Victor Villaseñor

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Victor Villaseñor
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Villaseñor in 2015.
Born (1940-05-11) May 11, 1940 (age 77)
Carlsbad, California, United States
Occupation Author
Nationality American
Citizenship American
Genre Fiction, Non-fiction
Notable works Macho!
Rain of Gold
Burro Genius: A Memoir
Lion Eyes

Victor Villaseñor is a Mexican-American writer, best known for the national bestselling book[1] Rain of Gold. Villaseñor's works are often taught in American schools. He went on to write Thirteen Senses: A Memoir (2001), a continuation of Rain of Gold. His book Burro Genius: A Memoir (2004) describes his life. The author has received awards and endorsements, including an appointment to serve as the founding Steinbeck Chair at Hartnell College and the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, from February 2003 to March 2004. Lion Eyes, published in 2008, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.[2]


Villaseñor is also a public speaker, giving lectures with his candid perspective on a number of universal themes, including pride in heritage, strength of family, the power of the written word, dedication to education and personal achievement, and world peace.

He founded the non-profit organization Snowgoose Global Thanksgiving to help promote peace and harmony throughout the world. Villaseñor's self-published book, Snow Goose: Global Thanksgiving, describes his philosophy toward that eventuality.

Victor Villaseñor lives on the ranch where he grew up, in Oceanside, California.

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  1. ^ García, Julie Amparano; Manríquez, BJ (2004). "Victor Villaseñor". In Candelaria, Cordelia; García, Peter J.; Aldama, Arturo J. Encyclopedia of Latino Popular Culture, Volume 2. Greenwood. p. 870. ISBN 9780313332111. 
  2. ^ Huard, Ray (15 March 2012). "Local author to speak at fundraiser". North County Times (Escondido, California). Retrieved 24 March 2012. 

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