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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Rigoberto González: 200

A poet with this kind of jaw-dropping bio could easily turn his back on his community, could claim he doesn't have time to help other writers:

Rigoberto González, author of So Often the Pitcher Goes to Water until It Breaks (National Poetry Series), Other Fugitives and Other Strangers (Poetry Center Book Award), and Black Blossoms, has also written two bilingual children's books, Soledad Sigh-Sighs / Soledad Suspiros and Antonio's Card / La tarjeta de Antonio (Lambda Literary Award finalist); a novel, Crossing Vines (ForeWord Magazine Fiction Book of the Year); a story collection, Men Without Bliss; and a memoir, Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa (American Books Award, Before Columbus Foundation). The recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships and several international artist residencies, he is a contributing editor for Poets and Writers Magazine, writes a book review column for the Texas El Paso Times, and is on the Board of Directors of the National Book Critics Circle and the Advisory Circle of Con Tinta, a collective of Chicano/Latino activist writers. He is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University at Newark.

But that's not Rigoberto González. 

Over the past ten years he's reviewed Latino/Chicano titles for El Paso Times.

200 reviews.  Ten years.

"Dr. Hector P. Garcia, the legendary civil-rights leader from South Texas, once implored a banquet room filled with perhaps 500 Hispanic journalists from across the United States to continue to tell the stories of "our gente." "Because if you don't, no one else will," Garcia said. "

More here.

1 comment:

Jeannine said...

Rigoberto is definitely one of my heroes. It's almost as fun to read his reviews as his poetry, which I absolutely love. If there were ten more Rigobertos, it would make the poetry world a better place!