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April Sánchez was born and raised in El Paso, TX, on the US/Mexico border. Growing up in a bicultural city has inspired her stories, which often reflect the beauty, wonder, and traditional elements of border town culture.

April holds a bachelor’s degree in Screenwriting and a Latino Media Studies certification from the University of Texas at Austin. Her scripts have made their way to the finalist round in screenplay competitions such as the Sundance Narrative and Episodic Labs, a Semi-Finalist in The Academy Nicholl Fellowship and the Universal Writers Lab, amongst others. She has participated in the NALIP Screenwriting Lab, the Stowe Story Labs and the NMHC TV Series Scriptwriters Program.

As a writer, April is drawn to exploring themes of family, belonging, alienation and power. Magical realism, border town Latinidad and Latina characters are often featured in her stories.

For fun, April can be found traveling around the world. Especially fond of road trips, she will eagerly take an open road in any direction. Through her travels, April has discovered just how unique her hometown is, describing El Paso as a gray area of the USA where two countries, languages and cultures converge into one dreamy landscape.

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