ERNESTO JAVIER MARTINEZ

Writer & Educator
Photo Credit: Desiré Donde
THE AWARD-WINNING CHILDREN'S BOOK 
 
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THE AWARD-WINNING SHORT FILM
WRITTEN BY ERNESTO JAVIER MARTINEZ
DIRECTED BY ADELINA ANTHONY

LA SERENATA

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Silver Award Best Child Actor - INDEPENDENT SHORTS AWARDS - 2019 (2).png
BEST YOUTH SHORT - TWIST Seattle Queer Film Festival - 2019 (1).png
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OFFICIAL SELECTION - North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival - 2019.png
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CHILDREN'S TELEVISION (Sample Work)
 

DANIEL VISITS A NEW NEIGHBORHOOD
(TV MOVIE)
 
(44 min | PBS Kids | 2022)
Written by Jill Turner and Ernesto Javier Martínez

CLIPS FROM THE TV MOVIE: 

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"MUSICAL SHOW AND SHARE"
(Digital Episode)

(3 min | Sesame Street | 2022)
Written by Ernesto Javier Martínez

ACADEMIC BOOKS

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On Making Sense
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Gay Latino Studies
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The Truly Diverse Faculty

BIO

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Photo: Edwin Pagan

Dr. Ernesto Javier Martínez (he/him/el) is an interdisciplinary literary critic, an award-winning writer, and a professor in the Department of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies (IRES) at the University of Oregon. 

 

He studied literature at Stanford and Cornell, and his creative work explores Latinx culture through the eyes of LGBTQ+ youth. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lambda Literary Award, the Imagen Award, the HBO Latinx Film Competition Award, the International Latino Book Award, the NALAC Artist Grant, the NALIP Media Market Fellowship, and the University of Oregon's Faculty Excellence Award.

 

In 2018, Martínez published When We Love Someone We Sing to Them, the first bilingual children’s book published in the US about a boy who loves a boy. In 2019, he wrote and co-produced the live action short film La Serenata (“The Serenade”), which premiered in Hollywood, won numerous best film awards, and was licensed by HBO Max. In 2020, Martínez became a Sesame Workshop Writers’ Room Fellow and began freelancing in children’s media. He is the co-writer, with Jill Turner, of the animated feature film Daniel Visits a New Neighborhood, which premiered on PBS Kids in June, 2022.