Beth Alvarado

Beth Alvarado’s second book, Anthropologies: A Family Memoir (University of Iowa Press, 2011), is a vivid archive of memories that layers scenes, oral histories, portraits, and dreams in a dynamic cross-cultural mosaic. Her short story collection, Not a Matter of Love (New Rivers Press, 2006), won the Many Voices Project Prize for work that is “aesthetically challenging and has a social consciousness.”  Her essays and stories have been published in many fine journals including The Sun, The Southern Review, and Ploughshares. Read more at bethalvarado.com. The best piece of advice she ever heard came from Toni Morrison, who was then working on Beloved: “Never look away from the story.” Beth has an MFA in fiction from the University of Arizona, an MA in Literature from Stanford University, and she studied creative nonfiction on a fellowship in Prague, Czech Republic. At the University of Arizona in Tucson, she taught for the Honors College and the English Department. In 2011, she founded a Writers’ Salon in Tucson for nontraditional students; she has also taught Blended Genre classes for the University of Arizona Poetry Center and book-arts courses to Hispanic and Native American high school students.