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302 | I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
302 | I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
Sunday, October 29 | 2 - 3 PM
Chicago Cultural Center
Claudia Cassidy Theater
77 E Randolph St | Chicago, IL | 60602
  • Members: $12
  • Public: $15
  • Students and Teachers: $10

Poet, feminist, and a cheerleader for young women everywhere, Erika L. Sánchez comes to CHF to discuss self-determined identity, cultural expectations, and grief through her stunning, often laugh-out-loud funny young adult novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter. Set in Chicago, the story centers on Julia as she attempts to understand her sister's life after her death. In a web of insecurity and complicated connections between those we love and those we are trying to impress, it's how we put together the fragments that reveals who we actually are. Artist and educator Silvia Gonzalez joins Sanchez in conversation.

Preorder your copy of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter through the CHF box office and save 20%.

A book signing will follow this program.

This program is presented in partnership with the Poetry Foundation.


Erika L. Sánchez is a poet, novelist, and essayist living in Chicago. Erika was a Fulbright Scholar, CantoMundo Fellowship recipient, and Bread Loaf Scholar. Most recently, she was a columnist for Cosmopolitan for Latinas, and has written for Salon, Rolling Stone, Jezebel, The Guardian and BuzzFeed. As a daughter of undocumented Mexican immigrants, Erika has always been determined to defy borders of any kind.

Silvia Gonzalez is an interdisciplinary artist and educator in Chicago actively participating in spaces where collective wellness takes on critical dialogue, art making, and community building. Silvia has curated workshops to address structures of power, imagination, play, confinement, and freedom. She has exhibited at Woman Made Gallery, Hyde Park Art Center, ACRE, and local grassroots art spaces. She is a member of the Chicago ACT Collective, Multiuso, and the 96 ACRES Project. Silvia is the organizer for the group POC (People of Color) Artist Space.

  • On sale to members on 9/19 at 10am and on sale to public on 9/26 at 10am.
  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
  • 10-17-2017