Reading Tara and the Towering Wave and talking to students about writing, research, military service, and author life at a World Read Aloud Day event at an elementary school.

About me

Reading Tae Kwon Do Test and teaching basic Tae Kwon Do punching, kicking, and board breaking techniques during story time at a public library. 

Having fun visiting classrooms at an elementary school after talking about Stephen Hawking: Get to Know the Man Behind the Theory and answering students' questions. 

Sharing my immigrant experience with high school English Learner students and teaching them creative writing strategies to tell their personal stories in their scholarship and college applications. 

       I'm a proud Filipino American, born and raised in the Philippines. I also lived in England during my middle school years. 

       I earned an MFA in creative writing for children and young adults and a BA in journalism. I write fiction and nonfiction, from picture books and chapter books to middle grade and graphic novels. I received the 2019-2020 Mirrors & Windows Fellowship for indigenous writers and writers of color at the Loft Literary Center, where I'm a teaching artist. I'm a former journalist and educator, a U.S. military veteran, and public relations professional. 

       Besides writing, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, cooking (Food Network fanatic), baking (county fair blue ribbon winner), Taekwondo (2nd degree black belt), supernatural (like Wednesday and Halloweentown) and paranormal TV shows (has gone ghost hunting), and comic cons (owns a cape). I hope to one day write for DC, Marvel, Disney, and Pixar. I also draw and hope to illustrate my own book.

Cristina Oxtra, Children's Book Author