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Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Sáenz at the 2016 Texas Book Festival
August 16, 1954 |
Doña Ana County, New Mexico, USA
|Genre||Novels, short stories, poetry, young adult literature|
|Subject||Hispanic and Latino American culture, LGBT|
|Notable works||Carry Me Like Water, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, The Inexplicable Logic of My Life, Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club|
|Notable awards||American Book Award (1992)
PEN/Faulkner Award (2013)
Benjamin Alire Sáenz (born August 16, 1954) is an American poet, novelist, and writer of children's books.
Early life and education
Sáenz was raised near Las Cruces, New Mexico. He earned a BA in Humanities and Philosophy from St. Thomas Seminary in Denver, Colorado and a MA in creative writing from the University of Texas at El Paso. He continues to live and work in El Paso, Texas. After 15 years of marriage to his wife, an El Paso family court judge, he came out as gay, and they filed for divorce in 2009.
Sáenz was 54 when he came out. In an interview, he confirmed that he had struggled with this topic for a long time and that he saw writing as a way to overcome it.
In 2013, Benjamin Alire Sáenz became the first Latino to win the prestigious PEN/Faulkner Book Award for Fiction with Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club.
On October 29th 2022, Mr. Sáenz will receive the Inaugural Hummingbird Award in Literary Arts from the Tulsa City-County Library. This event is hosted by the Tulsa City-County Library and the Hispanic Resource Center.
- Wallace E. Stegner Fellowship, poetry
- 1992 American Book Award, for Calendar of Dust
- Lannan Poetry Fellowship 1993
- Carry Me Like Water, Southwest Book Award 1996 (Border Regional Library Association)
- Dark and Perfect Angels, Southwest Book Award 1996 (Border Regional Library Association)
- Grandma Fina and Her Wonderful Umbrellas, Best Children's Book 2000, Texas Institute of Letters
- Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood, Americas Book Award, the Paterson Book Prize, the J Hunt Award, Finalist Los Angeles Book Prize, BBYA Top Ten Books for Young Adults
- He Forgot to Say Goodbye. Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award, Southwest Book Award (Border Regional Library Association), Chicago Public Library, Best of the Best Books for Teens, New York Public Library Stuff for the Teen 2009, Commended Title, Americas Book Award 2009
- A Perfect Season for Dreaming, Best Children's Book, Friends of the Austin Public Library 2008 (Texas Institute of Letters), Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year 2008, Kirkus Review 2008 Notable Books for Children, Paterson Book Prize
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Stonewall Book Award; Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children's and Young Adult Literature Award, 2013; Honor Book, Michael L. Printz Award, 2013; Pura Belpré Award, 2013.
- Carry Me Like Water, Hyperion, 1995
- En el tiempo de la Luz, Rayo/HarperCollins 2006
- Last Night I Sang to the Monster, Cinco Puntos Press 2009
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2012
- The Inexplicable Logic of My Life, Clarion Books, 2017
- Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2021
- A Perfect Season for Dreaming, Cinco Puntos Press 2008.
- The Dog Who Loved Tortillas, Cinco Puntos Press 2009
- "To the Desert," "Resurrections," Twentieth Century American Poetry (2004), edited by Dana Gioia, McGraw Hill ISBN: 0-07-240019-6
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