Alex Espinoza was born in Tijuana, Mexico to parents from the state of Michoacán and raised in suburban Los Angeles. After graduating from the University of California-Riverside, he went on to earn an MFA from UC Irvine’s Program in Writing.
For 25 years, she has helped tell America's untold stories and brought to light unsung heroes in America and abroad. As the anchor and executive producer of the long-running weekly NPR show Latino USA, and as anchor of the Emmy Award-winning talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One from WGBH/La Plaza, she has informed millions of Americans about the fastest-growing group in our country.
Valentin Sandoval received the first ever award at UTEP for Independent Filmmaking in 1996. He won 1st Place for Documentary at UTEP’s International Film Festival 2006 and The Rasquache Film Festival, where he received an award for Best Documentary for the film “Clamor”.
Oscar Casares is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he earned his MFA, and he received his Bachelor of Science in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin, where he currently teaches Creative Writing.
Laurie Ann Guerrero holds a B.A. in English Language & Literature from Smith College and an MFA in poetry from Drew University.
A renowned Chicana poet, Emmy Pérez received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and her MFA from Columbia University.
ire’ne lara silva is the author of the poetry collections Blood Sugar Canto (Saddle Road Press, 2016) and furia (Mouthfell Press, 2010), the chapbooks, Enduring Azucares (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2015), ani’mal and INDíGENA, and the short story collection, flesh to bone (Aunt Lute Books, 2013).
Michael Guinn holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work.
He has successfully fused the art of Spokenword and social awareness in a way that has made him one of the most sought after motivational speakers specializing in creative social awareness and youth empowerment.
Originally from Galveston, Texas, Lupe Méndez received his Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the On-line MFA in Creative Writing Program at the University of Texas at El Paso.
Sonia Nazario is a graduate of Williams College and has a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She has honorary doctorates from Mount St. Mary’s College and Whittier College. She began her career at the Wall Street Journal, and later joined the Los Angeles Times.
John Quiñones is host of What Would You?, author, broadcast journalist and motivational speaker. What Would You? has made Quiñones the the face of doing the right thing.
The son of Mexican immigrants, Sergio Troncoso was born in El Paso, Texas and now lives in New York City. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and received two graduate degrees in International Relations and Philosophy at Yale University.
Richie Marrufo received his Bachelor of Arts in English and American Literature and is proceeding with his Master’s degree in with an emphasis on Multicultural Literature from The University of Texas at El Paso.
Erica Navejar is the Horace Mann Junior High School Principal and author of “El Sueno, The Dream”. The story focuses on a family travels from their homeland of Mexico to America. But new hardships and tests await them in the strange land.