LA FAMILIA - San Antonio Book Festival
April, 15 2023


  • 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
  •    |   Location of Session: Swartz Room
  • Adult Sessions
  • Start of Signing: 11:15 am
  •    |   Signing Location: Festival Marketplace

About the Event

Tim Z. Hernandez’s new poetry collection Some of the Light is an ode to his children, single fatherhood, and our shared humanity. When he was a teenager, TV writer Rafael Agustin accidentally discovered he was undocumented. His memoir Illegally Yours is a hilarious and touching exploration of belonging and identity. These two will discuss reflecting on past experiences and writing your family’s history. 

About the Authors

Rafael Agustin - The San Antonio Book Festival Photo Credit: Marvin Lemus

Rafael Agustin

Rafael Agustin was a television writer on the award-winning CW show Jane the Virgin. He was a speaker at the United Nations’s 70th Anniversary Celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. He currently serves as the CEO of the Latino Film Institute (LFI), where he oversees the Youth Cinema Project, the annual Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF), and LatinX in Animation. He is the author of  Illegally Yours: A Memoir.


Tim Z. Hernandez - The San Antonio Book Festival

Tim Z. Hernandez

Tim Z. Hernandez is an award-winning author, research scholar, and performer. His work includes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and screenplays. He is the recipient of numerous awards, most notably the American Book Award, the Colorado Book Award, and the International Latino Book Award. His work has been featured in the Los Angeles TimesNew York Times, C-SPAN, and NPR’s All Things Considered. Public Radio International hailed his book, Mañana Means Heaven, as one of their 2013 Books of the Year. In 2011, he was named one of sixteen New American Poets by the Poetry Society of America, and most recently he was recognized for his research on locating the victims of the 1948 plane wreck at Los Gatos Canyon, the incident made famous by Woody Guthrie’s song of the same name, which is chronicled in his documentary novel, All They Will Call You. Hernandez holds a BA from Naropa University and an MFA from Bennington College, and is an associate professor with the University of Texas El Paso’s bilingual MFA in creative writing. He lives in El Paso, Texas, with his two children. Some of the Light: New and Selected Poems is his latest book. 


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