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.