Geneva Maria Escobedo was raised in Safford, Arizona with four younger brothers.


She completed her B.S. in Business Administration degree from Arizona State University, and a M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix. She retired after a 30-year career in higher education. She was employed at Pima Community College, Seminole Community College in Florida and Arizona State University. She currently resides in Tucson, Arizona.


She has published poems and stories in a women's anthology, and in art and literature magazines. She raised three step-daughters and is blessed with many grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Her first book, Dichos de mi Padre, Sayings of my Father, is a collection of 20 dichos in Spanish with a translation to English. Each dicho (or saying) is followed by a story to relate its meaning.


The stories reflect family values, traditions, spirituality and Mexican culture. Escobedo also discusses her family history and the immigration story of her ancestors.


The book won the 2019 International Latino Book Award for "First Best Book," in the Non-Fiction, English category.