Michele Serros was born in Oxnard, California on February 10, 1966. She started her career as a Los Angeles-based spoken word artist, who in 1994 was chosen as one of 12 poets to tour with Lollapalooza. Her first book, Chicana Falsa and Other Stories of Death, Identity and Oxnard, was published in 1994 while she was a community college student. Her other books include How to Be a Chicana Role Model, Honey Blonde Chica, and ï¿½Scandalosa! She spent a year as a staff writer on The George Lopez Show and was a regular commentary contributor for National Public Radio. She died from a rare form of oral cancer on January 4, 2015 at the age of 48.