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- DescriptionIn the tradition of Latin American literature, Saenz believes that poetry should be part of the public discourse and t shunted aside as irrelevant to our country's larger issues. Here he maps out personal, political and spiritual histories. He speaks about political and literary heroes, anti-heroes and everyday people, and he remembers his growing up Chica in the Catholic world of the U.S./Mexico Border. From these elements, he creates a philosophy of speaking publicly as poet. Marketing Plans: Author tour: El Paso, San Francisco, Southwest. Galleys available in May. Novelist, children's writer and poet, Benjamin Alire Senz is at the forefront of the emerging Lati literatures. He is a Lannan Fellow and a recipient of the American Book Award. A frequent speaker throughout the country, he teaches at the University of Texas at El Paso.
- Author BiographyBENJAMIN ALIRE SAENZ was born in his grandmother's house in Picacho, New Mexico--on the outskirts of Las Cruces, New Mexico where Juliana in Hollywood is set. He was the fourth of seven children and was brought up in a traditional Mexican-American Catholic family. His family spoke mostly Spanish at home, and it was only through his education in the public schools that he learned to speak and write in English. He entered the seminary in 1972, a decision that was as much political as it was religious: he was heavily influenced by such Catholic thinkers as Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, Cesar Chavez and the Berrigan brothers. After concluding his theological studies at the University of Louvain, he was ordained a Catholic priest. Three and a half years later, he left the priesthood. At the age of 30, he entered the Creative Writing Program at the University of Texas at El Paso. He later received a fellowship at the University of Iowa, and in 1988, he received a Wallace E. Stegner Fellowship in poetry from Stanford University. In 1993 he returned to the border to teach in the Bilingual MFA program at the University of Texas at El Paso. His most recent book of poetry, Elegies in Blue, was published by Cinco Puntos Press in 2002. This is his first book for young adults.
- Author(s)Benjamin Alire Saenz
- PublisherCinco Puntos Press,U.S.
- Date of Publication01/01/2002
- SubjectPoetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
- Place of PublicationLouisville
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintCinco Puntos Press,U.S.
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight270 g
- Width155 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine10 mm
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