Carla Trujillo

California, United States

Member Since: 05/02/2012

Carla Trujillo’s novel, What Night Brings (Curbstone Press), received the Miguel Mármol Prize for best first work of fiction by a Latino/a writer, the Latino Book Award for fiction, and the Paterson Fiction Prize. It was a finalist for the LAMBDA Literary Award, ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year, and was an honorable mention for the Gustavas Myers Book Award. What Night Brings was one of three finalists for the University of Washington's "common book" for 2009 (read by all incoming first year students). Carla is also the editor of Living Chicana Theory  and Chicana Lesbians: The Girls Our Mothers Warned Us About. The anthologies and the novel are widely used in college and high school classrooms. Carla has also written various articles on identity and higher education. Her latest novel, Faith and Fat Chances, was a finalist for the 2012 PEN Bellwether Prize. Carla has been fortunate to study fiction with Sandra Cisneros, Thaisa Frank, Cherrie Moraga, and Junot Diaz, and has attended the Squaw Valley Writer’s conference and the Macondo Writing Workshop.  Carla works at UC Berkeley as the Director of the Graduate Diversity Program, and has taught fiction writing at the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Emerging Writers Retreat and the Macondo Writing Workshop.

Twitter Username: @trucarla


  • PEN Bellwether Prize (Finalist)(2012)


  • Bachelor of Arts in Human Development from UC Davis
  • Master of Science in Ed. Psych from U. Wisconsin--Madison
  • Doctoral Degree in Ed Psych from U. Wisconsin--Madison

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction