Victoria Blanco is a writer from El Paso and Ciudad Juárez. Her first book, Out of the Sierra, is forthcoming from Coffee House Press in fall of 2022. Research and writing for Out of the Sierra has been supported by a Fulbright Award, research fellowships from the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota State Arts Board Grant, a Bakeless Scholarship from Breadloaf Orion, a writing residency at St. Paul's East Side Freedom Library from Coffee House Press In-the-Stacks, and the 2018 Roxane Gay Fellowship in Creative Nonfiction for the Jack Jones Literary Arts writers' retreat. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota, where she taught creative writing and composition courses. Her manuscript was a finalist for the 2016 PEN/FUSION Emerging Writers’ Prize. She was a Fellow in the 2019 Culture, Too Conference, hosted by Jack Jones Literary Arts, and a Fellow in the 2017-2018 Loft Mentor Series.
Victoria’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, Literary Hub, Catapult, Fourth Genre, and Bat City Review, among others.