Benjamin Alire Saenz

San Miguel Writers' Conference

All Keynote Speaker Sessions are bi-lingual, included in each Conference Package, and are available for Single Ticket purchase.

Juarez Doesn’t Stop at the Border
“Juarez seeps into El Paso and seeps into my imagination and from there to my work. In this talk, I will articulate how that Mexican border city has shaped my life and my writing.”

San Miguel Writers' Conference

Benjamin Alire Saenz is an artist, poet, novelist, and author of children’s books. He has penned five books of poetry, four novels, four young adult novels, and four children’s books.

His most recent collection of short stories, Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club won the PEN Faulkner Award for Fiction and the Lambda Literary Award.

His latest Young Adult novel, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, was the winner of the Pura Belpre Award, The Stonewall Award, The Lambda Literary Award and is a Printz Honor Book.

He is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and is currently the chair of the Creative Writing Department at the University of Texas at El Paso.