2013 top ten “new” latino authors to watch (and read)

2013 top ten “new” latino authors to watch (and read)

latinostoriesLast night I received the news that Jose B. Gonzalez founder and editor of LatinoStories.com has named me on his Top Ten “New” Latino Authors to Watch (and Read) page. I could not be more pleased or honored. Grateful. Especially on a day when I couldn’t help but think “who’s listening” as I struggle with revising my novel project.

terry gilliam’s man of la mancha

terry gilliam’s man of la mancha

This article gives some hope for the film. And I remember the documentary from a while back about the failed project. I hope Depp and Gilliam can get this going again. I like Terry Gilliam movies.

The Story Behind the Book

The lady from the old neighborhood who read my book leans forward, her hair pepper gray and black. Her eyes really only half open the entire time. Her one hand holds a stack of envelopes and the other a blue and leather handbag as large as you think of the state of Colorado as large. Behind her an unending line of patrons waiting in line at the post office.

She is old with a round stomach, wearing purple stretch pants and white Keds. Her round arms jiggle with fat as she points towards me and speaks. There, in line, the woman begins with, “Hey, John Paul!”

And I stop. Her arms filled with letters and greeting cards for her grandkids still in between us.

“I have to tell you,” the woman and her Grandmother smell tells me, “the profanity from your people shocked me.”

I say, “Excuse me?”

She says…

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palabra, a magazine of chicano and latino literary art issue 8

Palabra 8I’ve long read and admired elena minor’s publication, Palabra, A Magazine of Chicano and Latino Literary Art. And I am so pleased to see my fiction available now in Issue 8. Here’s the official release.