Muia paints a chapter of our continent's history that is tragic and disturbing, but does so with a sense of nuance and generosity that finds the beauty and humanity even in the most brutal events.
Mary Kenagy Mitchell
Editor, Image Journal
A. Muia's current project is a novel-in-stories set in 19th century Baja California. Her work has appeared in The Baltimore Review, The Beloit Fiction Journal, Chicago Review, Faultline, Image Journal, Raleigh Review, The Stockholm Review of Literature, Water~Stone Review, West Branch, AWP's The Writer's Chronicle, and other journals. Her stories have been anthologized in the Orison Anthology, and nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
She facilitates writing workshops with youth in juvenile detention through Underground Writing, and co-founded New Earth Recovery, a nonprofit providing a residential program to those recovering from substance use disorder. For fourteen years she served as a chaplain in the Skagit County Jail, and for many years she worked as an advocate for Mexican immigrant farm workers in Skagit Valley, Washington.
She holds a degree in Spanish language, a master's in teaching English to speakers of other languages, a post-graduate certificate in Writing Literary Fiction from the University of Washington, and an MFA in creative writing from Seattle Pacific University.
Interior, Mission San Francisco de Borja Adac, Baja California. Photo taken by the author.