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Sharon McElhone is a journalist, columnist, and the author of five books. The Bride’s Daughter, a collection of short stories (2005). Hunger in the Canyon (2006), a collection of poems, was a semi-finalist for the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award competition. “Ciara: Courtship” was a finalist for Atlanta Review’s International Poetry Competition in 2008. State--A Year in the Life of Pallas Villalobos, novel (2010). My Baby Talking Mouth, collection of poems (2011). Hide All Things That Make Her Human, collection of poems (2013). She co-founded Orchard Valley Review, a San Jose State University student run magazine, and co-edited Mary Andrade’s Dia De Los Muertos-A Passion for Life, which won “Best Documentary” at the Los Angeles International Latino Book Awards. Her articles have appeared in La Oferta, Orchard Valley Review, The Cupertino Courier, The Sunnyvale Sun. Her column, entitled "Middle America-Our Engine" can be viewed monthly online at La Oferta. Her fiction has appeared in The New Short Fiction Series 2012 in Los Angeles, Label Me Latina/o Spring 2015 and in the 2017 anthology Basta! (Latino Research Center, University of Nevada, Reno). Notable figures interviewed include Mayor Sam Liccardo, former Mayor Chuck Reed, Former Vice-Mayor and current Supervisor Cindy Chavez, former Vice-Mayor Madison Nguyen, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Rep. Mike Honda, Airforce pilot Kim Campbell, Senator Jim Beall, Rep. Anna Eshoo, Dr. Leah Backhus, Purnima Padmanabhan, Mrs. A from Mrs. A's Famous Salsa, and Supervisor Dave Cortese. She was the keynote speaker for La Rosa, a program dedicated to increasing college attendance among Latina students, and currently serves on the board of the Women's National Book Association. She is half Ecuadorian and half Irish and lives in Silicon Valley with her husband and children. She is working on a memoir related to childcare and a fourth collection of poems.