Esperanza Publishing is a nonprofit company that accepts strong young adult fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We seek to publish works that impact readers and challenge various perspectives.
Based out of the Mexican-American border region of the Rio Grande Valley, TX, Esperanza Publishing is in an optimal position to print and promote diverse voices in YA literature.
Mark Esperanza, MFA, is a writer from Edcouch-Elsa of the Rio Grande Valley. He currently lives in Edinburg, TX, and teaches World History at Achieve Early College High School in McAllen, TX. Esperanza has published poetry, short stories, and educational research in multiple anthologies and collections.
Kari Francine holds a Bachelors of Arts in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from Michigan State University. She has been a freelance copy editor since 2016 and is currently teaching English Languages Arts at IDEA Mays Public Schools in San Antonio, TX.
Marco Zavala is a surrealist illustrator and has worked with exhibits the Bath House Cultural Center in Dallas, TX, the Arlington Museum of Art, and the Dallas Museum of Art. Zavala is a resident artist with the Denton art collective called Spiderweb Salon and has collaborated with poets, writers, & musicians for different projects since 2017.
Yelitza Saenz is a writer from Roma, TX, who has earned her Bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and a minor in Mexican-American studies. Saenz currently resides in McAllen, TX, where she has dedicated her academic pursuits to the south Texas region's health and educational well-being.
Rigo Trejo is an experienced financial consultant, media marketer, and promotional manager. As a Marketing Director, he plans to expand our goals to new regions and further promote literary events and publications. Trejo will be utilizing the skills and strategies from his Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.