Erika L. Sánchez is a writer and poet living in Chicago. She is a 2015 winner of the prestigious Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships and was a winner of the 2013 "Discovery"/Boston Review Prize. A Fulbright Scholar, Sánchez has been a sex and love advice columnist for Cosmopolitan for Latinas and is a journalist whose work has been published in The Guardian, NBC News, Rolling Stone, Al Jazeera, Salon, BuzzFeed, Jezebel, Kirkus Reviews, and others. Her debut poetry collection, Lessons on Expulsion, is forthcoming from Graywolf in July 2017. Knopf Books for Young Readers will publish her debut Young Adult novel, Brown Girl Problems, in fall 2017.
How did you get into poetry?
I was a big reader when I was a kid and one time in 6th grade we had a lesson on poetry and learned about Edgar Allan Poe. Something about the language really intrigued me. I thought it was beautiful, so I started writing poetry. My teacher encouraged me, said I had talent and, though it sounds very romantic, poetry chose me. It's just something I always loved to do because of the way poetry gets to the essence of the human experience. I can't imagine my life without it.