PAT MORA is a renowned writer of poetry, stories for children and nonfiction. Among her many works are the poetry collections Chants(1984), Borders(1986) and Communion(1994). Mora is also the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of over 30 books for children and young adults, including The Bakery Lady La señora de la panadería(2001), My Own True Name(2000), The Gift of the Poinsettia El regalo de la flor de nochebuena(1995), Tomás and the Library Lady< i>, Pablo's Tree< i>, A Birthday Basket for Tía< i>, The Desert Is My Mother El desierto es mi madre(1994), Delicious Hullabaloo Pachanga deliciosa(1998) and Confetti< i>. In 1999, she was the Garrey Carruthers Chair Visiting Distinguished Professor in Honors at the University of New Mexico. An El Paso native and the mother of three grown children, she lives in New Mexico.