Tim Z. Hernandez is a poet, novelist and performance artist. He is the recipient of an American Book Award for poetry, the Colorado Book Award for poetry, and the International Latino Book Award for historical fiction. In 2011 the Poetry Society of America named him one of sixteen New American Poets, and he was a finalist for the inaugural Split This Rock Freedom Plow Award for his work on locating the victims of the 1948 plane wreck at Los Gatos Canyon. His books and historical research have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Public Radio International, and NPR’s All Things Considered. He is currently working on a book project that is based on the historic plane crash at Los Gatos Canyon, an incident made famous by Woody Guthrie’s song of the same name. Hernandez holds a B.A. from Naropa University and an M.F.A. from Bennington College. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas El Paso’s Bilingual M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing. ADDITIONAL INFO: Growing Up Boulder received a University of Colorado Diversity and Excellence Grant for its project titled, “Intersections, Stories, Voice: Expressions of Young People’s Resilience.” This project will be developed in partnership with poet Tim Z. Hernandez, Boulder High School’s AVID class, and Environmental Design’s Designers without Boundaries. Through this project, we hope to increase our collective understanding of individual and community resilience and increase understanding of diversity issues through exposure to diverse poets who communicate about resilience.