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Demetria Martínez

Demetria Martínez is a poet, writer, and activist based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Best known for her widely translated novel Mother Tongue, winner of a Western States Book Award for Fiction, her other books include The Block Captain's Daughter; Confessions of a Berlitz-Tape Chicana, winner of a 2006 International Latino Book Award; the poetry collections Breathing Between the Lines and The Devil’s Workshop; and, with Rosalee Montoya-Read, the children's book Grandpa's Magic Tortilla. A recipient of an American Book Award, Martínez also writes about human rights issues for The National Catholic Reporter. She has served on the board of directors of Enlace Comunitario, an immigrants' rights group that works with Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic violence, and is the co-founder of the Albuquerque Chapter of Poets Against War.

  • 2008