S189. The Latino Short Story: Continuity, Innovation, and the Voices of Story Writing

Room LL5, Western New England MFA Annex, Lower Level
Saturday, March 1, 2014
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


The short story is a vital American literary form. Through its continuity and innovation, the short story hears and reflects the individual and collective voices of culture and history. This panel of Latin@ short story writers, who have recently published collections, will consider the problems and possibilities—aesthetically, traditionally, ideologically, and culturally—of publishing short story collections, while also exploring the tensions and joys of publishing with smaller presses.



Fred Arroyo is the author of Western Avenue and Other Fictions, and the novel The Region of Lost Names. A recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission, he lives in South Dakota and teaches at the University of South Dakota.

Lorraine López teaches in Vanderbilt’s MFA program. She’s published three essay collections and five books of fiction, including Homicide Survivors Picnic. Recent publications include a novel, The Realm of Hungry Spirits and two coedited collections, The Other Latin@ and Rituals of Movement.

Benjamin Alire Saenz is a poet, fiction writer, and young adult novelist. He is a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and an American Book Award winner. His latest offering, a collection of short stories: Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club was the recipient of the 2013 PEN Faulkner Award for fiction. He is the chair of the Creative Writing Department at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Jennine Capó Crucet is the author of How to Leave Hialeah, which won the John Gardner Book Prize, the Iowa Short Fiction Award, and the Devil’s Kitchen Award. Winner of a PEN/O. Henry Prize and a recent Picador Fellow at the University of Leipzig, she is an assistant professor at Florida State.

Daniel Chacón is author of Hotel Juárez: Stories, Rooms, and Loops; Unending Rooms; and the shadows took him; and Chicano Chicanery. His awards include the Hudson Prize and an American Book Award. He is co-host of Words on a Wire and is a photographer. www.soychaconblogspot.com


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