Hola Amigos: A hearty welcome to my website. I try to write in an accessible (understandable) style. I consider myself a “blue collar” writer meaning I wish to write for those who may not have a college education, those who work getting their hands dirty by harvesting produce, using saws and hammers, shovels, paint brushes, screwdrivers, and trowels. I write for domestic workers who serve meals and wash dishes, people who wear work boots, jeans, and uniforms. Please don’t get me wrong, I hope that those with higher educations will appreciate the work of one who has done hard physical labor for many years, one who has made mistakes in his life, one who loves passionately and is willing to share what he has learned.
I invite you to take a look around the website. If you would like to see a piece of my writing then click here (poems are changed frequently), or if you’d like to see where I’ll be doing the next presentation click the events button above. Gourmet Poet tells of my moonlighting gig preparing memorable meals and reciting my poetry.
Life does not have to be a chore. Yes, we have responsibilities to the world and to each other and sometimes they can feel a bit heavy, but we also have the ability to laugh. We have the ability to follow our passions, develop our talents, and share them. We owe it to ourselves and others to live good lives and love each other and have a hell of a lot of fun doing it!
Covering a period of nine years, and by turns funny, heart wrenching and perceptive, Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell is an amazingly detailed story of growing up in California as the children of a Mexican family. In alternating chapters, twin brothers Armando and Fernando document their early years of Catholic school, and in so doing paint a vivid portrait of both their family and the reality of 1950’s west–coast America. By showing us their life from two perspectives, we come to know not only a home that was a brew of California pop culture and the chaotic festive Mexican culture of music, food, laughter and language, but also to understand, and perhaps even savor, the clash with the authoritarian discipline of a group of introspective Anglo–Saxon religious women.
“What a ride!” Armando García-Dávila has written the Mexican-American Odyssey/latest hero’s journey. A boy leaves on a long and dangerous road trip, a man returns. Using the turmoils engulfing America in 1968 (the Vietnam War, conscription, woman’s movement, riots outside the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, assassinations of Martin Luther Jr. and Bobby Kennedy, Southern racism, hippies, drug use) as his backdrop in telling the tale of “The Trip.”
A collection of poems and stories, Armando García-Dávila shows us why he is one of Sonoma County’s best writers as he celebrates his Mexican heritage and grieves his church.
Whether a birthday, anniversary, St. Valentine’s Day, or any occasion you want to celebrate, The Gourmet Poet will come to your home and create a memorable dining experience for you and your guests.
Writer, Poet, Healdsburg Literary Laureate 2002 is available to public and private organizations seeking an effective, inspiring, bilingual: