08-2017 PT Shorts – Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Saturday Aug. 5 - 7:30 pm - Benjamin Alire Sáenz writes Latino fiction crossing the bridge between nations and cultures

KCPT Playhouse, 419 Washington Street, Port Townsend. Free admission.

Benjamin Alire Sáenz was born and raised on a small farm in New Mexico. He attended college in California. At Stanford University under the guidance of Denise Levertov, he completed his first book of poems, Calendar of Dust, which won an American Book Award in 1992. Before completing his PhD at Stanford, he moved back to the border and began teaching at the University of Texas at El Paso in the bilingual MFA program.

Benjamin's first novel, Carry Me Like Water is a saga that brings together the Victorian novel and the Latin American tradition of magic realism.

In The Book of What Remains (Copper Canyon Press, 2010) Benjamin writes to the core truth of life's ever-shifting memories. Set along the Mexican border, the contrast between the desert's austere beauty and the brutality of border politics mirrors humanity's capacity for both generosity and cruelty.


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