Mr. Tim Hernandez

Texas, United States

Member Since: 10/28/2014

Tim Z. Hernandez is a poet, novelist and performance artist. He is the recipient of an American Book Award for poetry, the Premio Aztlan Prize for fiction, the Colorado Book Award, and the International Latino Book Award for historical fiction. In 2011 the Poetry Society of America named him one of sixteen New American Poets, and he was a finalist for the inaugural Freedom Plow Award for his work on locating the victims of the 1948 plane wreck at Los Gatos Canyon. His books and historical research have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Public Radio International, and NPR’s All Things Considered. He is currently working on a Non-Fiction Novel based on the historic plane crash at Los Gatos Canyon, an incident made famous by Woody Guthrie’s song of the same name. Hernandez holds a B.A. from Naropa University and an M.F.A. from Bennington College in Vermont. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas El Paso’s Bilingual M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing.


Twitter Username: @tzhernandez


  • Manana Means Heaven , The University of Arizona Press (August 2013)
  • Natural Takeover of Small Things , The University of Arizona Press (March 2013)
  • Breathing, In Dust , Texas Tech University Press (March 2010)
  • Culture of Flow , Monkey Puzzle Press (December 2012)
  • Skin Tax , Heyday Books (October 2004)


  • 2014 International Latino Book Award for Historical Fiction(2014)
  • 2014 Colorado Book Award for Poetry(2014)
  • 2011 Premio Aztlan Prize for Fiction(2011)
  • American Book Award(2006)


  • Assistant Professor at University of Texas El Paso (September 2014 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in Writing & Literature from Naropa University (June 2007)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Writing & Literature from Bennington College (June 2011)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Children's literature , Poetry