Lolita Hernandez, born and raised in Detroit, is the author of “Autopsy of an Engine and Other Stories from the Cadillac Plant” (Coffee House Press), which won a 2005 PEN Beyond Margins Award. She has also authored two chapbook collections of poems: “Quiet Battles” (Wayne State University Writers Forum) and “Snakecrossing” (Ridgeway Press). After more than 33 years as a UAW member at General Motors, she now teaches in the Creative Writing Department of the University of Michigan Residential College. Her family hails from Trinidad & Tobago and St. Vincent in the Caribbean.

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