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Read my feature on the “kissing bug” disease, or Chagas, at, and learn how patient advocates and cardiologists are helping Latin American immigrants with this deadly disease.


Beacon Press is publishing A Cup of Water Under My Bed this September! Read the reviews. Buy the book. Come to a reading.

Kirkus: “Warm and thoughtful, Hernández writes with clear-eyed compassion about living, and redefining success, at the intersection of social, ethnic and racial difference. Personal storytelling at its most authentic and heartfelt.”

In These Times
 recommends A Cup of Water Under My Bed for your fall reading list, and DiCción Queer, DC’s Latino/a LGBT arts organization, blessed me and the book with their 2014 Award.

Book Tour Dates:
Sept. 9 ~ The Booksmith in San Francisco, 7:30pm
Sept. 10 ~ Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA, 7pm
Sept. 13 ~ Book Soup in West Hollywood, CA, 4pm
Sept. 26 ~ La Casa Azul in Manhattan, 6:30 pm
Sept. 27 ~ Las Comadres Conference, Brooklyn, 11am
Sept. 29 ~ Bluestockings in Manhattan, 7pm
~ with Bushra Rehman, author of Corona, coeditor of Colonize This!
Oct. 5 ~ Politics & Prose in Washington DC, 1pm
Oct. 9 ~ University of Northern Iowa, 7pm
Oct. 23 ~ Books & Books, Miami, 6:30 pm
Oct. 24 ~ University of Miami
Nov. 7 ~ Carleton College in Minnesota, 10:30am
Nov. 7 ~ Magers & Quinn Booksellers in Minneapolis, 7pm
Nov. 22 ~ Miami Book Fair

In other news, watch Dr. Clayton and me in conversation at KGGB, the oldest black-owned radio station in Iowa. We dish on womanism, the term “people of color,” and my new book.

El periódico, the Courier, in Iowa ran a story about my lecture on feminism and Beyoncé at the University of Northern Iowa.

“Stories She Tells Us” is out in the new anthology Wise Latinas: Writers on Education. Read the Kirkus review, and check out the Writers’ Studio at the Center for Fiction in Manhattan where I first drafted the essay.

In These Times ran the commentary “Is the Racial Apology Possible?” 

Houghton Mifflin named “Before Love, Memory” as a notable essay in Best American Essays 2013! And Fourth Genre has posted an interview we did at AWP 2013 about the piece.

My essay “The Judge” came from spending time this year with undocumented children at a foster care agency in South Florida. You can find it at the amazing arts and immigration pub CultureStrike.