Roxana Preciado is an indie author and artist recognized for her work as a poet and activist. Born in Jalisco, Mexico, she immigrated to the US at 4-years-old and has been writing poetry since the age of twelve. Not a Fairytale is Preciado’s first book which recounts her life through poetry. Taken from her childhood journals from 1998-2016, Not a Fairytale recounts the harsh realities of overcoming family tragedy, homelessness, her undocumented status, and learning what life is like without an anchor to parent or country.
Not a Writer, Preciado’s second book, explores such topics as depression, suicide, sexuality, and immigration. Hood Educated is Preciado’s third book, discussing such topics as immigration, social class, higher education, and mental health issues surrounding her life experiences as a person of color. It is an exploration of Preciado’s journey of evolution and healing as she begins the next chapter in her life, and the very difficult process of joining the many disparate parts of her past self into a unified whole.
Preciado uses poetry and her story to support community engagement and activism around DACA and, as a survivor, to raise awareness about violence against women. She often speaks to Latinx and LGBTQ+ youth to help them find their voice and tell their stories. Preciado is completing her graduate degree while continuing her advocacy work for her various communities. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California with her wife and son.