Who am I?

My work is an attempt to figure that out.

I’m a Filipino American poet and multimedia memoirist. I also dabble in obscure, experimental prose that crosses the line between fiction and nonfiction. I like to make people guess.

Apparently she can. Click this thread to view my latest project, writing one poem every day for the entire year 2020. Or, read them on my Instagram story highlights. Or, just read them on this website.

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“We Used to Live There” by Frank Moth. Representative of what it’s like to be me.
MY BEST FRIEND, GLORY.

My name is Michelle Emily Garcia. But you probably know me as @mooopsy.

I’ve been writing forever and if you know anything about me at all, you know that. I was quite literally dubbed the token weird writing kid in elementary school when I’d inundate our family computer with 200+ short stories and bring my “books” to show off during recess. That stuck through high school, too. I graduated from Woodbridge Senior High School, class of 2018 with a Center for Fine and Performing Arts concentration in Creative Writing.

I like the nitty gritty details. I like the raw and grotesque words that bleed. The stuff that normal people look away from– that’s my stuff. I’m shy in person but far from it in my poetry. It’s how I balance.

Fast facts time.

20 years old. Born and raised in a sleepy Northern VA suburb– heaven for wholesome neighborhoods but hell for writers with minds that can’t rest. Third-year senior at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in Blacksburg, VA, my favorite place on earth and probably the entire galaxy. No joke. I’m graduating one year earlier than expected in May 2021 with double BA degrees in English Literature and Language and Communication Science and Social Inquiry, with a minor in Public Health. I want to use my passion for storytelling and art in the realm of health education and advocacy.

I started this website when I was 13 years old. Feel free to time travel through my archives. You’ll be able to read my humiliating coming-of-age poems about middle school boys that didn’t like me back even though I’d slip melodramatic love letters into their lockers. In retrospect, it was probably because of that.

I’m proud of that girl, too.

I don’t like to think of myself as someone that can fit in a singular discipline of thought. My passions intersect and mingle. I can’t make up my mind about one focus because I downright refuse to. Scopes are limiting, and I’m a creature of conflict and contradiction.

Aren’t we all?

If you wanna know me, know Mitski:

From Spotify. Follow me there.

I founded @THISWORLDISSTILL OURS, an Instagram page promoting vulnerability, storytelling, and individual expression. It’s an artistic collective I started during the COVID-19 pandemic as a means of keeping intimacy alive in a time of isolation. It’s now run by two amazing women to whom I am indebted for keeping the movement alive. Check it out here:

Click below to read an article about me published by PW Perspective, a media outlet that showcases the voices and stories of minorities across Prince William County, Virginia. It is a great honor to be featured where my very own roots lie.

Link below.

https://pwperspective.com/2020/07/29/michelle-garcia-writes-daily-opening-up-about-love-loss-and-identity/

Anthem to my existence. You’re welcome in advance.

I draw inspiration from my own chaotic corner of existence, but my literary influences are (in no particular order) Flannery O’Connor, Pablo Neruda, Robert Hass, Jorie Graham, Sarah Kay, Kurt Vonnegut, Anne Carson, Sylvia Plath, and a handful of my creative writing and English professors at VT. I’m lucky to be surrounded by brilliant minds.

This is where the magic happens. Lake Ridge, VA.
This is the poem that changed it all for me. First read in Contemporary Poetry class at VT taught by my favorite professor. From Poetry Foundation.

Passions and interests: horror movies, embarrassingly amateur cooking (follow my adventures here), MUSIC— indie, alternative, and 60s/70s, snail mail with my 30+ pen pals, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and kitschy fashion.

Are We Having Fun yet? Barbara Kruger Photo Collage Postcard Woman ...
By Barbara Kruger. My entire personality.

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