2015 Summer Young Writers Institute Visiting Author
Francisco X. Stork
Francisco X. Stork was born in Monterrey, Mexico. When he was six years old, Charles Stork, a retired American citizen of Dutch descent, married Ruth Arguelles, a single mother, adopted Francisco and moved the three-member family to El Paso, Texas.
Francisco studied at Spring Hill College, a Jesuit College in Mobile Alabama, where he majored in English and Philosophy. After college he attended Harvard University where he studied Latin American Literature. After four years of graduate studies at Harvard, he entered Columbia Law School. Since graduating from law school since 1982, he has practiced law while pursuing his vocation to write. Currently, Francisco works as an attorney for a Massachusetts State Agency that develops affordable housing.
Francisco is the author of five novels, one adult novel (The Way of the Jaguar, Bilingual Review Press, 2000) and four young adult novels: Behind the Eyes (Dutton, 2006); Marcelo in the Real World (Arthur A. Levine /Scholastic, 2009); The Last Summer of the Death Warriors (Arthur A. Levine/ Scholastic, 2010) and Irises (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, 2012). His novel, The Memory of Light will be published by Author A. Levine/Scholastic in the Fall of 2015.
The Way of the Jaguar was the recipient of the 1999 Chicano/Latino Literary Award. Behind the Eyes was a New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age 2007. Marcelo in the Real World received starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly, Horn Books, Kirkus, School Library Journal and Booklist. Marcelo in the Real World received the 2010 Schneider Family Book Award. It was named a YALSA Top 10 Best Books for Young Adults, 2010. The Last Summer of the Death Warriors received starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly, Horn Books and Booklist and was the recipient of the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award and the International Latino Book Award.