|Born||April 21, 1957|
|Partner||Pamela S. Karlan|
Viola Canales (born 21 April 1957) is an American writer originally from McAllen, Texas. She has published a short story collection, Orange Candy Slices and Other Secret Tales (2001), and a novel, The Tequila Worm (2005) for which she won the Pura Belpré Award in 2006. She has also written a bilingual collection of poems, The Little Devil and the Rose: Lotería Poems / El diablito y la rosa: Poemas de la lotería (2014).
She has been a captain in the US Army, a litigator, and an official in the Clinton Administration. She is currently a lecturer at Stanford Law School, where she teaches courses that combine law and fiction writing.
Her partner is U.S. Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Voting Rights in the United States Department of Justice Civil Division, Pamela Karlan.
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