MEET OUR MEMBERS
What is LibroMobile Arts Co-op (LMAC)?
We are a collective of community organizers, cultural producers, and local artists working collaboratively to form a workers' cooperative. Currently, our active members include contracted workers and volunteers of LibroMobile, Barrio Writers, and Crear Studio, alongside a community-based advisory board.
Through our LM t-shirt fundraiser, we hope to continue to create visibility for our FREE arts programming and pay local artists and writers via workshops, exhibits and live readings, while also establishing ourselves as an artists and workers' cooperative in Santa Ana, California.
More info coming soon!
Xochitl Vallez, Website Content Manager
Xochitl joined LibroMobile in mid 2020 after having ties to its founder and Barrio Writers since 2009. She’s an avid problem solver and always ready with a witty comment.
Marilynn Montaño, Social Media &
Marilynn Montaño is a writer and artist from Santa Ana, California. She is a first generation Chicana. Montaño is a proud daughter of migrant parents from Puebla, Mexico. Also a Crear Studio fellow.
Erin Rubin, Managing Editor
Erin joined LibroMobile after moving to OC from Boston in 2019. She's a writer and editor working with nonprofits and social movements, and runs our book review program, LM Voices.
Selena Pineda, Book Advisor & Inventory Manager
The daughter of immigrants, Selena Pineda is an emerging artist and poet from Santa Ana, Ca. She enjoys exploring public libraries, experimenting with watercolors, and reading poetry.
Gabriel San Román, Arts & Culture
Gabriel is an award-winning multimedia journalist from Anaheim, California. He is the author of "Venceremos: Victor Jara and the New Chilean Song Movement" (PM Press) and co-creator of the 2015/2016 Calendar of Revolt! Also a LMAC advisory board member.
Carla Zárate Suárez, Book Advisor & Graphic Designer
Carla is a graphic journalist and multimedia artist. She began exploring ways of communicating social issues through art when she produced and directed the Documentary San Vicente Ferrer Mission.
Karen Farias, Studio Fellow
Karen Farias is a self-taught artist. Through weekly practice, she keeps developing diverse skills by using the free space to draw and explore her artistic abilities while also challenging herself through mix-media art projects.
Gloria Rivera, Studio Fellow
Gloria is a formally trained painter and sequential storyteller, focusing on representing the human figure and its relationship to nature, and consequently our social dynamics. She attended Laguna College of Art and Design (BFA Illustration, 2013).
Joel Lucas Medina, Advisor
Joel taught English for several years in Peru before returning to the U.S. to pursue his master's degree and teaching credential. He's led workshops at UC Irvine and the CA Association of Teachers of English. He's the Barrio Writers Program Director in OC and currently a high school teacher in Santa Ana.
Manuel G. Galaviz, Advisor
Manny is a former construction worker, archeologist, Barrio Writers writing advisor and recently a PhD scholar in Sociocultural Anthropology, specializing in U.S.-Mexico Borderlands Anthropology, currently a professor in Orange. He is also the host of LibroMobile's first podcast: Scholar Holler.
David Lopez, Advisor
David Lopez is a Queer, Latinx writer and librarian from Santa Ana, CA. He is a former Barrio Writers writing advisor and has supported LibroMobile since inception. Currently, he helps curate programs and events and aiding in securing reliable community partnerships.
Sarah Rafael García, Founder
Sarah is a local writer, community educator, and performance ethnographer. She’s the author of Las Niñas and SanTanas Fairy Tales, co-editor of pariahs and Speculative Fiction for Dreamers as well as founder of Barrio Writers (2009), LibroMobile (2016) and Crear Studio (2017).
* Some LMAC roles/members choose to not have a virtual presence. More details can be provided upon request.