Tim Z. Hernandez is an award wining author and performance artists. His poetry collection, Skin Tax (Heyday Books, 2004), received the 2006 American Book Award and the Zora Neal Hurston Award for writers of color dedicated to their communities. His novel, Breathing, In Dust (Texas Tech University Press 2010), won the 2010 Premio Aztlan Prize in Fiction from the National Hispanic Cultural Center and was a finalist for the 2010 California Book Award. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the University of Texas El Paso’s Bilingual M.F.A. in Creative Writing Program.