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Beth Alvarado

Beth Alvarado lived in the borderlands of Mexico and the US for most of her life. She married her late husband, Fernando, when she was nineteen and has been a part of his large extended family since then. They raised their children in both cultures and both world-views, something that all of her work reflects. Her previous books include a collection of essays, Anxious Attachments (Autumn House Press, 2019); Anthropologies: A Family Memoir (University of Iowa Press, 2011); and Not a Matter of Love and other stories (Winner of the Many Voices Prize, New Rivers Press, 2006).

Her stories and essays have been published in many fine journals, The Sun, Guernica: An International Magazine of Politics and Art, The Southern Review, Ploughshares, River Teeth, Cimarron Review, Western Humanities Review, Third Coast, Drunken Boat: The Librotraficante Portfolio, Eleven Eleven, and The Collagist, among others. Her essays have twice been chosen as Notable by Best American Essays. She taught at the University of Arizona for years and now teaches for OSU-Cascades Low Residency Creative Writing Program.

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