Domingo Martinez

Author

About the Author

Domingo Martinez lives in Seattle, WA. His work has appeared in Epiphany, The New Republic, and in October 2011, he read an adaptation of “The Mimis” on This American Life. He is a 2013 Pushcart Prize nominee.

Mr Martinez was born and raised in Brownsville, Texas, as you will no doubt read in the book, if you haven’t yet. At age 19, in mid November, he boarded a Greyhound bus with a one-way ticket and $300 and no winter clothes, headed toward Seattle where his bewildered older brother was staying, a result of a bad Army deployment.  (This was in 1991, right before Seattle was “discovered” by the rest of the world, conspired by the likes of Sub-Pop, Howard Schultz and Microsoft.  Seriously: just like, one month before.)

Except for a brief nine-month lapse of judgment when he tried to move back to Texas, Mr Martinez has lived in Seattle for nearly 20 years.  He lives awkwardly in a small 1930s apartment building on lower Queen Anne, enjoying the absence of sunlight.

Mr Martinez was born and raised in Brownsville, Texas, as you will no doubt read in the book, if you haven’t yet. At age 19, in mid November, he boarded a Greyhound bus with a one-way ticket and $300 and no winter clothes, headed toward Seattle where his bewildered older brother was staying, a result of a bad Army deployment.  (This was in 1991, right before Seattle was “discovered” by the rest of the world, conspired by the likes of Sub-Pop, Howard Schultz and Microsoft.  Seriously: just like, one month before.)

Except for a brief nine-month lapse of judgment when he tried to move back to Texas, Mr Martinez has lived in Seattle for nearly 20 years.  He lives awkwardly in a small 1930s apartment building on lower Queen Anne, enjoying the absence of sunlight.

Mr Martinez has written for and produced a number of publications in Texas and in Seattle, where he continued to write on his own, independent of writers’ groups, workshops or peer support for ten years, developing this title, The B

 Domingo Martinez is the New York Times Best Selling author of The Boy Kings of Texas and was a finalist for The National Book Award in 2012.  The Boy Kings of Texas is a Gold Medal Winner of the Independent Publishers Book Award, a Non-Fiction Finalist for The Washington State Book Awards, and was nominated for a 2013 Pushcart Prize.

 The Boy Kings of Texas has been optioned for an HBO series through Salma Hayek’s production company, Ventana Rosa. 

 His work has appeared in Epiphany Literary Journal, Texas Monthly, The New Republic, Saveur Magazine, Huisache Literary Magazine and he is a regular contributor to This American Life. He has also appeared on NPR's All Things Considered and The Diane Rehm show, and was the recipient of the Bernard De Voto Fellowship for Non-Fiction at Bread Loaf Writer’s Colony in 2013, and was recently inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters.  Mr Martinez is also a fundraiser for 826 Seattle, the literacy project founded by Dave Eggers.

Photo credit:  Photo by Nicole Rule Photograph