Ella deCastro Baron is a second generation Filipina American born in Oakland and raised in Vallejo, California.  With a BA in English Literature from UC Berkeley, Ella moved to San Diego to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing.  She is a full-time wife and mother of three little ones, a part-time English and Creative Writing instructor at San Diego City College and Brandman University, and an ‘other’-times published writer in publications such as Fiction International, Sunshine Noir, Lavanderia, Mamas and Papas, CityWorks Literary Journal and coeditor of the anthology, Hunger and Thirst.  She hopes to continue being a witness to her ethnic upbringing, her faith, her interracial family, and how it may or may not fit together.  Itchy, Brown Girl Seeks Employment was a finalist for the San Diego Book Awards and is her first book.

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