Benjamín Alire Sáenz

Benjamín Alire Sáenz

Keynote Speaker: Novelist, Poet & Children's Book Author Known for "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe"

Benjamín Alire Sáenz Biography

Benjamin Alire Sáenz is an award-winning American poet, novelist, and writer of children's books.

He was born at Old Picacho, New Mexico, the fourth of seven children, and was raised on a small farm near Mesilla, New Mexico. He graduated from Las Cruces High School in 1972. That fall, he entered St. Thomas Seminary in Denver, Colorado where he received a B.A. degree in Humanities and Philosophy in 1977. He studied Theology at the University of Louvain in Leuven, Belgium from 1977 to 1981. He was a priest for a few years in El Paso, Texas before leaving the order.

In 1985, he returned to school, and studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Texas at El Paso where he earned an M.A. degree in Creative Writing. He then spent a year at the University of Iowa as a PhD student in American Literature. A year later, he was awarded a Wallace E. Stegner fellowship. While at Stanford University under the guidance of Denise Levertov, he completed his first book of poems, "Calendar of Dust," which won an American Book Award in 1992. He entered the Ph.D. program at Stanford and continued his studies for two more years. Before completing his Ph.D., he moved back to the border and began teaching at the University of Texas at El Paso in the bilingual MFA program.

His first novel, "Carry Me Like Water" was a saga that brought together the Victorian novel and the Latin American tradition of magic realism and received much critical attention. His coming-of-age young adult novel, "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" was published in 2012. Set in El Paso, Texas in 1987, the novel follows two Mexican-American teenagers, Aristotle "Ari" Mendoza and Dante Quintana, their friendship, and their struggles with racial and ethnic identity, sexuality, and family relationships. Since its publication, the novel has received widespread critical acclaim and numerous accolades. A sequel titled "Aristotle and Dante Dive Into the Waters of the World" was announced in February, 2021.

In "The Book of What Remains," his fifth book of poems, he writes to the core truth of life's ever-shifting memories. Set along the Mexican border, the contrast between the desert's austere beauty and the brutality of border politics mirrors humanity's capacity for both generosity and cruelty.

In 2005, he curated a show of photographs by Julian Cardona.

He lives and works in El Paso, Texas.

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Benjamín Alire Sáenz is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Authors, Poetry and Hispanic Heritage. The estimated speaking fee range to book Benjamín Alire Sáenz for live events is Below $10,000. Please contact us for virtual event fees. Benjamín Alire Sáenz generally travels from El Paso, TX, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Pam Muñoz Ryan, Kathryn Erskine and Katherine Applegate. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Benjamín Alire Sáenz for an upcoming event.

Benjamín Alire Sáenz Videos

Benjamin Alire Saenz
Interview with Benjamin Alire Saenz
UTEP's Benjamin Alire Sáenz Wins 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
Pen/Faulkner Award Finalist Benjamin Alire Sáenz

How to book Benjamín Alire Sáenz?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Benjamín Alire Sáenz for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Benjamín Alire Sáenz, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Benjamín Alire Sáenz or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Benjamín Alire Sáenz?

Booking fees for Benjamín Alire Sáenz, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Benjamín Alire Sáenz, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Benjamín Alire Sáenz?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Benjamín Alire Sáenz for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Benjamín Alire Sáenz for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Benjamín Alire Sáenz or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Benjamín Alire Sáenz or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Benjamín Alire Sáenz is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Authors, Poetry and Hispanic Heritage. The estimated speaking fee range to book Benjamín Alire Sáenz for live events is Below $10,000. Please contact us for virtual event fees. Benjamín Alire Sáenz generally travels from El Paso, TX, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Pam Muñoz Ryan, Kathryn Erskine and Katherine Applegate. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Benjamín Alire Sáenz for an upcoming event.

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