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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Erika L. Sanchez  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Poetry

Born: in


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.

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Titles At Your Library


-- '''''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