BIO

Venmo: @Monica-Palacios-26.   PayPal: PayPal.Me/GroovyPedestrian

Monica was selected for the Nancy Dean Lesbian Playwriting Award 2021 sponsored by Open Meadows Foundation. Monica is featured in the new queer documentary: STAND UP STAND OUT: The Making Of A Comedy Movement, (winner of Best Documentary Santa Fe Film Festival 2021) about the first gay comedy club in the nation in San Francisco 1980s, director David Pavlosky. Palacios was chosen as the Lucille Geier Lakes Writer-in-Residence at Smith College Spring 2019. She has toured her solo shows:  I'm Still Here, 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, has had readings presented by: Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble, Santa Ana, CA.; Holyoke Community College, MA.; University of Massachusetts, Amherst; INGENIO Milagro New Play Reading Festival Portland; and Los Angeles Theatre Center. 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 received a Postdoctoral Rockefeller Fellowship from UC Santa Barbara 2003-2004, where she wrote, directed, produced her play Sweet Peace. Her latest publications include: Jota Anthology by Korima Press 2021; Practicing Transgressions by Third Woman Press 2021; 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. Monica Palacios Day was declared by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on October 12, 2012 for her groundbreaking work as a Chicana lesbian performer.