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    Burn The Wagon: Call For Submissions

               Burn the Wagon Chapbook Series Our city’s official logo proudly proclaims El Monte’s place at the “end of the Santa Fe Trail.” The white covered wagon at the center of the logo places white Americans as El Monte’s “pioneers.” Indigenous people that occupied these lands before and the Mexican, Latino, […]

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Taking a Spin at the Debutante Ball

I am thrilled to be over at The Debutante Ball, which is a site run by 5 authors whose first books are pubbing this year.

I was interviewed by the lovely Stephanie Jimenez, whose debut novel They Could Have Named Her Anything pubs this August–it’s available for preorder now!

Share the interview on FB and Twitter and comment for a chance to win a copy of BOLERO!


New Story in The Acentos Review!

I wrote “The Death of the Fairy Tale” back when I was an undergrad, for a fiction workshop. I consider it the first real short story I ever wrote. (As a teenager I wrote poems.) My professor dug it and said it was one of the pieces closest to being done that he’d ever read in a workshop.

Strangely, the story is speculative, which I can’t really explain. Everything I’ve published since has been realistic. As it’s a rather odd story, it’s been hard to place. I tried sci-fi/fantasy journals, with no luck.

Now I am happy to report this +18-year-old-story (!) has found a home at The Acentos Review!

The story is mostly unchanged from when I first wrote it. However, initially the characters were not specifically Latino–it wasn’t really until grad school that I became focused on writing about the Latino experience. The story was already set in New York City, before I had ever lived there. But when I made the main character Latina, I changed the setting of her home from Long Island to Sunset Park, a mostly Mexican neighborhood in Brooklyn where I lived for a year.

The original idea was: what if someone’s imaginary friend met someone else’s imaginary friend? It evolved from there. Don’t ask me what it’s about. What do YOU think it’s about?

Latina Outsiders coming soon!

Here is the cover for the hardcover library edition, out in June!

latina outsiders

And the super cool Table of Contents. I’m #5.

I won’t be at AWP in Portland this year, but if you are, you can go hear some of the contributors read at Milagro!

awp event


Happy Black History Month!

Here are a few reading lists to help make the most of your February.

And I personally recommend:

Drinking Coffee Elsewhere: Stories by ZZ Packer
Lost in the City: Stories by Edward P. Jones

27 Books To Read in Honor of Black History Month

12 inspiring books to read in honor of Black History Month

Macondo Writers Workshop 2019

The Macondo Writers Workshop, which I cannot recommend highly enough, is currently accepting applications for the Workshop in San Antonio this July! The application is on the website–deadline is February 15. Macondo is where I workshopped “To Visit the Cemetery” in my collection.

These are the workshops and instructors. (Sandra Cisneros and Ruth Behar will also be leading a workshop, for past Macondistas!)

  • Fiction: Helena Maria Viramontes
  • Poetry: Sherwin Bitsui
  • Creative Non-Fiction/Memoir: Joy Castro



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