Daniel García Ordaz is the author of Cenzontle/Mockingbird: Songs of Empowerment (FlowerSong Books, 2018) and You Know What I'm Sayin'? (El Zarape Press, 2006). He is a teacher, song-writer, former journalist, photographicationisticator, and word-maker-upper. Daniel was one of five authors and the only poet chosen to participate in the Texas Latino Voices project in 2009 by the Texas Center For The Book, the state affiliate of the Library of Congress. He has also been a featured reader at numerous literary events, including the Dallas International Book Fair. He is also a founder of Art That Heals, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to the mission of encouraging cultural literacy in the Rio Grande Valley by promoting the arts and using art to help bring an end to the AIDS pandemic. García Ordaz also is a founder of the Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival and served in the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from The University of Texas-Pan American. García Ordaz lives in the Rio Grande Valley of deep South Texas with his wife, Gina, and their children where he continues to teach write, sing, and spend time in front of a crowd as often as he can.