Sandra Benitez Biography
Sandra Benitez has spent her life moving between the Latin American culture of her Puerto Rican mother and the Anglo-American culture of her father. She was born March 26, 1941 in Washington D.C.. A year later, her father, who worked for the U.S. State Department, was assigned to Mexico, and then El Salvador, where Sandra lived for most of the next 20 years.
When Benitez reached high school age, her parents sent Sandra to her paternal grandparents modest dairy farm in northeastern Missouri, returning each summer to El Salvador.
In 1980 she began to write fiction. It was not until 13 years later that her first book, A Place Where the Sea Remembers, set in Mexico, was published. She has since published three more novels.
Sandras work has earned her nearly two dozen honors, awards and grants, and she is much in demand as a teacher and speaker. In December, 2006, Benitez received one of the first United States Artists Awards, being named a USA Gund Fellow.
Benitez has lectured at colleges, high schools and professional organizations coast to coast. Benitez lives with her husband, Jim Kondrick, in Edina, Minnesota, and has completed her first non-fiction book Bag Lady: A Memoir, The Triumphant True Story of Loss, Illness and Recovery.
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This biography was last updated on 09/22/2010.
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