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Anjela Villarreal Ratliff

Taking Root

photo of plant growing in crack - Taking Root by Anjela Villarreal Ratliff
Seeds, like people, can take root in the harshest of soils; even firmly sprouting through encroaching concrete.

Cultura on Wheels

photo of decorated car - Cultura on Wheels by Anjela Villarreal Ratliff
An auto becomes a traveling canvas for a new level of creative expression.

We the People

photo of artists decorating abandoned walls - We the People by Anjela Villarreal Ratliff
Abandoned walls draw artists and spectators from all backgrounds to participate in true expression without restrictions.


Anjela Villarreal Ratliff’s poetry has appeared in various publications, including Lifting the Sky: Southwestern Haiku & Haiga; Texas Poetry Calendar, Australian Latino Press, Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems; Chachalaca Review, Boundless; riverSedge: A Journal of Art and Literature; San Pedro River Review, Pilgrimage, and is forthcoming in Women in the Southwest: From History to the Frontline; Poems for the Tricentennial – A Poetic Legacy; and Latinas: Protests and Struggles in the 21st Century USA. Her photos have appeared in Australian Latino Press, Pilgrimage Magazine, and San Pedro River Review. A native Tejana, Anjela lives in Austin, Texas.

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