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2016 Alumna to be Honored at Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner

Erika L. Sanchez, an author and poet, will be honored at the at the 18th annual Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner hosted by Chicago Public Library and the Chicago Public Library Foundation. A 2016 graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English (creative writing concentration), Sanchez is one of 85 authors and creatives to be honored at the dinner. She will receive the 21st Century Award, presented for recent achievements by a Chicago writer. Sanchez debuted her bestselling novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, in 2017 and the novel was named a 2017 finalist for the National Book Award for young people's literature.

The 18th annual Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner will be held October 9, 2018 at the UIC Dorin Forum. For more information, visit


Adapted from a July 10, 2018 post in UIC Today.