Benjamin Alire Sáenz


Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Author of The Inexplicable Logic of My Life, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Last Night I Sang to the Monster, and Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood

Bio: Benjamin Alire Sáenz­ is a novelist, poet, essayist and writer of children's books. He was born in 1954 in his grandmother's house in Old Picacho, a small farming village in the outskirts of Las Cruces, New Mexico in 1954. He graduated from high school in 1972, and went on to college and became something of a world traveler. He studied philosophy and theology in Europe for four years and spent a summer in Tanzania. He eventually became a writer and professor and moved back to the border—the only place where he feels he truly belongs. He is an associate professor in the MFA creative writing program at the University of Texas at El Paso, the only bilingual creative writing program in the country. Ben Sáenz considers himself a fronterizo, a person of the border. He is also a visual artist and has been involved as a political and cultural activist throughout his life.

Website: simonandschuster.com/authors/Benjamin-Alire-Saenz
Ben's Twitter: @BenjaminAlireSa   
Teacher's Guide: Reading Group Guide for Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Awards and Honors: Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood (TAYSHAS Reading List, 2005-2006); Last Night I Sang to the Monster (TAYSHAS Reading List, 2010); Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (TAYSHAS Reading List, 2013); Spirit of Texas Reading Program-High School Author, 2014

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