Senior editor Scott Duncan-Fernandez interviews Enrique C. Varela, winner of the 2022 Extra Fiction Contest with his story "La Elotera" and author of the upcoming memoir Twisted: Tales from a Crip(ple).
Read "La Elotera": https://www.somosenescrito.com/fiction-ficcioacuten/emerald-powder-onto-the-elote
Enirque C. Varela's website: https://ecv805.wixsite.com/portfolio
Chicano. Lisiado. Storyteller. Enrique C. Varela hails from Oxnard, California, the land his parents immigrated to from the state Guadalajara, Jalisco, in Mexico. He holds a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Writing minor to accompany it like a solid friend. Two of his short stories have been published in Chiricú Journal & The Acentos Review, respectively. His upcoming memoir, Twisted: Tales from a Crip(ple) is slated to be published by Between the Lines Publishing in the coming year. He is beyond excited. His ethnic background is Mexicano. Though his skin pigment tells another story.
Somos en escrito senior editor Scott Duncan-Fernandez interview V. Castro on her upcoming book Aliens: Vasquez available October 25, 2022.
V. Castro was born in San Antonio, Texas, to Mexican American parents. She’s been writing horror stories since she was a child, always fascinated by Mexican folklore and the urban legends of Texas. Castro now lives in the United Kingdom with her family, writing and traveling with her children. https://vcastrostories.com/
Somos en escrito editors Jenny Irizary and Scott Duncan-Fernandez interview poet David Romero on his book My Name is Romero and music, pochismo, history, celebrities, and burritos.
David A. Romero is a Mexican-American spoken word artist from Diamond Bar, CA. Romero is the author of My Name Is Romero (FlowerSong Press), a book reviewed by Gustavo Arellano (¡Ask a Mexican!), Curtis Marez (University Babylon), and founding member of Ozomatli, Ulises Bella. Romero has received honorariums from over seventy-five colleges and universities in thirty-three different states in the USA. Romero was a guest for the inaugural Elba Poetry Festival in Tuscany, Italy and has featured for Paris Lit Up in Paris, France. Romero's work has been published in literary magazines in the United States, England, and Canada. Romero has opened for Latin Grammy winning bands Ozomatli and La Santa Cecilia. Romero's work has been published in anthologies alongside poets laureate Joy Harjo, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Luis J. Rodriguez, Jack Hirschman, and Tongo Eisen-Martin. Romero has won the Uptown Slam at the historic Green Mill in Chicago; the birthplace of slam poetry. Romero's poetry deals with family, identity, social justice issues, and Latinx culture.
Somos en escrito editors Jenny Irizary, Armando Rendon, and Scott Duncan-Fernandez interview Carlos Fidel Espinoza on his new poetry book How to Lie to a Customs Agent.
Carlos Fidel Espinoza, is a writer, musician, and activist from the El Paso/ Juarez Frontera. His work has appeared on Vice, NPR, Words on A Wire, and State of the Arts. His writing can be read in Acentos Review, Spry Literary Journal, BorderSenses, Pilgrimage, and Shantih Literary Journal among others. He contributed to the editing of Andres Montoya’s post-humous collection of poetry, A Jury of Trees and was a featured reader at “Together We Will Be a Song, a Celebration of Andres Montoya’s Life and Work.” As an advocate for literature, Carlos Fidel Espinoza works as the editor-in-chief of Barrio Panther Literatura Magazine and was the Artistic Director for Border-Sense. He worked as the editor for ForWord a literary journal for young writers, and as the editor for Border Senses Literary Journal’s fifteen year anniversary publication. Carlos holds a Bilingual Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at El Paso. He teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Texas at El Paso, and El Paso Community College. https://espinozawrites.com/
Somos en escrito editors Armando Rendon, Jenny Irizary and Scott Duncan-Fernandez interview Sergio Troncoso on publishing, Chicanismo, writing and his new book Nobody's Pilgrims.
Sergio Troncoso was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. His previous works include A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son, From this Wicked Patch of Dust, and The Last Tortilla. He often writes about the United States-Mexico border, immigrants, families and fatherhood, and crossing cultural, religious, and psychological borders. Among the numerous awards he has won are the International Latino Book Award for Best Collection of Short Stories, Kay Cattarulla Award for Best Short Story, Premio Aztlan Literary Prize, Southwest Book Award, Bronze Award for Essays from ForeWord Reviews, and the Silver and Bronze Awards for Multicultural Fiction from ForeWord Reviews. Troncoso has taught fiction and nonfiction at the Yale Writers' Workshop in New Haven, Connecticut for many years. He has served as a judge for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the New Letters Literary Awards in the Essay category. His work has recently appeared in New Letters, Yale Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Texas Monthly, and New Guard Literary Review. The son of Mexican immigrants, Troncoso grew up on the east side of El Paso in rural Ysleta. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and received two graduate degrees in international relations and philosophy from Yale University. A Fulbright scholar, Troncoso was inducted into the Hispanic Scholarship Fund's Alumni Hall of Fame and the Texas Institute of Letters (TIL). He currently serves as TIL President.
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