Poets and Writers Magazine recently named Sáenz one of the 50 Most Inspiring Writers of Our Time. He teaches at the University of Texas at El Paso. He has received the Wallace Stegner Fellowship, the Lannan Fellowship and an American Book Award. Still, with all this fanfare, he calls himself a fronterizo, a person of the border. The Border region is his home, the place where his imagination is rooted.
The Friends have assembled some really cool door prizes. In addition to autographed books and baskets of teen novels, the Friends are sponsoring a prize to the teacher or librarian who has the most students in attendance—Ben will make a special visit to your classroom or library to talk to your students. There will be attendance forms for students receiving extra credit for coming to hear Ben’s reading.