Sergio Troncoso, Octavio Solis & Domingo Martinez
Sergio Troncoso, author of such books as The Last Tortilla and Other Stories, A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son, and Crossing Borders, as well as a resident faculty member of the Yale Writers’ Workshop, is for this evening and occasion also an editor, as he and two contributors to his edited anthology, Nepantla Familias: An Anthology of Mexican American Literature on Families in Between Worlds (Texas A&M University Press) read from and discuss their work tonight. Two writers based here in the Northwest, Domingo Martinez (The Boy Kings of Texas, My Heart is a Drunken Compass) and playwright Octavio Solis, are expected to join Sergio Toncoso for this virtual program. Nepantla Familias includes over twenty writers, Reyna Grande, Francisco Cantú, Rigoberto González, and Helena Maria Villamontes among them.
"Such a window, such an ax, into the hard, human struggles of writers, sisters and brothers here — resolving, harmonizing and perhaps, simply just telling their Nepantlas. These lives in-between bridges of culture, of gender, of memory and presence, invisibility and courage, of raped bodies on the precipice of healing and wholeness, of speaking versus silence, of shame in-between wholeness, of big time university life then riding back to Segundo Barrio DNA. And of mothers drifting and daughters blazing in the Now. Each page, a revelation. Each story, a valley of tears and a mountain of triumph. This Nepantla Familia will tear your heart open. You will finally get to feel like a human being. You will have humanity in your hands. One of a kind, I thank Troncoso for this anthology — I bow before these writers of truth and love. A mega-ground-crackling and life expanding house of diamonds."—Juan Felipe Herrera.