Viola Canales

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Viola Canales
Born (1957-04-21) April 21, 1957 (age 60)
Nationality American
Partner Pamela S. Karlan

Viola Canales (born 21 April 1957) is an American writer originally from McAllen, Texas.[1] She has published a short story collection, Orange Candy Slices and Other Secret Tales (2001),[2] and a novel, The Tequila Worm (2005)[3] for which she won the Pura Belpré Award in 2006.[4] 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).[5]


Canales attended St. Stephen's Episcopal School in Austin, Harvard College, and Harvard Law School.[6]


She has been a captain in the US Army, a litigator, and an official in the Clinton Administration.[6] She is currently a lecturer at Stanford Law School, where she teaches courses that combine law and fiction writing.

Personal life[edit]

Her partner is U.S. Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Voting Rights in the United States Department of Justice Civil Division, Pamela Karlan.[7]


  1. ^ "Viola Canales Collection Summary". Kerlan Collection. University of Minnesota Libraries. 2006. Retrieved 4 May 2008. 
  2. ^ "Publisher's Review: "Orange Candy Slices and Other Secret Tales" by Viola Canales". Arte Público Press. 2001. Retrieved 4 May 2008. 
  3. ^ "About This Book". Random House, Inc. 2005. Retrieved 4 May 2008. 
  4. ^ "Raul Colón, Viola Canales win Pura Belpré Awards". Press Releases. American Library Association. 23 January 2006. Archived from the original on 3 April 2008. Retrieved 4 May 2008. 
  5. ^ Marcos, The MFA in Creative Writing Program at Texas State University-San. "Front Porch Journal". Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  6. ^ a b "The Beauty of Beans: A Mexican-American girl grows up". Harvard Magazine. Harvard University. January 2006. Retrieved 4 May 2008. 
  7. ^ Jean Ann, Esselink (29 December 2013). "On our radar – An overdue thank you to Pamela S. Karlan". The New Civil Rights Movement. Retrieved 23 March 2015.