I am so pleased and honored to have been invited by the Guild Literary Complex to attend the Kapittel Stavanger International Festival of Literature and Freedom of Speech. It was an incredible cross-cultural experience in Norway. You can read about our experiences on the blog Dispatches from Kapittel.


Named One of Chicago’s 25 Writers to Watch by The Guild Complex!

Our 25th Anniversary benefit, REVEAL, is just two weeks away. Originally, we thought we’d wait for the big day to announce our 25 Writers to Watch—a collaboratively-assembled list of 25 emerging-to-mid career writers whose works are making waves in both Chicago, and around the country. These are some amazing writers, so please join us in congratulating:

Click here for the complete list!

Profiled in the Chicago Sun-Times!

Chicago women who have a lot to say in 140 characters or less

Here is the excerpt:


Feminism. Poetry. Chicago. Celebrating the life of being a brown girl in the city. These are topics near and dear to Erika L. Sánchez, aka the “Latinamisfit.” Like others here, the 29-year-old from West Town is a writer. Her timeline offers a much-needed diversity of perspective. And mirth.

Twitter philosophy: “I like interacting with other women on Twitter. It’s a way to engage in conversations with people who are afar. I talk about food constantly because I’m always hungry. And I do like to promote what I think are important articles about immigration and women issues.”

Appearance on the Jack Gravely Radio Show

Last week I was invited to speak on the Jack Gravely Radio Show. Mr. Gravely wanted to talk about my recent article on NBC Latino about interracial dating and my recent article on the Huffington Post about immigration. He also asked thought-provoking questions about what it means to be an American Latina/o and I answered questions from callers. I had a great time participating and look forward to more radio and (possibly) TV appearances. 

Guild Complex Palabra Pura Reading with Richard Blanco


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Palabra Pura: “Cross-Cultural Latino/a”
07/18/2012 7:30 PM
07/18/2012 9:00 PM
La Bruquena restaurant (upstairs)
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2726 W. Division, Chicago, IL, United States

This evening will showcase two poets with a passion for cross-cultural experiences – poetry that travels.


Francisco Aragón is Director of Letras Latinas, the national literary program of the Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame, and has been a member of the Institute since 2003. He has published, edited or contributed to numerous poetry books and journals and his poems and translations have appeared in various print and web publications. He is a member of Macondo Writing Workshop and serves on the board of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP). He holds degrees in Spanish from the University of California at Berkeley and New York University, and an MA in English and an MFA in creative writing from the University of California at Davis and the University of Notre Dame, respectively.

Featured Poets

Erika L. Sánchez graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Illinois at Chicago, was a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to Madrid, Spain, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Mexico. She is currently a reader for Another Chicago Magazine, a freelance bilingual book reviewer for Kirkus Reviews, and a contributor for The Huffington Post and Mamiverse. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Pleiades, Drunken Boat, Witness, Anti-, Rhino, Hunger Mountain, Crab Orchard Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Copper Nickel, and others. Her nonfiction has appeared in Jezebel, Ms. Magazine, and American Public Media. She is currently working on a memoir and poetry manuscript.

Richard Blanco was made in Cuba, assembled in Spain, and imported to the United States — meaning his mother, seven months pregnant, and the rest of the family arrived as exiles from Cuba to Madrid where he was born. Forty-five days later, the family emigrated once more, eventually settling in Miami where he was raised and educated. His acclaimed first book of poetry, City of a Hundred Fires, which explores the negotiation of cultural identity as a Cuban-American, won the Agnes Starrett Poetry Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press (1998). Since 1999, Blanco has traveled extensively and lived in Guatemala, Brazil, Connecticut, where he was Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Latino Literature, and Washington DC, where he taught at Georgetown and American University. His second book, Directions to the Beach of the Dead continues to explore themes of home, place, and identity (University of Arizona Press, Camino Del Sol Series, 2005). His poems have appeared in major literary journals and anthologies, including The Best American Poetry 2000, Great American Prose Poems, The Breadloaf Anthology of New American Poets, and he has been featured on National Public Radio. Blanco received the John Ciardi Fellowship from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, a Florida Artist Fellowship, and a Residency Fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. A builder of bridges and poems, Blanco earned both a bachelors of science degree in Civil Engineering (1991) and a Master in Fine Arts in Creative Writing (1997) from Florida International University, where he studied with Campbell McGrath.