Everything Begins and Ends At The Kentucky Club
Cinco Puntos Press
“He Has Gone To Be With The Women”
“He Has Gone To Be With The Women” is from Benjamin Alire Saenz’s new collection, EVERYTHING BEGINS AND ENDS AT THE KENTUCKY CLUB (Cinco Punto Press; www.cincopuntos.com). The collection won the prestigious 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and was a Lambda Literary Finalist for Gay Fiction. Poets and Writers Magazine named Saenz one of the “Fifty Most Inspiring Authors in the World” in 2010.
Saenz is the author of numerous novels, books for children and young adults. His young adult novel Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood, a staple in many high school curricula, was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize, a Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults, and winner of the Americas Award.
Saenz said of his work: “My place in American letters is someone who writes about America through the lens of the border. I am a writer who lives on the border. I know my space and I love my space and I understand my space. And it’s a complicated place.”
Saenz was born in 1954 in a small farming village outside of Las Cruces, New Mexico, forty-two miles north of the U.S. – Mexico border. He was the fourth of seven children and was brought up in a traditional Mexican-American Catholic family.
At the age of 30, he entered the University of Texas at El Paso. In 1988, he received a Wallace E. Stegner Fellowship in poetry from Stanford University.