Cortez memoir portrait of faith
The author, who visits Saturday, also shares her love for Houston.
Sarah Cortez has been a police officer, a corporate accountant and a Latin teacher. She double- majored in religious studies and psychology at Rice, taught herself classical Greek and earned a master’s degree in classics at the University of Texas.
About 30 years ago, she began writing and has spent the past few decades building a career as a poet, editor and teacher of writing. She has the kudos to prove it, too, having been inducted this year into the Texas Institute of Letters.
Much of Cortez’s meandering life journey shows up in one form or another in her new memoir “Walking Home: Growing Up Hispanic in Houston.”
Sometimes she recounts the events of her life in straight, factual narrative; other times, they appear as dreams or hopes to be fulfilled. She also, however, recounts dreams and plans never actualized — events that never happened, actions she never took.
Houston author Sarah Cortez will be in Austin on Saturday to discuss her new memoir as part of the Texas Humanities Annual Holiday Book Fair.