Virtual Author Talk with Francisco Jiménez

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In this presentation, Francisco Jiménez will describe in detail the six-step process he used in writing his four-book memoirs series - The Circuit, (Cajas de cartón), Breaking Through (Senderos fronterizos), Reaching Out (Más allá de mí), Taking Hold: From Migrant Childhood to Columbia University (Pasos firmes: de niñez migrante a la Universidad de Columbia) - and explain why he writes and why it is important to tell your story. This talk will be a useful guide for audiences to tell/write their own stories. 

This presentation will kick off a call for submissions of immigrant’s stories of coming to the U.S. for an anthology called “Arrivals and Departures”. For more information on how to participate in the anthology, email:

About the Author: Author and educator, Francisco Jiménez emigrated with his family from Tlaquepaque, Mexico to California and as a child worked alongside his parents in the fields of California. He received his BA from Santa Clara University and an MA and Ph.D. in Latin American literature from Columbia University under a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. 

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English with Spanish Translation

This event is in English with a Spanish interpreter.