Professor Yvette Benavides named Trinity University Press editor-at-large

OLLU Professor of English Yvette Benavides has been named an editor-at-large for Trinity University Press. In the role, she will focus on shaping and growing the press’s new Tinta Books imprint which will highlight the history, culture, and current affairs of Mexico and Mexican American life.

Publishers establish imprints to make clear statements about their editorial areas of interest and publishing commitments. While Trinity Press has periodically published books about Mexico over the decades, the announcement of the Tinta Books imprint reflects a deepened commitment to works focused on the history, culture, and current affairs of Mexico and Mexican American life. 

“We feel that there is a profound interest in and need for expanded book publishing focused on Mexico, and Trinity is perfectly suited to do that,” said Tom Payton, publisher and director of the press. “With Benavides leading this effort, we’re excited and honored to be among the first publishers in the country to make this pledge, including bringing forth works by Mexican authors in translation and a particular interest in promoting new and emerging writers.”

Benavides also is a writer and journalist with an extensive media presence, from hosting Texas Public Radio’s Book Public podcast to writing and producing radio commentaries that have been recognized with regional and national journalism awards. Regarding her new role with Trinity, Benavides said, “As a kid from the Texas-Mexico border, my insular vantage point was expanded because of books. I could look out toward the United States and then toward Mexico—and beyond—because of books. For me, over many years as a writer, teacher, and editor, the one constant—as a kind of map, compass, and key— has always been books. I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to work with Trinity University Press, guided by a like-minded team that knows well the power books have in all our lives.”