Oscar Casares is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he earned his MFA, and he received his Bachelor of Science in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin, where he currently teaches Creative Writing.
He is the author of two noted books, earning him fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Copernicus Society of America, and the Texas Institute of Letters. His collection of stories, Brownsville, was selected by American Library Association as a Notable Book of 2004, and is now included in the curriculum at several universities throughout the country. His first novel, Amigoland, received a “starred review” from Publisher’s Weekly, which called it “a winning novel.” Casares is also a regular contributor to Texas Monthly.
Amigoland. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2009.
Amigoland (novel excerpt). Texas Monthly. 37.8 (August 2009): 78-89.
“Indivisible Man.” Texas Monthly. 37.2 (February 2009): 64-68.
“You Must Read This: The Burning Plain.” All Things Considered. NPR. October 2009. Web.
“Grass Roots.” Texas Monthly. 36.12 (December 2008): 116-23.
“Chango.” Lengua Fresca: Latinos Writing on the Edge. First Edition. Eds. Harold Augenbraum and Ilan Stavans. New York: Mariner Books, 2006. 3-21.
“Ready For Some Fútbol?” Texas Monthly. 34.11 (November 2006): 130-42.
“In the Year 1974.” Texas Monthly 33.3 (March 2005): 112-20.
“Domingo.” Rio Grande. Ed. Jan Reid. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2004. 302-12.
Brownsville. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2003.
“Crossing the Border Without Losing Your Past.” The New York Times. 152 (16 September 2003): Op-Ed Section, A29.
“Terco.” The Yale Literary Magazine. 15.2 (Fall 2003): 12-13.
Alex Espinoza was born in Tijuana, Mexico to parents from the state of Michoacán and raised in suburban Los Angeles. After graduating from the University of California-Riverside, he went on to earn an MFA from UC Irvine’s Program in Writing.
Espinoza is a professor in the Department of Television, Film, and Media at California State University, Los Angeles where he is the director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Arts. As always, he is at work on his next book. An active participant in Sandra Cisneros’ Macondo Workshop and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Alex serves on the board of Cal Humanities, a statewide non-profit whose aim is “to connect Californians to ideas and one another in order to understand our shared heritage and diverse cultures, inspire civic participation, and shape our future.” Alex is also deeply involved with the Puente Project, a program designed to help first-generation community college students make a successful transition to a university. A Puente student himself, he has since served as a Puente mentor and often visits Puente classes to talk with students and teachers about writing, literature, and the opportunities he gained through education.
His first novel, Still Water Saints, was published by Random House in 2007 and was named a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection. The book was released simultaneously in Spanish, under the title Los Santos de Agua Mansa, California, translated by Lilliana Valenzuela. His second novel, The Five Acts of Diego León, was published by Random House in March 2013.
The Five Acts of Diego León: A Novel. New York: Random House, 2013.
“An American in Mexico.” In The New York Times Sunday Magazine. (Feb 2007). Reprinted In Real Essays with Readings: Writings for Success in College, Work, and Everday Life. 4th Edition. Ed. Susan Anker. Boston: Bedford / St. Martin’s, 2012. 723-727.
“Fool Rush.” In Southern California Review. (Summer 2012).
“Profile of Success: Alex Espinoza.” In Real Essays with Readings: Writings for Success in College, Work, and Everday Life. 4th Edition. Ed. Susan Anker. Boston: Bedford / St. Martin’s, 2012. 190.
“Coyotes.” In The Other Latin@: Writing Against a Singular Identity. Tuscon: University of Arizona Press, 2011.
“Scenes from the Films of Orlando Real.” In Huizache: The Magazine of Latino Literature. (Fall 2011).
Still Water Saints: A Novel. New York: Random House, 2007.
LAURIE ANN GUERRERO
Laurie Ann Guerrero holds a B.A. in English Language & Literature from Smith College and an MFA in poetry from Drew University.
She is the Writer-in-Residence & Literary Arts Director at the historic Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio, where she will spearhead the Macondo Writers’ Workshop, founded in 1995 by Sandra Cisneros. In 2014, Guerrero and was appointed by former mayor, Julian Castro, Poet Laureate of the city of San Antonio, the seventh largest city in the nation. In May of 2015, Guerrero was appointed the 2016 Poet Laureate of the State of Texas by the 84th legislature of the state of Texas.
Guerrero’s poetry and critical work have appeared in Poetry, Indiana Review, Luna Luna, Huizache, Texas Monthly, Bellevue Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Texas Observer, Chicana/Latina Studies, Feminist Studies and others. Winner of the 2012 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize, her first full-length collection, A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying, was selected by Francisco X. Alarcón and released by University of Notre Dame Press in 2013. Guerrero’s chapbook, Babies under the Skin (Panhandler Publishing 2007), won the Panhandler Chapbook Award, chosen by Naomi Shihab Nye. Her latest collection, A Crown for Gumecindo, was released by Aztlán Libre Press in the spring of 2015.
Guerrero was born and raised in the Southside of San Antonio and received the Academy of American Poets Prize, among others, from Smith College. Poets & Writers Magazine named Guerrero one of 10 top debut poets in 2014. A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying was listed as one of 14 must-read works of Chicano literature by Rigoberto Gonzalez and received an International Latino Book Award. Other honors include grants from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio and the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation.
A Crown for Gumercindo. San Antonio: Aztlan Libre Press, 2015.
A tongue in the mouth of the dying. University of Notre Dame Press, 2015.
Babies under the skin. Panhandler Publishing, 2007.
Michael Guinn holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work.
He has successfully fused the art of Spokenword and social awareness in a way that has made him one of the most sought after motivational speakers specializing in creative social awareness and youth empowerment. He is also the founder of the PSI Certified Fort Worth National Poetry Slams and the ForthWrite National Youth Poetry Team and is internationally renowned as one of the world’s hardest working performance poets, emcees, coordinators, poetry slam masters and youth/adult Spokenword event promoters. Guinn is also the co-founder of the NATIONAL POETRY AWARDS, The North Texas Spokenword Awards, Texas Spokenword Awards and continues to host several ongoing weekly, monthly, and annual poetry open mics for the past 16 years. He has appeared, featured, judged, hosted, facilitated workshops and helped organize events for the Austin International Poetry Festival, The Valley International Poetry Festival, The Arkansas Grand Slam, and The World Poetry Slam Championships just to name a few.
Guinn’s list of stellar accomplishments include Two National slam finals appearances, 5 time National Poetry Slam Semi-finalist, Toronto International Slam Co Champ , 5 Time Fort Worth Grand Slam Champ, 13 time NPS Slam Poet, 4 time Austin International Poetry Slam Champion, Great Plains Pile Up Slam Champ, Last Poet Standing Slam Champ and several literary awards including judge for the poetry category for the 2016 NAACP Image Awards. He is currently involved in two movie productions and an online web series called Battle Lines.
Crying in Colors: The Poemography of a Man. New Castle, DE: Jazzy Kitty Publishing, 2010.
A Bigger Boat: The Unlikely Success of the Albuquerque Poetry Slam Scene. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2008.
RICHIE D. MARRUFO
Richie Marrufo received his Bachelor of Arts in English and American Literature and is proceeding with his Master’s degree in with an emphasis on Multicultural Literature from The University of Texas at El Paso.
An English instructor at El Paso Community College, Marrufo is also the Project Director for the Barbed Wire Open Mic Series (BWOMS). BWOMS has provided performance space for poets, musicians, artists and thinkers since 2007. The mission is to provide performance space for the people in the El Paso/Juarez area, and it has won awards as the Best Open Mic in Texas.
Marrufo, himself a spokenword poet and emcee, has also won El Paso Community College’s Literary Fiesta Community Spirit Award.
Originally from Galveston, Texas, Lupe Méndez received his Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the On-line MFA in Creative Writing Program at the University of Texas at El Paso. As of 2014, Lupe was selected as a CantoMundo Fellow and continues to work on submissions, creating more writing workshop opportunities, and sharing his poetry with local high schools, colleges and community/arts centers.
He regularly works with Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say, the Word Around Poetry Tour, and the Brazilian Arts Foundation to promote poetry events, advocate for literacy/literature and organize creative writing workshops that are open to the public.
Lupe is an internationally published poet, in book and online formats, including Norton’s Sudden Fiction Latino: Short-Short Stories From The United States and Latin America, and the 25th anniversary edition of The Bayou Review (University of Houston-Downtown), Flash (University of Chester, England)—the international forum for flash fiction—Huizache, the magazine of Latino literature, Luna Luna Magazine, La Noria, Glassworks, and Revista Síncope (D.F., México). In 2012 Lupe was honored as one “Houston Press’ Creative 100s,” an annual spotlight on the Houston Press blog site where 100 artists & arts supporters are featured throughout the year. Lupe, along with the rest of the Librotraficante organizers, was also awarded the 2012 Downs Intellectual Freedom Award for the defense of Mexican American Studies and literature across the Southwest United States. Lupe also served as Fiction and Poetry editor for the online literary journal, Drunken Boat, on the Librotraficante Portfolio for their 18th issue.
“Norton’s Sudden Fiction Latino: Short-Short Stories From The United States and Latin America,” The Bayou Review. University of Houston-Downtown.
“Flash” (University of Chester, England)
“Huizache: The Magazine of Latino Literature.”
Revista Síncope (D.F., México).
Erica Navejar is the Horace Mann Junior High School Principal and author of “El Sueno, The Dream”. The story focuses on a family travels from their homeland of Mexico to America. But new hardships and tests await them in the strange land.
Language barriers and cultural differences are inevitable and aside from the daily struggle to make ends meet, they all have difficulty keeping their culture alive. Still, they cling to their dream of having a better life and a brighter future. Erica was born in McAllen, Texas.
“El Sueno / The Dream.” Xlibris Corporation, December 2012.
Sonia Nazario is a graduate of Williams College and has a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She has honorary doctorates from Mount St. Mary’s College and Whittier College. She began her career at the Wall Street Journal, and later joined the Los Angeles Times.
She is an award-winning journalist whose stories have tackled some of this country’s most intractable problems — hunger, drug addiction, immigration — and have won some of the most prestigious journalism and book awards.
A fluent Spanish speaker of Jewish ancestry whose personal history includes living in Argentina during the so-called dirty war, she is a passionate and dynamic speaker.
She spent 20 years reporting and writing about social issues for U.S. newspapers. She is best known for Enrique’s Journey, her story of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the U.S. Published as a series in the Los Angeles Times, Enrique’s Journey won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 2003. It was turned into a book by Random House that became a national bestseller and is now required reading at hundreds of high schools and colleges across the country. A Young Adult version of Enrique’s Journey was published in 2013 aimed at middle schoolers and reluctant readers in high school.
When a national crisis erupted in 2014 over the detention of unaccompanied immigrant children at the border, Nazario returned to Honduras to report an article that was published in The New York Times in July. In her piece, she detailed the violence causing the exodus and argued that it is a refugee crisis, not an immigration crisis. After the article was published, she addressed the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and gave many interviews to national media, including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, NBC’s Meet the Press, Anderson Cooper 360, and Al Punto with Jorge Ramos (Spanish).
Her humanitarian efforts led to her selection as the Don and Arvonne Fraser Human Rights Award recipient from the Advocates for Human Rights in 2015. She also was named a 2015 Champion for Children by First Focus, and a 2015 Golden Door winner by HIAS Pennslyvania. In 2016 the American Immigration Council gave her the American Heritage Award.
She serves on the advisory boards of the University of North Texas Mayborn Literary Non- fiction Writer’s Conference and of Catch the Next, a non-profit working to double the number of Latinos enrolling in college. She is also on the board of Kids In Need of Defense, a non-profit launched by Microsoft and Angelina Jolie to provide pro-bono attorneys to unaccompanied immigrant children.
“The Children of the Drug Wars, A Refugee Crisis, Not an Immigration Crisis.” New York Times. 11 July, 2015.
“The Heartache of an Immigrant Family.” New York Times. 14 Oct. 2013.
“Enrique’s Journey.” United Nations Chronicle.L:3 (September 2013).
“Child Migrants, Alone in Court.” New York Times. 10 April 2013.
Enriques Journey. New York: Random House, 2006 (Pulitzer Prize)
A renowned Chicana poet, Emmy Pérez received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and her MFA from Columbia University.
She has been a faculty member at the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley since 2006. During that time, she has chaired thirteen thesis committees and led her students to present at countless academic conferences and venues nationwide, to receive significant nationally competitive fellowships and awards and to have their poetry and other work published in prestigious peer-reviewed literary journals and anthologies.
Pérez’s poetry has been published in the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day series and appears on the Poetry Foundation online. Her work has also been published in journals such as Prairie Schooner, North American Review, Indiana Review, Crab Orchard Review, Pilgrimage Magazine, PALABRA: A Magazine of Chicano & Latino Literary Art, and other publications, including the anthologies Orange County: A Literary Field Guide (Heyday), Entre Guadalupe y Malinche: Tejanas in Literature & Art (University of Texas Press), New Border Voices: An Anthology (Texas A&M Press), and The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry (University of Arizona Press). She has work forthcoming in the anthology Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology (University of Georgia Press). Her lyric essays have appeared in A Broken Thing: Poets on the Line (University of Iowa Press) and IMANIMAN: Poets Reflect on Transformative & Transgressive Borders in Gloria Anzaldúa’s Work (Aunt Lute Books).
Together with Tato Laviera, Edna Ochoa and José Martinez she founded Cosecha Voices, a program that provides migrant farmworker youth the opportunity to document and share their testimonios www.utpa.edu/cosechavoices. In 2008, she founded an annual event on campus “El Retorno: El Valle Celebra Nuestra Gloria” that she coordinates with the Center for Mexican American Studies in honor of the late Gloria Anzaldúa. Over the years, she and her students, through service learning projects, have taught creative writing to youth and adults in three Edinburg, TX detention center facilities programs. In 2012, she received a University of Texas Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, and in 2016, a University Faculty Excellence Award for Student Mentoring.
Pérez is the recipient of a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in poetry. In previous years, she was a recipient of poetry fellowships from CantoMundo, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the MacDowell Colony, the Ucross Foundation, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. She has also received the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation Award for her poetry and the James D. Phelan Award for her prose writing. Since 2008, she has been a member of the Macondo Writers’ Workshop founded by Sandra Cisneros for socially engaged writers..
With the River on Our Face. Tuscon: University of Arizona Press, 2016.
Solstice. Swan Scythe Press, 2003. (poetry collection)
The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry. Tuscon: University of Arizona Press, 2007.
“La Aurora,” “History of Silence,” “Swimming,” “Solstice,” “Ars Poetica,” “One Morning,” “Irrigation,” and “When Evening Becomes Stellar” in Just Outside the Frame: Poets from the Santa Fe Poetry Broadside (Tres Chicas Books, 2005).
“Nests of Night” and “Self-Portrait, With Frida”
“One Morning” & “Look at You” in Notre Dame Review, 2006
“Midnight Rooster Song” in The Laurel Review, 2006
Poetas y Pintores, 2006. Traveling exhibit of Latina/o poetry & visual art collaborations
“Ghazal for Los Muertos” in North American Review, 2003.
“Soft-Gelled Capsule” in New York Quarterly, 2002.
“Bundling,” “Halliday Street,” & “The Room” in Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review,2002.
“Self-Portrait on the Border,” “Upon Seeing Pecan Trees in the Outskirts of El Paso,” & “Without Whitewash” in Indiana Review, 2002.
“After Revolution” & “I Am Looking” in Crab Orchard Review, 2001.
“Made of the Same,” “Stray Animal,” “La Bufadora,” & “In the Draining Canal” in Prairie Schooner,2001.
“From Here to Playa Luna” & “Bare Feet on the Streets” in Blue Mesa Review, 2001.
“The Border” and “The Breathing” in LUNA: A Journal of Poetry and Translation, 1999.
“Tumbleweed Rain” (fiction) in Story magazine, 1996.
John Quiñones is host of What Would You?, author, broadcast journalist and motivational speaker. What Would You? has made Quiñones the the face of doing the right thing.
His book What Would You Do?: Words of Wisdom About Doing the Right Thing was released April 21, 2015. He was the Grand Marshal of the Flambeau Parade in San Antonio last year and recently launched the 11th season of What Would You Do?. Quiñones regularly shares his story and perspective on diversity, ethics, education and perseverance during speaking engagements around the country.
WWYD is just the latest phase in a pioneering television news career spanning 35 years. He is the preeminent Hispanic network news correspondent and was recently honored with the Guerra Lifetime Achievement Award by the San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists.
Heroes Among Us: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Choices. New York: Harper, 2009.
Valentin Sandoval received the first ever award at UTEP for Independent Filmmaking in 1996. He won 1st Place for Documentary at UTEP’s International Film Festival 2006 and The Rasquache Film Festival, where he received an award for Best Documentary for the film “Clamor”. The awards allowed Valentin to work on industry films that came into El Paso through 1996-2002.
Sandoval became SAG eligible at the age of 21 in the film “On the Border,” where he acted with Pedro Armendarez, Jr, Brian Brown, and Daniel Baldwin, to name a few. He then worked as a lead actor in the acclaimed Cuban playwright Maria Irene Fornes’ play, “The Conduct of Life”. He went on to act on multiple plays in El Paso, and was the co-creator of a comedy troupe, “Chuco Town Raize,” that performed in Austin.
Sandoval then went on to work at Univision as a TV show Producer for four years. After that experience he began his career as a freelance multimedia content creator for Texas, and New Mexico political campaigns ranging from Juarez mayoral races, to Senator Shapleigh’s campaign against Dee Margo, and Senator Linda Lopez in New Mexico as well as the governors’ race with Gary King going up against, now governor, Suzana Martinez. He then worked with the SEIU and Mi Familia Vota (America’s largest voter registration non-profit) to create a documentary process, archiving the “Get the Latino Vote Out” for President Barrack Obama’s reelection campaign. The project required him to travel to 24 cities throughout a 3 month duration with famed organizer Dolores Huerta. He was named “the most important Latino you don’t know about” by The New Yorker.
South Sun Rises: A Bilingual Poetic Narrative of the Borderland. Santa Fe: Sherman Asher Publishing, 2014.
IRE’NE LARA SILVA
irene lara silva is the author of the poetry collections Blood Sugar Canto (Saddle Road Press, 2016) and furia (Mouthfell Press, 2010), the chapbooks, Enduring Azucares (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2015), ani’mal and INDíGENA, and the short story collection, flesh to bone (Aunt Lute Books, 2013). Her poetry, short stories and essays have appeared in more than fifty journals and anthologies, including Acentos Review, Ginosko Literary Journal, Mas Tequila Review, Pilgrimage, CIPACTLI, Kweli Journal, The Worcester Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Palabra, The Weight of Addition: Texas Poetry Anthology, Improbable Worlds Anthology, Beat Texas Poetry Anthology, Turtle Island to Abya Yala: A Love Anthology of Art and Poetry by Native American and Latina Women,and in the forthcoming New Border Voices. silva and Dan Vera are co-editing IMANIMAN: Poets Reflect on Transformative & Transgressive Borders Through Gloria Anzaldua’s Work, a forthcoming anthology of essays, poetry and hybrids of the two, to be published by Aunt Lute Books in 2017.
Silva is the 2014 Recipient of the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation Prize, the 2014 NACCS Tejas Foco 2nd place award for flesh to bone, the 2013 Premio Aztlán Fiction Award for flesh to bone, the 2013 Fiction Finalist for AROHO’s Gift of Freedom, and the 2008 recipient of the Gloria Anzaldua Milagro Award. She is a Macondo member and a 2010 Cantomundo Inaugural Fellow. From 2004 to 2008, she was the Executive Coordinator for the Macondo Writing Workshop/Macondo Foundation. She and Moises S. L. Lara were co-coordinators for the Flor De Nopal Literary Festival (2011-2015), and she was recently named a 2016-2018 Texas Touring Roster Artist.
“Blood-sugar-canto,” “dieta indigena,” and “the world is medicine,” in El Mundo Zurdo 4 Anthology, forthcoming.
“En trozos/in pieces” and “one-sided conversations with my mother” in Entre Guadalupe y La Malinche Anthology, forthcoming.
“Frontera me viste crecer” in the Beat Texas Anthology, forthcoming.
“Shame: a ghazal in pieces,” “you do not understand,” and “two sugars” in La Tolteca Zine, forthcoming.
“Despair” in AIPF Anthology, 2014.
“En trozos/in pieces” in Luna Luna Magazine, August 2014.
“October 2, 2013” and “no more barbed wire” in Dialogo, Fall 2014.
“I call myself back” in Chicana/Latina Studies MALCS Journal, June 2014.
“la huesera” in NewBorder: An Anthology. Spring 2014.
“Neuropathy: poems of 4 words or less” in Mujeres de Maiz, Spring 2014.
“The diabetic lover” in G.R.I.T.S. Anthology, Winter 2013.
“Diabeticepidemic” and “tierra” in the Gulf Stream Anthology, Fall 2013.
“Labwork,” “depression: an interrupted sestina,” and “the world is medicine” in Clackamas Literary Review, Fall 2013.
“Ode to the syringe” in Huizache Review, Fall 2013.
“The geo-physics of de-tribalization” in Unraveling the Spreading Cloth of Time: Indigenous Thoughts Concerning the Universe, April 2013.
“Poem for frida: patron saint of art and pain” in Bordersenses, Summer 2012.
“We don’t give morphine for heartburn” in Mas Tequila Review, Summer 2012.
“Susto” in El Retorno: Our Serpent’s Tongue, May 2012.
“cortando las nubes” in Yellow Medicine Review. Winter 2011.
“love of people” in Turtle Island to Abya Yala: A Love Anthology of Art and Poetry by Native American and Latina Women, December 2011
“the ocean’s tongue” in Acentos Review. September 2010.
“Question from the café’s only brown poet’ and ‘warning: for the indigena/o who writes” in Finding Gloria: Nos/Otras, 2010.
“I come from women illiterate and rough-skinned” in Kweli Journal, December 2009.
“hunger/hambre/mayantli” in Cipactli. January 2008.
“Did you find god on the roads” in Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders, Spring 2007.
“Pensar en ti” in Palabra: A Magazine of Chicano and Latino Art, November 2006.
“iIesa”, “freedom: second poem”, “la tinta”, “no dejaremos”, and “tierra de batalla” in Soleado: Revista de Literatura y Cultura, February 2006.
“My sister can’t sleep” in Worcester Review, December 2004.
“Corazonaztlan”, in Codex Aztlanahuac: In Search of a Homeland. Patricia Gonzales, Roberto Rodriguez, and Cecilio Garza Camarillo, Eds. November 2002.
“Trembling makes the earth speak” and “hungry” in Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review. Spring/Summer 2001.
“Quemame” and “mi vida my brown man” in Mesquite Review. May/June 1998.
“Behind the garden with no boundaries” in AIPF 2001: a diverse city odyssey. April 2001.
“duermate” in Kwelli Journal.
“One-sided conversations with my mother,” in La Palabra-The Word is a Woman/Mothers and Daughters Anthology.
Spanish Translation of “Reflections on mothers, fathers, poetry and the androgynous mind” in Revista Sincope.
“The geo-physics of de-tribalization,” La Bloga, Poets Responding to SB 1070.
The son of Mexican immigrants, Sergio Troncoso was born in El Paso, Texas and now lives in New York City. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and received two graduate degrees in International Relations and Philosophy at Yale University. He won a Fulbright scholarship to Mexico, where he studied economics, politics, and literature.
Troncoso has taught writing workshops at the Yale Writers’ Conference in New Haven, Connecticut and the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center in Sleepy Hollow, New York.
He is the author of The Last Tortilla and Other Stories, Crossing Borders: Personal Essays, and the novels, The Nature of Truth and From This Wicked Patch of Dust. He co-edited Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco- Violence.
Among the numerous awards he has won are the Premio Aztlan Literary Prize, Southwest Book Award, Bronze Award for Essays from ForeWord Reviews, International Latino Book Award, and Bronze Award for Multicultural Fiction from ForeWord Reviews. In 2015, he was elected to the board of councilors for the Texas Institute of Letters. He served as one of three national judges for the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. He was inducted into the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s Alumni Hall of Fame and the Texas Institute of Letters. He also received the Literary Legacy Award from the El Paso Community College. Troncoso is a member of PEN, a writers’ organization protecting free expression and celebrating literature.
The El Paso City Council voted unanimously to rename the Ysleta branch public library as the Sergio Troncoso Branch Library. Later the author established the annual Troncoso Reading Prizes for students in Ysleta.
Sarah Cortez and Sergio Troncoso, Eds. Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence. Houston: Arte Público Press, 2013.
From This Wicked Patch of Dust. Tuscon: University of Arizona Press, 2011.
Crossing Borders: Personal Essays. Houston: Arte Público Press, 2011.
The Nature of Truth. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2003; Houston: Arte Público Press, 2014.
The Last Tortilla and Other Stories. Tuscon: University of Arizona Press, 1999.