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A.P.E.X. Events Presents Erika L. Sánchez for Hispanic Heritage Month

Published: September 04, 2019 | Category: Special Events

Erika Sanchez and her book I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican DaughterThe A.P.E.X. first event of the season will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with the poet, novelist, and essayist, Erika L. Sánchez! Her debut young adult novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, is a New York Times bestseller and will be the subject of her A.P.E.X. Event. This event will be held on September 12, at 11:30 a.m., in The Great Hall of SUU’s Hunter Conference Center. All are invited to this free public event.

Erika L. Sánchez is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and has always been determined to defy borders of any kind. A poet, novelist, and essayist, her debut poetry collection, Lessons on Expulsion, was published by Graywolf in July 2017, and was a finalist for the PEN America Open Book Award. Her novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, published in 2017 by Knopf Books for Young Readers, is a New York Times Bestseller and a National Book Awards finalist. She was a 2017-2019 Princeton Arts Fellow, and a recent recipient of the 21st Century Award from the Chicago Public Library Foundation and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry.

Erika graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago, then went onto Madrid, Spain, on a Fulbright Scholarship. After her scholarship, Erika moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico where she received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Mexico.

Erika’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in many prestigious literary journals, including Poets.org, Pleiades, Copper Nickel, Vinyl Poetry, Guernica, diode, Boston Review, ESPN.com, the Paris Review, Gulf Coast, POETRY Magazine, and The New York Times Magazine. Her poetry has also been featured on “Latino USA” on NPR and published in Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poems for the Next Generation (Viking 2015).

Erika has also contributed to a variety of top tier publications, such as Time, The Guardian, NBC News, Rolling Stone, Al Jazeera, Truthout, Salon, BuzzFeed, Cosmopolitan, Jezebel, Her articles have been republished all around the world and have been translated into several languages. She has been profiled by NBC News, PBS, and has appeared on National Public Radio on many occasions. Her essay “Crying in the Bathroom” was published in the anthology Double Bind: Women on Ambition.

"Erika L. Sánchez provides a powerful and sassy voice for young authors! A.P.E.X. Events is proud to bring her to SUU’s campus as our first guest of the 2019-2020 season!” 

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