Writer: prose, poetry, songs and fiction
| One of ZO’s First Judges for our 2014 Poetry Expo
We all really loved the rhythmic poetry that Mario shared at ZO’s live launch at The Tropics in Hollywood, CA
Mario René Padilla is a writer of prose, poetry and songs. His poetry and fiction have appeared in North American Review, The Antioch Review, New Letters, Alligator Juniper, The Ledge, INKWELL Magazine, Americas Review, Atlanta Review, Visions International. His first collection of poetry, Reaching Back for the Neverendings, appeared in 1994. He wrote the music and lyrics for Hercules on Normandie in 2006 at the Greenway Court Theater. His unpublished manuscript of poetry, Postcards on the Invented Road, has been a recent finalist in book awards: Red Hen Press, Crab Orchard Review and Silverfish Review’s Gerald Cable Book Award. He earned his M.A. in English from Loyola Marymount and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from U.S.C. He teaches Creative Writing and English literature at Santa Monica College in California.