Maria Venegas is a theatre artist, playwright and writer based in New York City. Earlier this year, Flavorwire named Maria as one of the top 25 breakout women culture makers of 2014. This month, Maria released her critically-praised and highly-anticipated memoir, Bulletproof Vest: The Ballad of an Outlaw and his Daughter, published by Granta Books. I spoke with Maria over the phone about her outlaw father, the writing process and myth-making. Also, read the book. Seriously, read the book. I read it in one night. Yes, it’s that kind of perfect.
Maria Venegas was born in the state of Zacatecas, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was four years old. Bulletproof Vest was excerpted in Granta and The Guardian. Venegas’s short stories have appeared in Ploughshares and Huizache. She has taught creative writing at Hunter College and currently works as a mentor at Still Waters in a Storm, a reading and writing sanctuary for children in Brooklyn. She lives in New York City.