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Writer, Poet, Essayist Erika L. Sánchez Gives Public Reading at CWU on May 7

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Acclaimed young adult novelist and poet Erika L. Sánchez will visit Central Washington University on May 7 for a public reading and craft talk.

Sánchez, author of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter (Knopf, 2017), nominee for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature and an instant New York Times bestseller, and Lessons on Expulsion (Graywolf, 2017), will hold a craft talk from noon to 1 p.m., followed by a public reading of her works at 6 p.m. Both events will be in the Brooks Library Second Floor Commons.

Sánchez is currently a 2017-2019 Princeton Arts Fellow, and a recipient of the 21st Century Award from the Chicago Public Library Foundation, an essayist, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. Her poems have appeared in prestigious literary journals including, Pleiades, Copper Nickel, Vinyl Peotry, Guernica, diode, Boston Review,, the Paris Review, Gulf Coast, POETRY Magazine, and The New York Times Magazine.

When not writing, Sánchez is an enthusiastic advocate for young women everywhere, and speaks about the rights and experiences of undocumented immigrants and young people of color, using her platform and her journey as a writer to encourage her audiences to tell their own stories.

Her appearance, part of the annual Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series, is sponsored by the Humanities Washington, CWU College of Arts and Humanities, CWU Dept. of English, Brooks Library, Multimodal Education Center, Karen Gookin, CWU Museum of Culture and Environment, CWU Wildcat Shop and CWU Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

For more information about the Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series, contact Lisa Norris, Department of English, 509-963-1745, For more information on this speaker please visit



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