Awards, Tomás Rivera Award, Américas Award

Pat Mora (born January 19, 1942 in El Paso, Texas) is an American poet and author of books for adults, teens and children. Her grandparents came to El Paso from northern Mexico. A graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso, she received Honorary Doctorates from North Carolina State University and SUNY Buffalo, and is an Honorary Member of the American Library Association. A literacy advocate, in 1996, she founded Children's Day, Book Day, in Spanish, El día de los niños, El día de los libros now celebrated across the country each year on April 30.
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