Rafaela Castro was born in Bakersfield, California, but has lived most of her life in the San Francisco Bay Area. She spent two years in Brazil with the Peace Corps before receiving degrees in English Literature, Library Science, and Folklore from U.C. Berkeley. She has lectured in Ethnic Bibliography and Chicano Studies, and recently retired from Shields Library at the University of California, Davis. She is the author to two books, Chicano Folklore, and Provocaciones, Letters from the Prettiest Girl in Arvin.
Annie Ernaux, Vivian Gornick, Kate Simon, Alice Munro, William Faulkner,John Steinbeck, Jorge Amado, Americo Paredes, etc.
Work-in-progress is a novel about a woman's search for her dead mother's lover in the San Joaquin Valley, California.
Chusma House Publications
Oxford University Press
Travel, Writing groups, Writing, Book clubs, Reading, Movies, New Mexico
Doctors Without Borders
Chicana Latina Foundation
Bay Area Rescue Mission
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