Sarah Cortez

This author appeared at the 2012 festival. Please view the list of authors appearing at this year's festival or see our suggestions for similar authors below.

Sarah Cortez at the 2012  Texas Book Festival

"Gosh, I loved the colors./ each facet a story/ called forth/ from light." So writes Sarah Cortez in her multi-genre memoir Walking Home: Growing Up Hispanic in Houston, a collection of short stories and poetry inspired by the beauty of a stained-glass window. Each work illuminates the legacy of three generations of Cortez's Tejano heritage, pieced together with her scintillating and inquisitive memories to form a stunning mosaic. She ruminates on the virtue of color and recounts the warm glow of impending motherhood in a seamless fusion of the two genres. Cortez is the author of How to Undress a Cop and winner of the PEN Texas Literary Award in Poetry. She has edited Windows into My World: Latino Youth Write Their Lives, winner of a 2008 Skipping Stones Honor Award, and several of her poems have been awarded special commendation. She lives and works in Houston.

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