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Sunday, March 07, 2010

just out


Let's see. Rigoberto González has published two books of poems, a novel, a book of short stories, two children's books, a YA novel, and now he's edited Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing, just out from the University of Arizona. The anthology brings together some of the best writing published by the Camino del Sol series, which publishes books by Latina/os.

And he still has the time (!!!) to write a monthly book review column, to be a contributing editor for Poets & Writers Magazine, and to be on the Board of Directors of the National Book Critics Circle.

I'm not even mentioning all the flying he does around the country to give readings/ lectures. Or his mentoring. Or his teaching at both a traditional MFA program and a low-residency program.

Lord have mercy on the rest of us!

Here's a provocative snippet from Rigoberto's introductory essay:
For the serious Chicano/Latino author of relevant writing, there is no “art for art’s sake” or the luxury of separating identity from imagination or experience. Such posturing is the indulgence of the privileged---the hobbyist writing of dilettantes and children of leisure disguised as “artistes,” or, more tragically, the insecure scribblings of delusional writers of color who believe they will transcend their ethnic identities and be hailed simply as “writers.” In this race-conscious society we all inhabit, such wishful thinking remains a fantasy.


And did I mention his author photos are taken by Marion Ettlinger?

Oops! He's also written a memoir.

2 comments:

Suzanne said...

I can't wait to read this!!

C. Dale said...

I have been, and remain, stunned by the amount of work Rigoberto is able to do. It is humbling.