A Morning with Tim Z. Hernández
Performance Artist and Author of Mañana Means Heaven
Thursday, April 10th, 2014
Mesa College Room H117-118
Tim Z. Hernandez is an award winning author and performance artist. His debut collection of poetry, Skin Tax (Heyday Books, 2004) received the 2006 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, the James Duval Phelan Award from the San Francisco Foundation, and the Zora Neal Hurston Award for writers of color dedicated to their communities. His debut novel, Breathing, In Dust (Texas Tech University Press 2010) was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, and went on to receive the 2010 Premio Aztlan Prize in Fiction from the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and was a finalist for the 2010 California Book Award. Most recently, in 2011 the Poetry Society of America named him one of sixteen New American Poets, and he was one of four finalists for the inaugural Freedom Plow Award from the Split This RockFoundation for his work on locating the victims of the plane wreck at Los Gatos.
As a performer he has collaborated with Grammy Award winning classical composer Eugene Freisen, and in 2001 was commissioned by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles to write and perform an original play on homelessness. Since 2007 he has worked with Poets & Writers Inc. and the California Center for the Book at UCLA teaching poetry, fiction, and non-fiction workshops across the west coast. He is also the state-wide coordinator for Writers-in-the-Schools (Colorado) with focus on rural, under-served communities. He is a frequent guest artist at Universities, cultural institutions, and literary centers across the United States. His second collection of poetry, Natural Takeover of Small Things was released early in 2013, and his novel of historical fiction, Mañana Means Heaven, which is based on the life of Bea Franco was released in September of 2013.