The Michele Serros Collection


Author Michele Serros was born in Oxnard in 1966 and died of salivary gland cancer in Berkeley in 2015. She attended Rio Del Valle Elementary School, Rio Mesa High School, and Santa Clara High School. Michele enrolled at Ventura College, Santa Monica City College, and later, UCLA, earning her B.A., cum laude in Chicana and Chicano Studies in 1996. Michele published her first novel, Chicana Falsa and Other Stories of Death, Identity and Oxnard in 1994 as a student at Santa Monica City College. Two years later, there would be an audio version on CD. Serros was also selected in 1994 to travel nationally with the touring music festival, Lollapalooza. Her second novel, How To Be A Chicana Role Model, was published in 2000. In 2002, Michele was hired as a staff writer for the first season of the George Lopez Show. She was also chosen by PEN Center USA to write and perform an original piece honoring John Steinbeck. In 2004, she signed with Simon and Schuster to write Honey Blonde Chica, 2007 and its sequel, Scandalosa!, 2008. Michele was a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Marie Clare, Ms. Magazine, CosmoGirl, and provided satirical commentaries for National Public Radio. Please review the finding guide here (search on "This Collection") and use One Search on the library's main page for the Archivesspace finding guide. The collection was donated by the family of Michele Serros and consists of artifacts, correspondence, documents, ephemera, and photographs. Please visit the permanent exhibit in Rush Hall.

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