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– Member Biography –



James Vasquez



Educational History:


B.A. University of Redlands, CA (With Distinction)

M. Div. Fuller Theological Seminary, CA

M. A. Educational Psychology, UCLA

Ph. D. Educational Psychology, UCLA


Professional History:


1962-67 Mission work with the Latin American Mission, Costa Rica and Colombia

1968-73 Teacher, Los Angeles Public Schools

1973-75 Far West Laboratory for Educational Research, San Francisco, CA

1975-02 Faculty and administration, University of Washington, Seattle, WA


Family History:


I am the ninth of ten children raised by my parents, both of Mexican American ancestry.  I was raised in southern California (El Monte, Basset, Pasadena) and attended Pasadena public schools. After high school I served in the military (82d Airborne Division) for just short of three years. Along with writing, my loves are family (ten grandchildren), classical music and sports. (Go Lakers, Trojans, Bruins and yes, Huskies!)


Current Writings:


Since retirement I have devoted myself to writing rhymed, metered poetry, mostly based on Biblical accounts.  I have published over 300 poems, including five books, “Women of the Bible: Their Stories in Verse,” (45 poems, c. 2009), “Men Who Knew Jesus Well,” (49 poems, c. 2009), “Prophets of the Old Testament, (51 poems, c. 2009), “Words Jesus Spoke – In Verse” (67 poems, c. 2010), and “The Psalms – In Verse” (150 poems, c. 2011). The poems have been given over a dozen awards, including several Master Poet awards from the Society of American Poets. I am pleased to have done many public readings of my poems.


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