Benjamin Alire Sáenz, USA

Benjamin Alire Sáenz writes poetry and prose for adults and teens. He has published five books of poetry and was awarded the American Book Award for his collection Calendar of Dust. He also received the 2013 Pen/Faulkner Fiction Award for his short story collection, Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club. Sáenz teaches Creative Writing at the University of Texas at El Paso.

In his novels for young people, Sáenz covers sophisticated and difficult topics, which range from Mexican-American identity issues, to depression, drugs, and crime. For example, in Last Night I Sang to the Monster, a boy struggles to remember his past and define his future while in rehab. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, the first of his young adult novels translated into German, was the recipient of numerous American literary awards. This novel about the trials and tribulations of growing up was, among other honors, nominated for the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis (German Children’s Literature Award) in 2015. Currently, Sáenz is working on a sequel to Aristotle and Dante.

The author will read at the International Youth Library on Monday, July 18th at 9:30am (German reading) and 11:30am (English reading).