Julie Corrales is a first-generation American born to immigrant parents. Raised in City Heights, Julie navigated a world of drugs, gangs and poverty. She became a mother at 15 years old and credits her son and writing with saving her life.
Today, Julie raises two sons, works, writes, studies and remains politically active in San Diego. She draws on her experiences to advocate for and write about Chicano issues. Her essays have been published in The San Diego Union-Tribune and local bilingual publication La Prensa San Diego, and her poetry has been featured on La Bloga, a Chicano literary blog. She performs her poetry and spoken word at various art venues in San Diego.
Her first-born son is an artist, musician, and Political Science major at San Jose State University.