Creative Sonoma

Ernesto Garay

Literature: Poetry; Teacher/Instructor: Teaching Artist for Adults, Teaching Artist for Youth
Ernesto Garay



Ernesto Garay is a poet, performer, teacher, and social justice activist.

Ernesto is a bilingual teaching artist, offering residencies to students in grade 4-12. 

Mr. Garay holds two Masters Degrees: one in Comparative Literature and the other in Ethnic Studies.  He is a poet in Residence at Creative Sonoma, California Poets in the Schools, and Azures Acres, teaching poetry as a form of healing to children, teens and adults living with intersectional vulnerability in schools and organizations in Sonoma County. Currently Mr. Garay is finishing his book of poetry: Reverberating Voices. It speaks about the experience of immigration, racism, healing the spirit, displacement and love while living in San Francisco, California, Mexico, Nicaragua and El Salvador during Central American Civil Wars of the 1970s and 1980s.  His poetry has been published in the DI-VȇrRSέ-City Anthology of the Austin International Poetry Festival, PterodáctiloLa RevistaThe Ethnic Studies Journal and Desde el Epicentro.  

Mr. Garay has also performed and read his poetry in the Bay Area for venues such as MAPP (Mission Arts and Performance Project), Mama’s Art Café, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. He’s also read his poetry in North Bay venues like the Salon for the Arts, the Arlene Francis Center, the De Turk Round Barn, the Finely Center, the Sonoma County Museum, and in Southern California, at the Pitzer College at Claremont University.  He is passionate about justice and advocating for the Latino immigrant community.  Immensely creative and accomplished, he inspires us and moves among us with unfailing humility, generosity and grace.