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Interview with Sarah Cortez by Cindi Huyser, Bookwoman, Austin, TX


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Impressions of Hurricane Harvey

Thanks to the editors of Literal Magazine for featuring Hurricane Harvey impressions from some of Houston's Latino authors. I was thinking in paragraphs and writing in free verse. Thank God for our wonderful community of helpful and sharing citizens. Click here for the full piece. 
 


NFPW interviews

NFPW interviews Sarah Cortez about her winning work and why she joined NFPW. 

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Sarah Cortez wins Press Women of Texas 2017 award for editing  Click here to read the story.  


Thanks to Alyson Ward of the Houston Chronicle for the glowing review of by book Vanishing Points: Poems and Photographs of Texas Roadside Memorials (Texas Review Press, 2016).  Click here to read the complete review.


December and January are busy months for St. Nick and for me.  I'll be appearing seven times across the state promoting Vanishing Points: Poems and Photographs of Texas Roadside Memorials (Texas Review Press, 2016).  Click here for the dates and times.  


Thanks for Katherine Hoerth and the Tupelo Review for this glowing review of Goodbye, Mexico: Poems of Remembrance (Texas Review Press, 2015).  Click here for the review.  


University of Houston Giving Magazine - Thank you for sharing such an extensive interview.  I'm honored to be an alum.  Click here for the complete interview.


Thanks to my editing client, Mel Anderson, grand-prize winner in the 3rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published e-Book Awards for her memoir, Eleven Regrets (Little Bear Publications, 2015).  She mentions my services in this long-form interview in Writer's Digest.  Mel said, “If I were to do it over again, I’d definitely still hire a professional editor for the final manuscript. My final editor, Sarah Cortez, was so helpful for finishing touches, lingering questions and typos.” Click here for complete interview.


Thank you, Dr. Octavio Quintanilla, for your perceptive review of Goodbye, Mexico: Poems of Remembrance in the  Spring, 2016 edition of Southwest American Literature.  Dr. Quintanilla teaches Literature and Creative Writing in the M.A./M.F.A. program at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX.  Click here for the complete review.  


Sarah was interviewed by Lone Star Literary Life publisher, Kay Ellington, in their First Anniversary issue on January 3rd, 2016.  Click here for the complete interview.  


Sarah will appear at the LSC - Montgomery 25th Annual Emily Dickinson birthday celebrations on December 10th, 2015.  She will be reading a poem before the luncheon.  Click here for complete details.  

Learn about my guilty pleasure - TACOS!  Texas Monthly, December 2015.  Read the article in the magazine.  

Texas Book Festival, Austin, October 17 - 18th, selects Sarah as a Featured Author.  Visit her calendar page for exact times and locations where she will be selling and signing her books. Click here for the full release.  

Sarah joins Dr. Nicholás Kanellos, founder and director of Arte Público Press, and authors Gwendolyn Zepata and Manuel Ramos to discuss, Exploring Latino Literature at the Ft. Bend Library, October 15, 2015.  Click here for the story.  

Sarah runs workshop at The Permian Basin Writers' Workshop in Midland, TX, Sept. 18-19, 2015.

Lone Star College - Montgomery hosts a community discussion of Goodbye, Mexico: Poems of Remembrance on Thursday, Sept. 24th.   

Sarah headlines WordFest at the Waco Cultural Arts Festival, September 25th - 27th. 

Join Sarah and other respected Texas authors at the Permian Basin Writers' Workshop.  Friday, September 18th, and Saturday, September 19th, 2015.  

Goodbye, Mexico: Poems of Remembrance (Texas Review Press, 2015), reviewed by Ed Conroy of the San Antonio Express-News "In this time when Texans are polarized on how to respond best to the ongoing humanitarian, political and economic crises in our neighbor Mexico, Houston peace officer-turned-poet Sarah Cortez has assembled some of North America’s finest bards to call to mind and heart again the Mexico they once knew and loved. […]
With such a license, the poets produced a wonderfully varied array of works evoking subjects both classically surreal (such the wandering woman spirit la llorona in all her horrific power and of course painter Frida Kahlo) and naturally classical (evocations of pyramids, monarch butterflies in Morelia, the white sands of Mazatlan)."

Goodbye, Mexico: Poems of Remembrance (Texas Review Press, 2015), Finalist in the 2014 International Latino Book Awards. 

On Wednesday, November 5th, 7:00 PM at the University of Houston, Center for Mexican-American Studies, I'll be speaking about Spiritual Memoir and reading from my memoir, "Walking Home: Growing Up Hispanic in Houston".  Click here for more information.

Our Lost Border: Essays on Life Amid the Narco-Violence (Arte Publico Press, 2013) wins a 2013 Southwest Book of the Year award from the Border Regional Library Association and the International Latino Book Awards 2013 award for best Non-Fiction Latino-Focused (Bilingual) book.

Sarah Cortez teaches at the Pima Writers Institute in Tucson, AZ, May 29 - June 1, 2014. 

Our Lost Border: Essays on Life Amid the Narco-Violance named one of the 14 Must-Read Books of Chicago Literature by Rigoberto González in BuzzFeed Books.   

Prime time on The Pursuit Channel!  Click here for information  We’re on this Friday, Feb. 14, 8:00 pm CST, and across the country, discussing with other law enforcement professionals a simulated crime in progress and our views on how to proceed.  On cable and streamed.

Sarah Cortez at TEDxHouston - presenting on WRITING YOUR SPIRITUAL LEGACY.  10 minute video.

CBS selects Sarah Cortez as one of the top poets in Houston.

Ray Foster of American Heros Radio interviews Sarah about her 19 years of police work and her newest book, Cold Blue Steel.Listen To Poetry Internet Radio Stations with AmericanHeroesRadio on BlogTalkRadio.

Greg Flakus of Voice of America interviews Sarah Cortez and her work as a poet-cop.  "Police are not generally known for their genteel manners and skill at creating metaphors.  But many cops, aspolice officers are known, have written books influenced by their law enforcement work.  Still, you don't find many award-winning poets among them and not all that many females.  A woman in Houston, Texas has made her way both as a cop and a lyric poet."  VIDEO INCLUDED.

Ed Conroy of the San Antonio Express News reviews Cold Blue Steel, "Sarah Cortez is in a category by herself.  She is the only professional Latina writer of whom I have knowledge who is also a peace officer, fully familiar with all the gritty realities such a job entails in daily life...Out of that service she has found the inspiration to write a series of remarkable poems that jolt the reader awake to realities usually ignored."

Rattle reviews Cold Blue Steel by Jeffery Altier.

Sarah to be featured speaker at Rice Alumni Writers Speakers Series, November 19, 2013, featuring Cold Blue Steel.

David Bowles of The Monitor reviews Cold Blue Steel, "In unflinching, densely-packed verse that sparkles with indelible phrasings, Cortez takes us from rookie training to routine law enforcement and then into the garish, violent world of vicious crime."

Maggie Galehouse, Books Editor of The Houston Chronicle interviews Sarah and discusses Cold Blue Steel and police work. 

C. M. Mayo in Literal describes Our Lost Border: Essays on Life Amid the Narco-Violence as "a treasure trove of one dozen personal essays, deserves to be celebrated, read and discussed in every community in North America".

The American Library Association's Booklist gives Cold Blue Steel an outstanding review.

Ed Conroy of the San Antonio Express-News gives Our Lost Border a great review.

Charles Ealy of the Austin American Statesman writes about new Texas books and Our Lost Border.

David Bowles of The Monitor (who lives and works in the border area) weighs in favorably on Our Lost Border.

Great review for Our Lost Border from Kirkus.

From Publishers Weekly, who rarely review essay collections, a glowing review for Our Lost Border.

Sarah Cortez to speak at St. Mary's College, South Bend IN, April 9, 2013

Keddy Outlaw's Blog features Walking Home: Growing Up Hispanic in Houston and an interview with Sarah. 

The Houston Chronicle highlights new books from Houston authors in this article Bayou City Becoming Book City, March 13, 2013.  Sarah's Cold Blue Steel (Texas Review Press, July 2013) is featured.

Scott Wiggerman reviews Walking Home: Growing Up Hispanic in Houston in the journal Texas Books in Review.

The Chronicle examines Hispanic life in Houston "Sarah Cortez has been an active-duty police officer, a corporate accountant and a Latin teacher at St. Agnes Academy.  She double majored in religious studies and psychology..."

La Bloga Interviews Sarah Cortez "Today I am treating you, dear Bloga readers, to an interview with Sarah on Walking Home."

James R. Callan Interviews Sarah Cortez "Today, I’m honored to have Sarah Cortez visiting. Sarah has one of the most interesting backgrounds of any writer I know. She is a fascinating author, teacher, member of the Houston police department, poet, … I could go on and on. But, best for you if I let Sarah tell us."

 Poet Cops Gather for 'Rattle' Reading "Each of the aspiring firearms instructors had to give a 10- to 15-minute presentation to show his skills in front of a classroom. The others chose topics you might expect: how to break down an automatic weapon, sniper skills, the best tactical gear."

Sarah Cortez Makes the Houston Press '100 Creatives 2012' List    "Houston writer Sarah Cortez has spent almost 30 years building her career... and says she's done it all without earning any degrees in creative writing." 

La Bloga Spotlights 'Walking Home'  "Sarah Cortez is the author of How to Undress a Cop (Arte Público Press, 2000). She has edited Windows into My World: Latino Youth Write Their Lives (Piñata Books, 2007); Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery (Arte Público Press, 2009); Indian Country Noir (Akashic Books, 2010); and You Don't Have a Clue: Latino Mystery Stories for Teens (Piñata Books, 2011). "

The Monitor Reviews 'Walking Home' "During this past Hispanic Heritage month, I had the pleasure of reading collections by two fantastic poets—Houston native Sarah Cortez and fellow Valleyite Christopher Carmona. Both explore a vision of the world that simultaneously affirms and redefines the Mexican-American experience in lean, muscular verse."