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Sylvia Sánchez Garza grew up in Weslaco, Texas, and now lives in Edinburg, Texas, with her husband, sons, and dogs. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and serving the culturally rich and beautiful community of the Rio Grande Valley. As a former teacher and a current school board member, Sylvia values education and is grateful for the opportunities that have been given to her. She holds a B.A. in English, an M.A. in School Administration, and a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies. Cascarones, a Coming of Age novel about the cultures and traditions of growing up as a Mexican American in South Texas, was her first book, published by Floricanto Press. It has won several awards, including a Literary Classics Gold Star, a Texas Authors Award, and a Literary Titan Gold Star. Garza is presently working on a YA novel as well as a poetry manuscript.

Published Works


  • Cascarones, YA novel, published by Floricanto Press

  • “Ojo,” published in an anthology by Penguin Teens 2021  

  • Boundless 2021: The anthology of the Rio GrandeValley International

  • What They Left Behind: An Anthology 2021

  • Awaken! A Poetry Collection Forthcoming 2022

  • “Attack,” published by Unique Poetry

  • “Delusional Dreams,” published by Covid Poetry

  • “Please,” published by Ice Colony, forthcoming

  • “Labores,” published by Ice Colony, forthcoming

  • “Dance,” published by Indian Feminine Review

  • “Remember,” published by ANA Magazine

  • “Spiritless Stone,” published by ANA Magazine

  • “Understand,” published by ANA Magazine

  • "September," published by eris & eros 

  • Wards Literary Magazine



  • March 16, 2019 Weslaco, TX Mayor Joe V. Sanchez Public Library  2 p.m.

  • March 30, 2019 - Brazos Valley Book Festival

  • April 20 - Edinburg, TX Museum of South Texas History 10 - 2

  • April 25 La Joya I.S.D.

  • April 26 STPA

  • 2019 - Galveston Island Book Festival

  • June 15, 2019 - McKinney Book Festival 



Sylvia Sánchez Garza

Cascarones is a young adult bildungsroman, a coming of age story narrated in a non-linear fashion that revolves around a Mexican American family living in the Rio Grande Valley in Deep South Texas.The main character, Suzy, as well as her family and friends are enriched by rich traditions and culture of the region, shaping who she becomes. There are many beautiful people depicted in this novel who helped transform Suzy. The narrative shifts from present to the past to connect readers with cultural traditions that changed through the years. It exposes how Easter was and currently is celebrated in the Rio Grande Valley and growing up during the sixties and seventies as a Mexican American amidst discriminatory undertones.

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  • A Poetry Selection Book

  • A YA Novel

  • A Bilingual Chapter Book