Born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, Xavier Garza is a prolific author, artist, and storyteller whose work frequently focuses on his experiences growing up in the small border town of Rio Grande City. He graduated from the University of Texas-Pan American in 1994 with a BFA in Art and has exhibited his art and performed his stories in venues throughout the United States. He is the author of numerous books for kids, including Just One Itsy Bitsy Little Bite / Sólo una mordidita chiquitita, Vincent Ventura and the Mystery of the Chupacabras / Vincent Ventura y el misterio del chupacabras, The Donkey Lady Fights La Llorona and Other Stories / La señora Asno se enfrenta a la Llorona y otros cuentos, and Maximilian and the Lucha Libre Club. He’s appearing at the Festival this year to talk about Vincent Ventura and the Mystery of the Witch Owl / Vincent Ventura y el misterio de la bruja lechuza and Maximilian & the Curse of the Fallen Angel. He lives with his family in San Antonio.
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