Author Matt de la Pena
Part of the Gonzaga University Visiting Writers Series. Author of four critically-acclaimed young adult novels: “Ball Don’t Lie,” “Mexican WhiteBoy,” “We Were Here” and “I Will Save You.” He’s also the author of the award-winning picture book “A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis” (illustrated by Kadir Nelson). Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific where he attended school on a basketball scholarship. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, and teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.