Welcome to my TCA Touring Roster page.

In the drop-down menu under the tab TCA above, you will find information about the Touring Roster and about my services available to educational and non-profit organizations within Texas. You'll also find out how to contact me regarding a booking and a quote for services. You may check my calendar for availability by date by clicking on the Calendar tab of my website.

I'm looking forward to travelling throughout the entire state of Texas as a performing artist to share what I love best--reading & writing!

The Announcement

Houston, TX – Writer Sarah Cortez has been approved for inclusion on the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) Texas Touring Roster effective September 1, 2014 for a two-year period.  The Texas Touring Roster features some of the state’s best artistic talent and is designed to ensure that all Texans may enjoy events and performances in their local communities.  In fact, TCA makes it possible for eligible organizations to receive up to 50% of a Touring Roster artist’s fees as a reimbursement from TCA.  Ms. Cortez is one of 150 artists and arts companies selected for inclusion through a rigorous competitive process.  

Ms. Cortez, member of the Texas Institute of Letters and winner of the PEN Texas Literary Award in poetry, has authored three books:  How to Undress a Cop (poetry), Cold Blue Steel (poetry), and Walking Home: Growing Up Hispanic in Houston (memoir).   Ms. Cortez has won three prizes for her editing skills in ground-breaking anthologies:  the 2008 Skipping Stones Honor Award for Windows into My World: Latino Youth Write Their Lives, and the Regional Border Library Association Southwest Book of the Year Award and the 2013 International Latino Book Award in Latino Focused Non-Fiction (Bilingual) for Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence, co-edited with Sergio Troncoso. Ms. Cortez also received a 2012 Honorable Mention for editing You Don’t Have a Clue: Latino Mystery Stories for Teens from the International Latino Book Awards.

I look forward to working with Texas children, teens, and adults as they connect with the power and joy of writing and reading.

I’ve taught writing for over fifteen years to students ranging from very young to very senior—I love working with writers of all ages to help them discover their innate talent for writing their life stories, for crafting poems, for discovering the beauty and truth that resides in daily life.

An additional joy will be traveling to new places within our great state of Texas and making new friends. As a sixth-generation Texan, I am particularly proud to represent Texas as an artist.

Ms. Cortez is available to teach writing workshops to all ages and to all skill levels.  

She is also available for poetry readings from any of her three books of poetry, or her newest anthology celebrating Mexico of the late Twentieth century entitled Goodbye, Mexico: Poems of Rememberance

Ms. Cortez will be delighted to work with the sponsoring organization to select poems appropriate to age levels and interests.