Dagoberto Gilb is one of the unique voices in American literature today. A construction worker turned writer, Gilb writes unsentimentally and provocatively about the lives of working class Chicanos from El Paso, Texas.
For Gilb's most recent work, Woodcuts of Women, Annie Proulx writes: "These stories of working class, low-rent lives illuminated by the small pleasures of sex and drink and food and sleep and relief from the heat, stories of people with explosive tempers stumbling back and forth over cultural borders, of pregnancies and evictions and sudden love, of the end of the job, of dirty pillows and the scent of 'the burning skin of green chile,' of sharp sexual attractions and the hundred intimacies and antagonisms between men and women, are like no others. We need these stories."
Dagoberto Gilb won the PEN/Hemingway Award for The Magic of Blood, which was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. His novel, The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acuña, was praised by The New York Times for "a deft, ironic style" reminiscent of Anton Chekhov and Raymond Carver. Gilb's stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, American Short Fiction, The Threepenny Review, Harper's Magazine, and many other magazines. He is also the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Writers' Award, and the National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship. He teaches creative writing at Southwest Texas State University.
Sergio Troncoso's first book, The Last Tortilla and Other Stories, won the Premio Aztlán and the Southwest Book Award. Born in El Paso, Texas and currently living in New York City, he is a member of The Hudson Valley Writers' Center Board of Directors.
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