Lucha Corpi was born in Jáltipan, Mexico. As a young woman, she trained to be a dentist before immigrating to the United States in 1964 with her husband, who was enrolled at the University of California–Berkeley. The couple divorced in 1970. Corpi went on to earn a BA at UC Berkeley and an MA from San Francisco State University. She has said she began writing poetry after her divorce and has explored genres as diverse as children’s literature, memoir, and mystery novels.
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