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Emily Perez grew up in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. She currently lives in Denver, Colorado.



Emily Pérez is the granddaughter of Mexican immigrants. She is the author of the poetry collection House of Sugar, House of Stone (Center for Literary Publishing) and the chapbook Backyard Migration Route, (Finishing Line Press) which explores literal and figurative borders from her childhood on the Texas/Mexico border. She graduated with honors from Stanford University and earned an MFA at the University of Houston, where she served as a poetry editor for Gulf Coast and taught with Writers in the Schools. A CantoMundo fellow, she has received recognition and funding from the Artist Trust, Jack Straw Writers, the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, Bread Loaf Writers’ Workshop, Summer Literary Seminars, and Inprint, Houston. Her poems have appeared in journals including POETRY, Diode, Bennington Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Crab Orchard Review, Calyx, Borderlands, and DIAGRAM. She teaches English in Denver where she lives with her husband and sons.