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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Erika L. Sanchez  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: in


-- Twitter -- https://twitter.com/ErikaLSanchez
-- Website -- https://erikalsanchez.com
-- +Sanchez Erika L. Sanchez on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Erika


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, ESPN.com, 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.


Selected Titles At Your Library

I am not your perfect Mexican daughter /
ISBN: 1524700487. OCLC Number: 970033983

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When the sister who delighted their parents by her faithful embrace of Mexican culture dies in a tragic accident, Julia, who longs to go to college and move into a home of her own, discovers from mutual friends that her sister may not have been as perfect as believed.

Lessons on expulsion :
ISBN: 1555977782. OCLC Number: 957021738

. .

"What is life but a cross / over rotten water?" Poet, novelist, and essayist Erika L. Sánchez powerful debut poetry collection explores what it means to live on both sides of the border -- the border between countries, languages, despair and possibility, and the living and the dead. Sánchez tells her own story as the daughter of undocumented Mexican immigrants and as part of a family steeped in faith, work, grief, and expectations. The poems confront sex, shame, race, and an America roiling with xenophobia, violence, and laws of suspicion and suppression. With candor and urgency, and with the unblinking eyes of a journalist, Sánchez roves from the individual life into the lives of sex workers, narco-traffickers, factory laborers, artists, and lovers. What emerges is a powerful, multifaceted portrait of survival. Lessons on Expulsion is the first book by a vibrant, essential new writer now breaking into the national literary landscape.

Lessons on expulsion :
ISBN: 9781555979706. OCLC Number: 993625199

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An award-winning and hard-hitting new voice in contemporary American poetry The first time I ever came the light was weak and carnivorous. I covered my eyes and the night cleared its dumb throat. I heard my mother wringing her hands the next morning. Of course I put my underwear on backwards, of course the elastic didn't work. What I wanted most at that moment was a sandwich. But I just nursed on this leather whip. I just splattered my sheets with my sadness. -from Poem of My Humiliations What is life but a cross over rotten water' Poet, novelist, and essayist Erika L. SAnchez's powerful debut poetry collection explores what it means to live on both sides of the border-the border between countries, languages, despair and possibility, and the living and the dead. SAnchez tells her own story as the daughter of undocumented Mexican immigrants and as part of a family steeped in faith, work, grief, and expectations. The poems confront sex, shame, race, and an America roiling with xenophobia, violence, and laws of suspicion and suppression. With candor and urgency, and with the unblinking eyes of a journalist, SAnchez roves from the individual life into the lives of sex workers, narco-traffickers, factory laborers, artists, and lovers. What emerges is a powerful, multifaceted portrait of survival. Lessons on Expulsion is the first book by a vibrant, essential new writer now breaking into the national literary landscape.

Additional Title Information

  • Lessons on Expulsion

    , Graywolf, 2017

  • I am not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

    , Knopf, 2017


    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

    Speaking Engagement Availability (No)