Tuesday, April 1 in the Alice Peters Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.
The M.F.A. Program is proud to host Spring 2008 Visiting Writer Dagoberto Gilb for a reading and book signing on Tuesday, April 1 in the Alice Peters Auditorium (PB 191) starting at 7:00 p.m. Dagoberto is also touring to promote his most recent book, The Flowers, a novel, which is garnering praise from reviewers at the Houston Chronicle and the Los Angeles Times.
The event is free and open to the public with parking provided in the UBC lot. Please join us for an exciting evening of great prose!
Dagoberto Gilb was born in the city of Los Angeles, his mother a Mexican who crossed the border illegally, and his father a Spanish-speaking Anglo raised in East Los Angeles. They divorced before he began kindergarten. He attended several junior colleges until he transferred to the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he studied philosophy and religion and graduated with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. After that, he began his life as a construction worker, migrating back and forth from Los Angeles and El Paso. After becoming a father, he joined the union in Los Angeles; a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, he became a class-A journeyman carpenter, and his employment for the next twelve years was on high-rise buildings.
He is the author of Gritos, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Woodcuts of Women, The Magic of Blood, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award, The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acuña, and the editor of Hecho in Tejas: An Anthology of Texas American Literature. His essays and fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, and The Best American Essays.
Dagoberto Gilb’s work has been translated into French, Italian, Japanese, German, Spanish, and Dutch. Anthologized in many literary and college composition textbooks, his fiction and nonfiction is taught in Chicano, Latino, American, and Western literature courses. His work has been honored by national prizes, such as the Whiting Writers’ Award and the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and recognized through the El Paso Writer’s Hall of Fame, the Library of Congress Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape, and the Texas Book Festival’s Bookend Award for Ongoing Literary Achievement.
He lives in Austin, Texas. He has been a visiting writer at the University of Texas at Austin, University of Wyoming, University of Arizona, and Vassar. He is now a tenured professor in the Creative Writing Program at Texas State University, in San Marcos, Texas. He is a visiting writer at Cal State Fresno from February until May of 2008.