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Mary Olivia Patiño:  San Antonio Author, writer, poet. 


                                                              We Write to Remember!

Born in the Texas Valley and raised in San Antonio, where the riverwalk draws yearly visitors, I draw inspiration from nature, travel, and photography.  

A writer's journey takes us to diverse settings, where creative writing allows our memories to surface and express what matters most to us.    

Author of Moments of Grace:  A Collection of Poetry Inspired by Faith.

My poem,  'San Juan Capistrano' was enacted in Blessing of Our Beginnings Celebrating 10,000 Years, a choral production developed by Dr. Carmen Tafolla, San Antonio's first Poet Laureate.

My work has been published in various venues, including Story Circle Journal and Story Circle True Words.

Please contact me if you'd like for me to give a presentation to your group (i.e., Senior's Group, writing group, or faith group).

My writing roots

Entranced by the stories and myths told to me during my childhood, I yearned to hear about the people who shaped my history and spirituality.   I'd take notes while my mother shared her own childhood memories of the people and struggles in her life. 

Our family history was too valuable to forget, so I wanted to write it down.

My style


Sighs, smiles, and generous 

supply of words,

Retrieve memories

that linger on

beyond the years

Which song or 

cherished photograph

shall I draw upon

to write my dearest valentine

a tiny poem of love.


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