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Author Sarah Cortez to Speak at LSC-Kingwood

Author Sarah CortezEveryone has a story. Author Sarah Cortez would like to help you tell it.

On Tuesday, Oct. 21, Cortez will give a presentation entitled, Your Life, Your Story: Evoking Memory to Create Narrative and History, at 12:30 p.m. in the Lone Star College-Kingwood Performing Arts Center, room 125. There will be a book sale and signing following the lecture. This event is sponsored by the LSC-Kingwood Library. For more information, email Ruth.A.Huffy@LoneStar.edu.

A native Houstonian and dedicated, long-time educator, Cortez has taught poetry, fiction, and memoir to students ranging from third graders to senior citizens.  One of her specialties is working with students who are scared to write.  She taught creative writing for six years at the University of Houston-Central, in addition to teaching throughout the community through Writers in the Schools, The C.G. Jung Center, Inprint, The River Visual and Performing Arts Center, and COH Multi-Service Centers.  She is an inspiring and energetic teacher in every genre—poetry, memoir, fiction, and essay.  In the fall of 2012, she served as a writing consultant for HISD, working with Latino teens. She has also served the Harris County Department of Education.

Cortez is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, is the author of an acclaimed poetry collection, How to Undress a Cop, and winner of the PEN Texas literary award in poetry. In 2012, her memoir, in poetry and prose, entitled Walking Home: Growing Up Hispanic in Houston was published by Texas Review Press and was hailed by the Houston Chronicle as “a love letter to the city of Houston.”  A collection of poetry from the urban street cop’s perspective, Cold Blue Steel, was recently published by Texas Review Press. A volume she edited, Our Lost Border: Life Amid the Narco-Violence was also published in 2013 and has already won the Southwest Book Award.

Cortez was chosen by then-mayor of Houston, Bill White, to compose and deliver his inaugural poem in 2003.  The United Nations tapped  Cortez to compose and deliver a poem for the Eighth Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in 2009 in New York City.  One of her poems was chosen for the national “Poetry in Motion” program, which places poems in city buses, and was featured on placards on METRO buses in August 2002.  One of Cortez’s recent honors was having a poem chosen out of over 6,000 submissions for an Honorable Mention in the 2011 annual poetry contest by Rattle, an internationally prestigious poetry journal.

Cortez received her bachelor’s degree from Rice University and continued her education to receive two advanced degrees, one from the University of Texas-Austin and one from the University of Houston-Central. Her criminal justice certification is from the University of Houston-Downtown.

Register now for credit classes online through myLoneStar.  Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional, Internet, video, TV and independent study formats. For more information on how to register online, visit www.lonestar.edu/registration. For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281.312.1600 or visit http://lonestar.edu/kingwood.htm.

Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for more than 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion.  Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and one of the fastest-growing community college systems in the nation.  Dr. Steve Head is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, seven centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.

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