Tapia: feminine noun originating in Seville, Spain meaning “an adobe, patio or garden wall.” GardenWall Publications was founded in 2006 by Allena Tapia, a communications specialist, mother and perpetual student currently living in Grand Ledge, Michigan. She was born and raised in Detroit before moving to the Lansing area when her mother became a Spartan. She eventually made her way to Michigan State University herself, majoring in English with cognate minors in Spanish and Education. She began her word-oriented career editing and writing full time for both Michigan State and the local community college before founding GWP LLC. In addition to her husband and two kids, her current menagerie includes three cats, two dogs, two bunnies and a hundred-year old historic Queen Anne house close to the banks of the Grand River. Her future includes several MOOC courses, getting her children through college (MSU? UM?), owning a horse, visiting the Alhambra in Spain and someday retiring to México with her beloved husband.

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