Ernesto M. Garay is an award-winning poet, performer, teacher, and social activist. Mr. Garay holds two master’s degrees: one in Comparative Literature and the other in Ethnic Studies. He is a widely published poet in both Spanish and English. As an Ethnic Studies Instructor, Mr. Garay teaches ethnic studies at the Lake County Campus of Woodland Community College. He is also poet in residence at Azure Acres in Sebastopol, leading poetry groups for adults and youth in recovery from alcoholism and/or drug addiction.
Presently, Mr. Garay just finished his book of poetry: Reverberating Voices. It will soon be published by Flower Song Press. Traversing the borders of El Salvador, Nicaragua, Mexico, and California, it speaks about the experience of immigration, racism, healing the spirit, displacement, and love during the Central American civil wars of the 1970s and 1980s.
He is passionate about social justice and advocating for the Latino immigrant community. Immensely creative and accomplished, he inspires us and moves among us with unfailing humility, generosity, and grace.