HIRAM SÁNCHEZ MARTÍNEZ
Yauco, Puerto Rico, 1950.
The author is a graduate from the Faculty of Social Sciences and the School of Law of the University of Puerto Rico.
Although early in his career he went into private practice, he worked mostly in public service.
In the Executive Branch, he has been Special Aide to the Governor of Puerto Rico and Advisor to the Secretary of Justice of Puerto Rico.
In the Judicial Branch he has been the Reporter of Decisions and Digester of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico; Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Board of Bar Examination; and Legal Advisor to the Secretariat of the Judicial Conference of Puerto Rico. He has also served as a Superior Court Judge of the Court of First Instance and a Judge of the Court of Appeals of Puerto Rico.
He is now devoted exclusively to writing.
He is the author of the non-fiction books Cuesta de los Judíos número 8 (Premio Nacional PEN Club de Puerto Rico — Memoirs: 2008), and Quería ser como Charles (2020, translated into English as I Wanted to be Like Charles) (Premio Nacional PEN Club de Puerto Rico — Memorias: 2021).
He has written the novels Casi siempre fue abril (Second Prize International Latino Book Awards—Best Drama Novel in Spanish: 2015); La ciberimpostora (2015); and Ató con cintas sus desnudos huesos (2021).
He is the author of the historical chronicle Antonia, tu nombre es una historia (Second National Prize for Literature, Institute of Puerto Rican Literature, Research and Criticism: 2019); (Honorable Mention PEN Club of Puerto Rico, Memoirs: 2020). Also, the author of the biographical books Raymond Dalmau: From Harlem a Puerto Rico, with Raymond Dalmau Pérez (2018); and Seis días a la deriva, with Jack Allison (2023).
He has published three books of short stories: El marido de su amante y otros cuentos (2009, translated into English as The Husband of His Lover and Other Short Stories), Cuentos inveraces para ser creídos (2010) and Hay dos cuerpos en la nevera y otros crímenes (based on true courtroom stories) (2022).
He is a columnist for El Nuevo Día. His book A mi juicio is a selection of his newspaper columns between 2009-2019, both dates included (Premio Nacional PEN Club de Puerto Rico — Periodismo: 2021).
As a blogger, he has published the book Están los locos y los que se hacen (2017), a selection of entries from his blog Inveracidades de Hiram Sánchez Martínez. www.hiramsanchezmartinez.blogspot.com