Demetria Martinez is the author of the widely translated novel Mother Tongue, which won a Western States Book Award for Fiction. Martinez also wrote The Block Captain’s Daughter, which won an American Book Award and the International Latino Book Award for best Latino Focused Fiction. She co-authored an ebook with former Oklahoma Senator Fred Harris, These People Want to Work: Immigration Reform. Her collection of autobiographical essays, Confessions of a Berlitz-Tape Chicana, includes columns that originally appeared in theNational Catholic Reporter. In addition to writing, she is also an activist, creativity coach, and journalist based in New Mexico.