Reynaldo G. Santa Cruz, Jr.'s first book, "Pulido del Barrio Libre: The Life of Reynaldo M. Santa Cruz" was awarded the Mimi Lozano Best Family Story 2021 Silver Medal by the International Society of Latino Authors (ISLA). This story is a book within a book about his father’s family life, Army service in WW2 and an imaginary baseball game based on real events in the late 1930’s in Tucson.
Santa Cruz was born and raised in South Tucson and graduated from Pueblo High School. He received his Associate of Arts degree from Palo Verde Junior College in Blythe, Calif., and his bachelor’s degree and teaching credential from California State University, Dominguez Hills. He earned his master’s degree from California State University, Fullerton.
Santa Cruz has been a bilingual educator and advocate for more than five decades, serving as bilingual teacher, program director, principal, district/county office administrator and superintendent.
Awards: International Society of Latino Authors (ISLA) 2020 Silver Medal for Best Family Story
Communities: Arizona Author, Tucsonan, Chicano