Demetria Martinez & Santee Frazier
In 1988, activist and writer Demetria Martinez, was tried for conspiracy against the United States for allegedly smuggling Salvadoran refugees into the country. She was acquitted of the charges, which carried a 25 year prison sentence. Her novel, Mother Tongue, winner of a Western States Book Award, is based in part, on this experience.
Her essay collection, Confessions of a Berlitz-Tape Chicana (2005 University of Oklahoma Press) won the 2006 International Latino Book Award. Her novella, The Block Captain’s Daughter (2012 University of Oklahoma Press) won an American Book Award and an International Latino Book Award.
Martinez has two books of poetry: Breathing Between the Lines (1997), and The Devil’s Workshop (2002), both with the University of Arizona Press. She has co-authored a bilingual children’s book, Grandpa’s Magic Tortilla (University of New Mexico), which won a 2011 New Mexico Book Award. Her e-book on immigration reform, These People Want to Work was co-authored with former Oklahoma senator, Fred Harris.
Martinez is the founder and coordinator of Voces de Libertad, a poetry project for detained youth.
Santee Frazier is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He holds a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an MFA from Syracuse University. He is the recipient of various awards including The Truman Capote Scholarship and a Syracuse University Fellowship. His poems have appeared in American Poet, Narrative Magazine, Ontario Review, and various literary journals. Dark Thirty (2009 University of Arizona Press) is his first poetry collection.
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