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Classical 91.7-Arte Público Press Author of the Month: Sarah Cortez

Author Sarah Cortez has been selected as this month’s Classical 91.7/Arte Público Press Author of the Month. In the next installment of a series of monthly features, and in anticipation of her May 8th appearance at Murder by the Book, Classical 91.7’s Eric Ladau spoke with Ms. Cortez.


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A groundbreaking anthology of short fiction by Latino writers, Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery, features an intriguing and unpredictable cast of sleuths, murderers and crime victims.  The authors of stories featured in Hit List include Lucha Corpi, Carolina García-Aguilera, Rolando Hinojosa, John Lantigua, Manuel Ramos, and Sergio Troncoso, as well as emerging writers who deserve more recognition.

The Hit List CoverThe anthology contains a foreword by Ralph E. Rodriguez, Ph.D., author of Brown Gumshoes: Detective Fiction and the Search for Chicana/o Identity (University of Texas Press, 2005).

Editor SARAH CORTEZ, a poet, educator, and law enforcement officer, is the author of a poetry collection, How to Undress a Cop (Arte Público Press, 2000), which won the PEN Texas Literary Award in Poetry. She edited Windows into My World: Latino Youth Write Their Lives (Piñata Books, 2007), which won a 2008 Skipping Stones Honor Award. She lives and works in Houston, Texas.

Editor LIZ MARTÍNEZ, a New York State investigator, has published short stories in numerous anthologies and magazines, including Manhattan Noir (Akashic Books, 2006) and Police Officer’s Quarterly. She lives and works in New York City.

Friday, May 8, 2009 — 6:30 pm
Murder By The Book
2342 Bissonnet
Houston, TX 77005
Contact: David Thompson,, 713.524.8597
Meet authors Sarah Cortez, Lucha Corpi, Bertha Jacobson, and Arthur Muñoz

Arte Público Press is the nation’s largest and most established publisher of contemporary and recovered literature by U.S. Hispanic authors. Based at the University of Houston, Arte Público Press, Piñata Books and the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage project provide the most widely recognized and extensive showcase for Hispanic literary arts and creativity. For more information, please visit

In the next installment of a series of monthly features, Classical 91.7’s Eric Ladau spoke with Ms. Cortez about her works.