© 2019 by Monica Palacios. 

BIO

Monica was selected as the Lucille Geier Lakes Writer-in-Residence at Smith College Spring 2019, sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and the Department of English. Palacios is featured in the new queer documentary: Stand Up Stand Out: The Making Of A Comedy Movement, about the first gay comedy club in the nation in San Francisco 1980s, director David Pavlosky. Monica will premiere her new solo performance: I'm Still Here in San Francisco November 15 & 16, 2019 at Manny's. She continues to tour with her other solo shows, San Francisco Mi Amor!, BROWNER QUEERER LOUDER PROUDER at the Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach; Smith College; University of New Mexico; Galeria de la Raza, San Francisco; University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; University of San Francisco; Williams College; California State University Long Beach; Solo Creation Festival by Son of Semele Theater Los Angeles; Tufts University Drama & Dance Department; Occidental College; and the Encuentro de Las Americas, a Latinx theatre festival at Los Angeles Theatre Center. Monica's play Say Their Names, traveled throughout the U.S. and the United Kingdom with After Orlando, an international theatre action in response to the Pulse Nightclub shooting. Her latest play, I Kissed Chavela Vargas, will be read at Holyoke Community College late October 2019 as part of her fall artist in residency.  I Kissed Chavela Vargas was presented May 2019 at Wistariahusrt Museum, Holyoke, MA, produced by Holyoke Community College and University of Massachusetts, Amherst. IKCV was also presented at the INGENIO Milagro New Play Reading Festival 2017 in Portland. Monica has been developing, I Kissed Chavela Vargas under the mentorship of award winning scholar & director Jorge Huerta. Her play Miercoles Loves Luna was presented at the 10th Annual International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival. She was selected to present her one woman play: Greetings From A Queer Señorita at the International Association of Inter-American Studies Conference, University of Duisberg-Essen, Germany. Monica was selected for a Postdoctoral Rockefeller Fellowship from the Center for Chicano Studies at UC Santa Barbara 2004, where she wrote, directed, produced her play Sweet Peace. Her latest publications: Jota Anthology by Korima Press 2020; Practicing Transgressions by Third Woman Press 2019; Scenes for Latinx Actors: Voices for The New American Theatre by Smith & Kraus Publishers 2018; Pulse/Pulso: In Remembrance of Orlando by Damaged Goods Press 2018; Game Changers, Lesbians You Should Know About by Robin Lowey Press 2017, and IMANIMAN: Poets Writing In The Anzaldúan Borderlands, by Aunt Lute Press 2016. She has received numerous awards for her positive contributions to the Latinx LGBTQ population, most recently March 2017, the City of Los Angeles recognized her for her many decades as a Latinx LGBTQ Trailblazer by Councilmember Mike Bonin. Monica Palacios Day was declared by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on October 12, 2012 for her groundbreaking work as a Chicana lesbian performer.