Erika L. Sánchez is the daughter of Mexican immigrants. A poet, essayist, and fiction writer, she is the author of a young adult novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, a 2017 finalist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, and instant New York Times Bestseller; and the poetry collection, Lessons on Expulsion, a finalist for the PEN America Open Book Award. Her novel has been optioned by Anonymous Content and the play adaptation will premier at Steppenwolf Theatre February 2010. She is a 2019 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts in Poetry, and was a 2017-2019 Princeton Arts Fellow. She was recently appointed the Son Juana Inés de la Cruz Chair at DePaul University.