P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


John Espinoza, 2002

Lecturer, Santa Clara University in California

John Espinoza is the child of immigrants from Mexico

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MFA in Creative Writing at Arizona State University

John Olivares Espinoza is a poet and writing consultant living in San Antonio, Texas with his family.

Born and raised in Southern California, John and his brothers landscaped with his father, a former undocumented immigrant, while his mother, an immigrant of the Bracero program, worked as a special education teacher's aide.

John completed his MFA in creative writing at Arizona State University in 2004. He received his bachelor's degree in creative writing and sociology from the University of California at Riverside.

John has published three volumes of poetry: Gardeners of Eden (2000), Aluminum Times (2002) and The Date Fruit Elegies (2008), which was a finalist for The Northern California Book Award in Poetry. He is also a recipient of a grant from The Elizabeth George Foundation.

  • MFA Creative Writing | Arizona State University 2004
  • BA Creative Writing | University of California, Riverside 2000
Work History
  • Santa Clara University in California, Lecturer
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