LMAC: 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 staff and volunteers of LibroMobile, Barrio Writers, and Crear Studio, alongside a community-based advisory board.

More info coming soon!

LibroMobile

Xochitl Vallez, Website Content Manager

Xochitl joined LibroMobile earlier this year 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 &
Event Coordinator

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.

Crear Studio

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).

Advisory Board

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, LibroMobile and Crear Studio.

Manuel G. Galaviz, Advisor

Manny is is a former construction worker, archeologist, and a Doctoral Candidate in Sociocultural Anthropology, specializing in U.S.-Mexico Borderlands Anthropology, at the University of Texas at Austin. He has supported all of LMAC's projects.

David Lopez, Advisor

David Lopez is a writer and librarian from Santa Ana, CA. He has supported LibroMobile since inception and has helped curate programs and events and aided in securing reliable community partnerships.

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.

More info coming soon!

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