Showing posts with label You Don't Have a Clue. Show all posts
Showing posts with label You Don't Have a Clue. Show all posts

Friday, May 20, 2011

Reading and Dancing in San Antonio, Storytelling in Denver and San Francisco, Critiquing in the Latino West

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The reading and signing event for You Don't Have A Clue attracted an overflow crowd to the Twig Book Shop in San Antonio, TX on May 14. Sarah Cortez, Nanette Guadiano, Bertha Jacobson, Diana López and Manuel Ramos read from their respective stories, answered questions, and did interviews for a high school class working on a video project (who knows, it may show up on La Bloga one day.) Here are a few photos of the day - thanks to Bertha Jacobson and Flo Hernandez-Ramos for the use of their pics.

Weather, audience, and a great bookstore cooperated to make the event a hit

Bertha Jacobson, Manuel Ramos, Diana López, Sarah Cortez, Nanette Guadiano

Manuel Ramos, Sarah Cortez, Nanette Guadiano, Bertha Jacobson

Diana López

XXX Tejano Conjunto Festival

San Antonio without conjunto music is like a library without books - it makes no sense. Before and after the Twig event, Flo and I spent as much time as we could in Rosedale Park (Westside!) listening to some of the finest musicians in the world thrill a crowd that came to dance, cheer, stomp their feet and grito into the early morning hours. The outstanding lineup included famosos such as Los Tremendos Alacranes de David Flores, Oscar Hernández & The Tuff Band, Mingo Saldívar y Sus Tremendos Cuatro Espadas, Eva Ybarra, Max Baca y Los Texmaniacs, and The Hometown Boys, as well as younger groups just starting out who deserved a spot on the program. Special treats included bands that featured the heirs and relatives of Tony De La Rosa (Los De La Rosa Boys), and Ruben Naranjo (Ricky Naranjo y Los Gamblers) carrying on the traditions and excellence of their iconic patriarchs.

Another treat was listening to a young accordion player from the Netherlands, Dwayne Verheyden. The kid came on with Max Baca and the Texmaniacs, and those of us in the audience knew that something special was going to happen. Not just anybody gets asked to play at this festival -- you have to have something going for you that puts you above the rest, have paid your dues, or earned your chops, as they say, and so it was a bit unnerving to see the güerito strap on his Hohner squeeze box on the same stage where Flaco Jiménez, Narciso Martínez (that's him on the festival poster), Valerio Longoria, Steve Jordan, and Lydia Mendoza once wowed the crowd, where legends and myths come to life. Suffice to say no one was disappointed - the kid rocked. He more than managed to get the San Anto crowd to holler and dance and flip open their telephone video cams to record the scene.

This festival has inspired some of what I consider my best writing (read the opening chapter of The Ballad of Gato Guerrero, or listen to a reading of that chapter at this link.) San Antonio is an amazing city - not without faults like any metro area, but the gente, cultura and comida overwhelm with such good vibrations that it's easy to forget about recession, war, crime, and politics (at least for a few hours), as the accordion riffs echo in your ears, carnitas tacos drip on your fingers, and swaggering, decked-out dancers whirl under the lights.

¡Pura Chankla!

Before I forget - you ought to pick up a copy of the March/April American Book Review. This issue's theme is The Latino West and it's packed with important articles, reviews and opinion pieces written by Ricardo Gilb, Dagoberto Gilb, Yxta Maya Murray, David Dorado Romo, Josefina López, Oscar Villalon, Michael Jaime-Becerra, Sheryl Luna, Hector Cantú, Diana López, Alex Espinoza, Christine Granados, Lisa Alvarez, and Rene Perez. Several friends of La Bloga in that lineup. And the topics include Tim Z. Hernandez, Gilbert and Jaime Hernández, Alfredo Véa, Gary Soto, John Rechy, and the infamous Brando Skyhorse. Another gem from Texas - the periodical is a product of the School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Houston - Victoria.


Friday, May 06, 2011

Events - Clue and Otherwise

From Arte Público Press:

Edited by Sarah Cortez, You Don't Have a Clue: Latino Mystery Stories for Teens features young adults dealing with typical angst, but they also deal with every kind of thrilling situation imaginable--from missing girls to dismembered bodies. With a foreword by young adult literature expert, Dr. James Blasingame of Arizona State University, this collection is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats until the last page is turned.

Catch the Authors at a City Near You!

Contributors will present and sign copies of the book


May 6, 2011 Murder By The Book, featuring Sarah Cortez, Diana López and Gwendolyn Zepeda, 2342 Bissonnet, Houston, TX - 6:30 p.m.

May 7, 2011 Houston Writers Guild Conference "The Writer's Toolkit," featuring Sarah Cortez at 1:00 p.m., Sugarland First Baptist Church, 16755 Southwest Freeway, Sugarland, TX, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm (Registration required.)

May 13, 2011 Let's READ Conference, Edgewood ISD, San Antonio,TX, (Not open to the public)

May 14, 2011
The Twig Bookstore, 200 E. Grayson, San Antonio, TX with contributors Diana Lopez, Bertha Jacobson, Nanette Guardiano, Manuel Ramos and editor, Sarah Cortez at 1:00 pm. For more info, call 210-826-6411.

May 20, 2011
The Tattered Cover Bookstore, 2526 East Colfax Ave, Denver, CO hosts contributors Manuel Ramos and Mario Acevedo along with area teen writers at 7:00 pm. For more info, call 303-436-9219, ext 2736.

May 21, 2011
Annual Celebrating Words Festival sponsored by Tia Chucha Central Cultural, 1:00-7:00 pm, Sylmar, CA, Los Angeles Mission College, 13356 Eldridge Avenue, featuring Sarah Cortez moderating a panel "Writing the Crime/Mystery Novel" at 2:30 pm with contributor Alicia Gaspar de Alba as a panelist. Contributors L.M. Quinn and Chema Guijarro will be featured at 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm respectively reading and signing books in the Childrens and Teens Tent. For more info, call 818-939-3433.

May 24, 2011
BookExpo America (BEA), Javits Center, 655 W. 34th, New York City, Sarah Cortez autographs books from 9:30-10:30 am. (Registration required.)

June 1, 2011
Weiss Center for Children's and Young Adult Literature, New Jersey City University, 2029 Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City, NJ hosts Sarah Cortez and contributors Carlos Hernandez, R. Narvaez, and Sergio Troncoso from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Call 201-200-3548 for more info.

June 27, 2011
American Library Association's annual conference, New Orleans, hosts editor Sarah Cortez presenting and signing books at the LIVE@ Your Library Reading Stage at 11:00 p.m. (Registration required.)

The reviews for You Don't Have a Clue have been great. This sounds like an impressive read, and I can't wait to get my copy.

Booklist says: A police whisperer, a girl with no memory, a boy who hears voices in his head-- welcome to this generous collection of 18 mystery stories written by and featuring Latino authors and characters. Notable for the diversity of their vividly realized setting that range from Southern California's Venice Beach to the mean streets of the Bronx, and for the authenticity of their Spanish-studded language (a glossary is included), the stories range from noirish to whimsical but all have in common teenage protagonists who find themselves in danger and often desperate trouble...This excellent collection--enriched by a thoughtful foreword by YA scholar James Blasingame--gives faces to Latino teens in a most original way.

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books says: The mix of realistic and fantastic mysteries, combined with the wide range of tone and mood, guarantees broad reader appeal for this impressive collection.

Kirkus Reviews says: Cortez complements her adult level "Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery" (2009) with 18 new tales (from a largely different set of Latino/Latina authors) featuring teen characters and concerns...Overall, a consistent, well crafted collection.

Celebrate Lena Archuleta's commitment to literacy, community and the Denver Public Library. Ten years ago, the Denver Public Library Commission established the Lena Archuleta Community Service Award in honor of Lena, a longtime educator, civic leader and former Denver Public Library Commissioner. Her hard work and dedication to the community created a strong bond between the Hispanic Community and the Denver Public Library. The evening will feature guest readers, including Lena's friends, community leaders and students from the Lena Lovato Archuleta School, sharing passages that influenced their lives and celebrate the joy of reading. I'm proud to say that I am one of the readers.

Lena created a fund to support the Library's Latino Awards program, which honors leaders in the Hispanic Community who have made a positive and lasting impact. Proceeds from the Celebration, along with donations, will be added to the fund with a goal of endowing it to ensure that the Awards program, and Lena's legacy, will continue for many years to come.

General: $50
Lena Leaders: $100
Lena's Legacy: $250
To purchase tickets visit or call 720.865.2045

New West Denver Library

Also happening at a library is this community meeting to discuss plans for the new West Denver Library. Click on the image for a better view.

Daniel Valdez to Serenade Your Madrelinda this Sunday!

Serenata Madrelinda

Mother's Day Brunch and Concert

Fundraiser for the Angelica Martinez and Vera Ramirez Scholarship Funds (for students of our arts and education programs!)

Sunday, May 8 - 11 a.m.

Su Teatro @ The Denver Civic Theater

721 Santa Fe Dr.

Denver, Co 80204

Join us for a beautiful event honoring your mother! A delicious brunch followed by Daniel Valdez in concert. A memorable once in a lifetime opportunity.

$35 each - $120 for a family pack of 4.

Please purchase in advance! 303-296-0219


KUHF radio host Eric Ladau recently interviewed me for its website's Arte Público Press Author of the Month feature. Along with the transcript, our conversation is available to listeners on the station's interactive site through on-demand audio streaming here. Eric was very thorough in his preparation and questions. We talked about such diverse topics as symbolism and meaning in The Ballad of Rocky Ruiz, my recent short stories, ongoing issues that Latino/a writers deal with or use as context for their writing, and writing plans for the future. If you can spare a few minutes, check it out. Well done, Eric.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Get a Clue to What's Happening


You Don't Have a Clue, edited by Sarah Cortez, foreword by James Blasingame (Arte Público, April, 2011)

You Don't Have a Clue is aimed at the young adult audience and features several writers who should be familiar to La Bloga's readers. In case you can't read the graphic above, here's the list of contributors: Mario Acevedo, Patricia S. Carrillo, Sarah Cortez, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Nanette Guadiano, Chema Guijarro, Carlos Hernandez, Bertha Jacobson, Diana López, R. Narvaez, Daniel A. Olivas, Juan Carlos Pérez-Duthie, L.M. Quinn, Manuel Ramos, René Saldaña, Jr., Sergio Troncoso, Ray Villareal, Gwendolyn Zepeda. Quite a lineup.

The Denver kick-off for this book co-stars Mario Acevedo and Manuel Ramos, as well as students from Trevista at Horace Mann, who will read from their own writing. Join us on May 20 at 7:00 PM at the Tattered Cover (Colfax).

Meanwhile, editor-author Sarah Cortez and contributors Gwendolyn Zepeda and Diana López celebrate the publication of You Don't Have a Clue: Latino Mystery Stories for Teens at Houston's Murder by the Book (2342 Bissonnet Street, 77005). May 6, 2011, 6:30 p.m.

And in case you were wondering whether the book is any good, here's some of the review from Kirkus, a tough audience to please:

"Readers with a taste for the gruesome will be delighted by Xander’s discovery of a freshly severed human arm in his school locker in R. Narvaez’s hilarious and memorable Hating Holly Hernandez or the bloody, eye-gouging battle with alien fugitives in Mario Acevedo’s leadoff No Soy Loco. Along with scary tales of murder, attempted murder and kidnapping, less violent crimes solved by young detectives include stolen auto parts, santitos (religious figurines) and costume jewelry—along with an encounter with possible ghosts and a vision of the enraged Aztec goddess Coyolxauhqui rising up over Venice Beach in Alicia Gaspar de Alba’s The Tattoo. ... Sergio Troncoso contributes an anti-mystery in which a teenager simply shrugs off a near-fatal allergic reaction and moves on, and, in another ingenious twist on conventions, Carlos Hernandez crafts a smooth-talking Bronx teen who cements his reputation as a “cop-whisperer” when a face-blind friend’s girlfriend supposedly disappears after posting a suicide note. ... Overall, a consistent, well crafted collection."


Click on the image for information about several events scheduled for the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM

PBS - May 15th.

Produced by Raymond Telles (The Fight in The Fields) and Kenn Rabin, the new 2-hour documentary tells the epic story of the Mexican Revolution of 1910. Fueled by the Mexican people’s growing dissatisfaction with an elitist ruling regime, the revolution was led by two of the most intriguing and mythic figures in 20th century history -- Emiliano Zapata and Francisco “Pancho” Villa. At stake was Mexico’s ability to claim its own natural resources, establish long-term democracy, and re-define its identity. Capturing the color, drama, intrigue, and tragedy of the era, The Storm That Swept Mexico also explores how the Mexican revolution not only changed the course of Mexican history, transforming economic and political power within the nation, but also profoundly impacted the relationships between Mexico, the U.S. and the rest of the world. Over ten years in the making and featuring interviews with a variety of scholars, veterans of the Revolution, and a trove of film footage virtually unseen in close to a century, The Storm That Swept Mexico is a fascinating exploration of the beliefs and conditions that led to the revolution, influenced the course of the conflict, and determined its consequences over the century that followed. You can watch a trailer here.


What do you get when you assemble a collective of seasoned Chicano artists, add in some newer artists, lash together various styles then let loose with an unquestionable attitude? You get the The Wild Bunch.

Coming up in May to CHAC , “The Wild Bunch” exhibit, where, unlike old westerns these artists are not looking to ride off into the sunset. Al Sanchez, Stevon Lucero, Rob Yancey, Michael Canada , Robert Martinez, Carlos Sandoval, Robert Maestes and Jerry Vigil have harnessed their creative powers, donned their collective attitudes and set about to display a combination of Chicano art that by its mere variety, unity and integrity will entertain, enlighten and amuse. To be certain, this is not their first rodeo and it will not be their last! You’re invited to join us at “The Wild Bunch” art exhibit, to be held at the CHAC Gallery (772 Santa Fe Drive) from May 4 thru May 28, 2011. The opening for our exhibition is First Friday, May 6, 2011, 6-10pm. For more info Contact: Rob Yancey: 720-231-8191

Dates: May 4 thru May 28, 2011. Opening for our exhibition is First Friday May 6, 2011, 6-10pm Location: CHAC 772 Santa fe Dr., Denver CO


10th Annual Cesar Chavez Peace & Justice March
Saturday, March 26 at 8:30am
Location: Mass at St. Anthony's of Padua, then March to Denver Indian Center

John and Frank Montaño operate the Cervantes@MileHighCity literary blog - an international site that features interviews, news, reviews - kind of what La Bloga does, pero, todo en español. Currently they have an interview with yours truly - check it out here.

Todo lo Mexicano
For Mexicans there is a fine line between the modern and ancient, illusion and reality and the fantastic and everyday. Join us for an evening of theater based on the short stories of Mexico's most important writers. Prepare to be entertained by stories that are both eerie and absurd, funny and wry, passionate and chilling. Carlos Fuentes * Chac Mool- Juan Jose Arreola * The Switchman-Rosario Castellano* The Cooking Lesson- Octavio Paz *My Life with the Wave*- Alfonso Reyes* The Dinner- Elena Garro * Blame the Tlaxcaltecs. Click on the image for more info.

Sun, Stone and Shadows

And this just in from Su Teatro:
Enduring Legacies: Ethnic Histories and Cultures of Colorado expands the study of Colorado's past and present by adopting a borderlands perspective that emphasizes the multiplicity of peoples who have inhabited this region. This volume is the first to bring together comparative scholarship on historical and contemporary issues that span groups from Chicanas and Chicanos to African Americans to Asian Americans. Special book signing with contributing authors (including Su Teatro's very own board chair Phil Gallegos Jr.) this Saturday at 6 p.m. Attend the book signing and our Saturday night production of Todo lo Mexicano! - Everything Mexican! for $15 but only when you buy your ticket in advance! 303-296-0219

How about some writing advice from a damn good writer?

"Dear Writer: Although it must be a thousand years ago that I sat in a class in story writing at Stanford, I remember the experience very clearly. I was bright-eyes and bushy-brained and prepared to absorb the secret formula for writing good short stories, even great short stories. This illusion was canceled very quickly. The only way to write a good short story, we were told, is to write a good short story. Only after it is written can it be taken apart to see how it was done. It is a most difficult form, as we were told, and the proof lies in how very few great short stories there are in the world."

For the rest of John Steinbeck's letter, jump to here.


Friday, February 18, 2011

News and New Books

First up, a press release from Las Comadres about the list of books for the 2011 National Latino Book Club.

This is a very impressive list and I am happy to say that King of the Chicanos is part of the the July reading schedule.

Then, two new books markedly different from one another but that, in their own way, signify important milestones in the ever-expanding Chicana/Chicano and Latina/Latino literary canon.


Contact: Tina Jordan, AAP

AAP, Las Comadres Announce 2011 Titles for National Latino Book Club

New York, NY, February 8, 2011Las Comadres, the national Latina organization, in cooperation with the Association of American Publishers (AAP), has announced the 2011 titles for the Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Book Club. Officially launched in June 2008, the book club meets monthly nationwide to discuss English-language works written by Latino authors. The book club also has monthly teleconferences, scheduled conversations with authors of the selected works and other special guests. Sixteen comadre book club facilitators participated in the selection of the titles. The 2011 reading list below includes fiction, non-fiction and children’s literature.

  • January – Stay With Me, A Novel by Sandra Rodriguez Barron (HarperCollins Publishers). Special teleconference for The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature, Ilan Stavans, General Editor (Norton)
  • February – The Lady Matador’s Hotel, A Novel by Cristina García (Scribner)
  • March – The Next Big Story: My Journey Through the Land of Possibilities by Soledad O’Brien (Celebra)
  • April – The Frog Was Singing by Rita Rosa Ruesga (Scholastic Children’s), with additional discussion on The Trouble with Half a Moon by Danette Vigilante (Penguin Children’s)
  • May – The Island of Eternal Loves/La Isla de Los Amores Infinitos by Daína Chayiano (Random House/Vintage Español)
  • June – Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), with additional discussion on I Will Save You by Matt de la Peña (Delacorte Press) and The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • July – The Farthest Home is an Empire of Fire: A Tejano Elegy by John Phillip Santos (Penguin USA/Viking), with additional discussion on King of the Chicanos by Manuel Ramos (Wings Press), and Strawberry Fields: A Book of Short Stories by Chuy Ramírez (First Texas Publishers)
  • August – Conquistadora by Esmeralda Santiago (Random House)
  • September – The Realm of Hungry Spirits by Lorraine López (Grand Central) with additional discussion on The Traitor’s Emblem by Juan Gómez-Jurado (Atria Books)
  • October – If I Bring You Roses by Marisel Vera (Grand Central)
  • November – Tamales, Comadres, and the Meaning of Civilization by Carmen Tafolla and Ellen Riojas Clark (Wings Press) with additional discussion on Puerto Rican Goldilocks: A Lyrical Journey Through El Barrio by Marisel Anderson-Herrera (Author House)
  • December – The Couturiere, A Novel by María Dueñas (Atria Books)

Las Comadres President and CEO, Nora de Hoyos Comstock, continues to receive enthusiastic feedback from participants who credit the book club with introducing them to the work of Latino authors whose books they might not otherwise have read. “We are very happy with the response and are trying to find ways to continue to support as many authors as possible and to start book clubs in more cities,” Comstock said.

Best-selling author Esmeralda Santiago, the official spokesperson for the book club, expressed her pleasure at being a part of this experience. “The book club is providing an opportunity for Latinos nationwide as well as for book lovers across the country to share the pleasures of books and reading.” Currently, book clubs are held in 15 cities across Arizona, California, Connecticut, Washington DC, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island and Texas, with plans to expand in 2011 into many of the one hundred U.S. cities with Las Comadres members. The book club is open to the public. Readers can visit for details on locations for participating in the Las Comadres book club in their neighborhoods.

About Las Comadres
Las Comadres is a nationwide grassroots-based group of Latinas that was launched informally in April 2000 in Austin, Texas. The national networks were created in 2003 and have now grown to over 100 U.S. cities. Its 15,000 strong membership keeps Latinas connected via email networks, teleconferences, and monthly potluck events in individual cities. More information on Las Comadres can be found at For more information on about how to submit titles for the Las Comadres National Latino Book Club, please contact Tina Jordan at or (212) 255-0275.

About AAP
AAP is the national trade association of the U.S. book publishing industry. The association’s members include most of the major commercial publishers in the United States, as well as smaller and non-profit publishers, university presses and scholarly societies. AAP members publish hardcover and paperback books in every field, educational materials for the elementary, secondary, post secondary, and professional markets, scholarly journals, computer software, and electronic products and services. The protection of intellectual property rights in all media, the defense of the freedom to read and the freedom to publish at home and abroad, and the promotion of reading and literacy are among the association’s highest priorities.


These two new titles from Arte Público Press are exciting news. The first because a collection of Lalo Delgado's works is long overdue, but it looks like he finally is getting the publication treatment he deserved while he was still alive. The second because Latino crime fiction for young adults almost does not exist. The fact that a collection of this type of writing will soon be published, with a varied and excellent array of writers, is nothing but great. Text taken from the Spring, 2011, Arte Público marketing brochure.

Here Lies Lalo: Th
e Collected Poems of Abelardo Delgado
Abelardo "Lalo" Delgado, edited by Janica Linn Watts
Arte Público Press, April, 2011

Known as the “poet laureate de Aztlán” and called “the grandfather of Chicano literature” in his 2004 obituary in The New York Times, Delgado used his words to fight for justice and equal opportunity for people of Mexican descent living in the United States. A twelve-year-old when he emigrated from northern Mexico to El Paso, Texas, Delgado’s development as a poet and writer coincided with the Chicano Civil Rights movement, and so his poems both reflect the suffering of the oppressed and are a call to action. “We want to let america know that she / belongs to us as much as we belong in turn to her / by now we have learned to talk / and want to be in good speaking terms / with all that is america.”

Available for the first time to mainstream audiences, Delgado’s poems included in this landmark volume were written between 1969 and 2001, and are in Spanish, English, and a combination of both languages. While many of his poems protest mistreatment and discrimination, especially as experienced by farm workers, many others focus on love of family and for the land and traditions of his people.

Delgado wrote and self-published 14 books of poetry—none of which are available today—and five of them are included in this long-awaited volume. These poems by a pioneering Chicano poet and revolutionary are a must-read for anyone interested in the Chicano Civil Rights movement and the origins of Chicano literature.

Abelardo Lalo Delgado (1930-2004) was a poet, activist and educator. He is the author of 14 books of poetry, and his poems have been anthologized in numerous textbooks and anthologies, including Hecho en Tejas: An Anthology of Texas Mexican Literature (University of New Mexico Press, 2008). He graduated from the University of Texas-El Paso in 1962, and helped create the Chicano Studies departments at universities throughout the western U.S. including the University of Denver. He taught Chicano Studies at Metropolitan State University in Denver for 17 years.

You Don't Have a Clue: Latino Mystery Stories for Teens
Edited by Sarah Cortez
Arte Público, April, 2011

The teens featured in these stories deal with situations typical to all young adults, including attraction to the opposite sex—or to the same sex, in one story—and first sexual encounters, problems with family and friends, academic and personal aspirations.

But they also deal with every kind of thrilling situation imaginable, from missing girls to kidnappings and dismembered bodies. A young girl finds herself living with her “family,” though she has no memory of them or who they claim she is. A geek at a prestigious public high school finds himself working with his very attractive arch-rival to solve the mystery of a severed, bloody arm that appears inexplicably in his locker. And Mike’s life sucks when his parents split up, but it gets worse when his best friend is abducted by a thug shot by Mike’s dad, a police officer. There’s something for everyone here, with aliens, ghosts and even an Aztec god making appearances in these stories.

Set in schools and communities from New York City to Venice Beach, California, the protagonists reflect the breadth and diversity of the Latino authors included in this innovative collection. Published authors such as Mario Acevedo, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Diana López, Manuel Ramos and Sergio Troncoso appear alongside less well-known authors who deserve more recognition. With an introduction by young adult literature expert Dr. James Blasingame of Arizona State University, this collection is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats until the last page is turned.

Sarah Cortez is a poet, educator, and law enforcement officer. She is the author of a poetry collection, How to Undress a Cop (Arte Público Press, 2000), which won the PEN Texas Literary Award in Poetry, and the editor of Windows into My World: Latino Youth Write Their Lives (Piñata Books, 2007), winner of a 2008 Skipping Stones Honor Award; Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery (Arte Público Press, 2009) and Indian Country Noir (Akashic Books, 2010). She lives in Houston, Texas.


My story, Back Up, is in You Don't Have a Clue. I don't have a complete list of all the authors, so if you are also in this anthology let us know who you are and the name of your story.

Melinda Palacio should be back next Friday with tales of her travels and adventures. Check her out.