Erika L. Sanchez

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General Information

Name: Erika L. Sanchez

Pen Name: None

Genres: Poetry, Fiction

Born: in



Email: N/A

Illinois Connection

Sanchez was raised in Cicero, a suburb of Chicago. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She currently resides in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Erika L. Sanchez is a poet, novelist, and essayist. She is the daughter of Mexican immigrants. Her nonfiction has been published in Al Jazeera, Cosmopolitan,, the Guardian, NBC News, Rolling Stone, Salon, and elsewhere. She has received a CantoMundo Fellowship, a Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship to Madrid, Spain, and a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. She is a 2017-2019 Princeton Arts Fellow.

Sanchez was the sex and love advice columnist for Cosmopolitan for Latinas for three years, and her writing has appeared in Rolling Stone, Salon, and the Paris Review.

Published Works

  • Lessons on Expulsion, Graywolf, 2017
  • I am not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, Knopf, 2017

Titles at Your Library

Literary Awards

Lessons on Expulsion

  • Starred Review, Library Journal

I am not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

  • Bestseller, New York Times
  • Starred Review - School Library Journal
  • Starred Review, The Bulletin
  • Starred Review, Shelf Awareness
  • Finalist, National Book Award

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (No)

External Links

+Sanchez Erika L. Sanchez on WorldCat


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