On this week’s edition of Use Your Words host Elise Stuart and JJ Amaworo Wilson interview writer and performance artist, Tim Z Hernandez whose latest published work is, All They Will Call You, from University of Arizona Press.
The book details the contentious process of identifying the victims and resolving unfinished business of the 1948 Plane Wreck at Los Gatos canyon in which 28 immigrant farm workers from Mexico perished along with four American crew members. The Mexican nationals were never identified by name, unlike the American crew members, and all were buried in a mass grave. This is the incident made famous by Woody Guthrie’s song of the same name. It earned Tim a finalist position for the inaugural Split This Rock Freedom Plow Award.
He is also a recipient of an American Book Award for poetry, the Colorado Book Award for poetry, and the International Latino Book Award for historical fiction. His books and research have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Public Radio International, and National Public Radio. He has also been named one of sixteen New American Poets by the Poetry Society of America.
Hernandez holds a B.A. from Naropa University and an M.F.A. from Bennington College. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas El Paso’s Bilingual M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing.
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