Lolita Hernandez


I had so much fun this past month deconstructing stories with Desiree Cooper and Laura Thomas, I plan to continue with this format through the fall. Please let me know if you have a new book of short stories out so we can discuss it!

Today on the blog, Lolita Hernandez and I will be talking about her story, “Process Server,” from her award-winning Wayne State University Press collection, Making Callaloo in Detroit.

It’s best to read the story before listening to our discussion so we don’t spoil the ending for you. Just click on this link below:





Kelly Fordon and Lolita Hernandez discussing “Process Server.”


Bio: Lolita Hernandez is the author of two collections of short stories: Making Callaloo in Detroit, a 2015 Michigan Notable Book, and Autopsy of an Engine and Other Stories from the Cadillac Plant, winner of a 2005 PEN Beyond Margins Award. Her short fiction and poetry have been published in a wide variety of literary venues. She is also a 2012 Kresge Fellow. After over thirty-three years as a UAW member at General Motors and twelve on the faculty of the University of Michigan Creative Writing Department at the Residential College, she recently retired to Las Vegas, Nevada from her native Detroit, Michigan.


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Making Callaloo in Detroit is available at Wayne State University Press or Pages Bookshop or Amazon.





I Have the Answer has been out since April 11th. It was hard to market or even think about a new book this past spring. For that reason, sales are going slowly, and I thought I would give the book one more tiny push before letting it float off like a paper lantern into the night sky. If you have a moment, I would love your help.

There are two main ways:

  1. Write a review on Amazon and Goodreads. Reviews at these places make a big difference and help drive sales. My hope is that people read the reviews and then purchase the book from their local indie bookstore like Pages Bookshop in Detroit!
  2. If you have already read and enjoyed the book, please let your friends know on social media with either a picture or just a suggestion that they might want to buy the book. Here’s a link to WSUPress for more information: Please use the hashtag with #IHAVETHEANSWER and please tag @WSUPress and @kfor24. 

Lastly, I do have one nice thing to report: I Have the Answer was chosen as a Top Indie Summer Read by Kirkus Reviews! Yay!

Stay safe and well, everyone.