Headshot of Vera Sanchez.
Vera Sanchez

Vera is the author of two books, Prison Letters: Walking to Honor and Puto. She has been an Amazon #1 Best-Seller and won the Beverly Hills Award for Best Multicultural Non-Fiction for her debut novel, Prison Letters. Her first children’s book, Jada’s Dance for Chicano Park, has won national and international awards including the Best Published Children’s Book by the San Diego Book Awards Association in 2021. Sanchez has been featured on local radio stations, KUSI news, podcasts, and has been published in several online sites including the NAACP, Justified Hype, OB Press, and San Diego Press. She has spoken at multiple educational institutes ranging from elementary schools to college campuses. She is a writing judge for the NAACP high school division contest. She received her B.A. and M.A. at San Diego State University. Sanchez is a native of San Diego and grew up in Logan Heights, where she began dancing ballet folklórico at the age of 3. She painted the mural Women Hold Half The Sky at Chicano Park in 2012.  She currently teaches writing at San Diego City College and Grossmont College.