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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Victor Martinez Walks On

Victor Martinez
 - 2011

Parrot in the Oven Author Walks On
Friends and Family Mourn the loss of Award-Winning Writer

Just saw from several people on Facebook that Chicano poet/author Victor Martinez passed away. He was/is the author of Parrot in the Oven which was awarded the 1996 National Book Award for Young People's Literature. 

Francisco X. Alarcon has written a write up on Facebook. READ IT NOW.

His Harper Collins bio reads: "Victor Martinez was born and raised in Fresno, California, the fourth in a family of twelve children. He attended California State University at Fresno and Stanford University, and has worked as a field laborer, welder, truck driver, firefighter, teacher, and office clerk. His poems, short stories, and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies. Mr. Martinez was awarded the 1996 National Book Award for Young People's Literature for Parrot in the Oven, his first novel. He now makes his home in San Francisco, California."

Also check out this PBS New Hour Interview with Martinez.

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