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Sergio Troncoso

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Sergio Troncoso is a writer of essays, short stories, and novels. He often writes about the United States-Mexico border, immigration, philosophy in literature, families and fatherhood, and crossing cultural, religious, and psychological borders. Among the numerous awards he has won are the Premio Aztlan Literary Prize, Southwest Book Award, Bronze Award for Essays from ForeWord Reviews, International Latino Book Award, and Bronze Award for Multicultural Fiction from ForeWord Reviews.

Troncoso teaches at the Yale Writers' Workshop in New Haven, Connecticut and the Hudson Valley Writers' Center in Sleepy Hollow, New York. Recently he served as one of three national judges for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and as final judge in the essay c
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Sergio Troncoso At the moment it is Aristotle and Dante in Benjamin Saenz's Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. This couple is about friendship…moreAt the moment it is Aristotle and Dante in Benjamin Saenz's Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. This couple is about friendship most of all, and how that friendship endures pain and discovery and finally self-realization for both men. I found the prose beautifully written and the characters engaging. The book brought me to El Paso, my hometown, and it brought me to my youth in Ysleta, the weird sense of not knowing who you are or who you want to be, or whether any of it matters at all. I lost myself in this novel and in Aristotle and Dante's relationship, and through their interactions and dialogue I felt I got to know them, and myself, and the many secrets we keep inside, sometimes for a lifetime.(less)
Sergio Troncoso The best thing about being a writer is that you get to live the life of the mind, you get to explore your ideas in books, and you get to empathize…moreThe best thing about being a writer is that you get to live the life of the mind, you get to explore your ideas in books, and you get to empathize with characters who are often very different from you.

I think you have to be very self-motivated as a writer. I was always a loner and actually enjoy being alone reading books, creating stories, imagining other worlds. So having a life that allows me to do that most of the time is a dream. I think you have to be a hard worker as a writer. You need to improve your craft, to question yourself and never be quite content with your literary skills.

Another wonderful thing about being a writer is finding those readers who truly take the time to read and reread your stories, to understand them and dig deep into them. When you find one of those readers, or they find you, then you feel as a writer that you were heard, that your very solitary work found resonance elsewhere. You feel, well, not alone anymore.(less)
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Please help me spread the word. At the Texas Institute of Letters, I
have permanently endowed the Sergio Troncoso Award for Best Work
of First Fiction ($1,000).

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Troncoso Award will be given to a first novel or short-story collection
by an author from Texas or writing about Texas. The publication date of
the work must be in 2017. The deadline for submission is January 2, 2018.

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The Last Tortilla and Other Stories (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: A Rock Trying To Be a Stone: Three boys play a dangerous game that becomes a test of character on the Mexican-American border. Angie Luna: A short story about a young man from El Paso, Texas who falls in love with an older woman from Mexico and rediscovers his Mexican heritage.

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“What finished destroying any 'we' the old country possessed—now that I think about it—was when we, too, became the media. When we sold ourselves for nothing. When we became anonymous online. When the vilest could be heard and amplified. When any fame, or infamy, meant we were alive. Split-second reactions with a Love ping, or quick condemnations with a Hate ding, these became our identities. We reduced thought to three sentences. We stopped talking to each other except through our media; we stopped wasting and creating time as selves alone; our media selves became our only selves. At first I imagined it a new culture. Amusing stupidities, I thought.

But these reactions, did they damage our thinking forever? These games, over years, did they reprogram our interactions with each other, becoming our reasons, arguments, even moral beliefs?...

What saved me, what gave me a sense of perspective, was also what had condemned me: I had been born at the edge of the edge of a crumbling world.

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"From the Wicked Patch of Dust is a real treasure with richness in detail and emotion. It is a story both fictitious while entirely plausible. The plot, themes and characters resonant with the reader for authenticity and dynamism.

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“What happens when we start believing the world and what is important in it are only these reactions and prejudices? What kind of gulag is it when its inhabitants are too stupid to understand they are its prisoners?”
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“What happens when we start believing the world and what is important in it are only these reactions and prejudices? What kind of gulag is it when its inhabitants are too stupid to understand they are its prisoners?”
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“I am in between. Trying to write to be understood by those who matter to me, yet also trying to push my mind with ideas beyond the everyday. It is another borderland I inhabit. Not quite here nor there. On good days I feel I am a bridge. On bad days I just feel alone.”
Sergio Troncoso, Crossing Borders: Personal Essays

“Rich people don’t have to have a life-and-death relationship with the truth and its questions; they can ignore the truth and still thrive materially. I am not surprised many of them understand literature only as an ornament. Life is an ornament to them, relationships are ornaments, their 'work' is but a flimsy, pretty ornament meant to momentarily thrill and capture attention.”
Sergio Troncoso, Crossing Borders: Personal Essays

“I held Angie Luna in that room for hours, and I remember the different times we made love like epochs in a civilization, each movement and every touch, apex upon abyss. In the luxury of our bed, we tried every position and every angle. I explored the curves on her body and delighted in seeing the freedom of her ecstasy. Her desperate whispers and pleas. I told her I loved her, and she said she loved me too. We lay in bed with our limbs entangled, in a pacific silence that reminded me of existing on a beach just for the sake of such an existence. I couldn't imagine the world ever becoming better, and for some strange reason the thought slipped into my head that I had suddenly grown to be an old man because I could only hope to repeat, but never improve on, a night like this. I finally took her home sometime when the interstate was empty, and the bridges seemed to lead to nowhere, for they were desolate too.”
Sergio Troncoso, The Last Tortilla: and Other Stories

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“I exercised my mental muscles in the library, and lo and behold, I transformed myself from a casual reader into a focused one. So it was more than just free books, but also free space and a culture that reinforced settling down, deep reading, thinking, imagining, and exploring with my mind. I am no doubt a writer today because I had a place to go as a kid, where I knew stories were essential, and where everybody also reveled in the wonder within books.”
Sergio Troncoso, Crossing Borders: Personal Essays

“Words are the residue that I was there, that I loved my wife, that I kissed my children goodnight, that I sacrificed my life for them. Words are a curse. Life is a curse. Words escape life. Life escapes words. What in God's name am I? How does someone name a God? What is it to name yourself?”
Sergio Troncoso, Crossing Borders: Personal Essays

“I am in between. Trying to write to be understood by those who matter to me, yet also trying to push my mind with ideas beyond the everyday. It is another borderland I inhabit. Not quite here nor there. On good days I feel I am a bridge. On bad days I just feel alone.”
Sergio Troncoso, Crossing Borders: Personal Essays

“I hated seeing these spasmodic upside-down chicken heads stretching to puncture my flesh. I imagined once that they reached my groin and pecked out my penis and my huevos and kept pecking until they got to my gut and my eyes and my brain, until I was just a pecked-out piece of human meat surrounded by thousands of nervous, dirty white chickens. I think that was about the time I fucked up a pair of chicken heads against a warehouse wall when no one was looking. Well, almost no one. Rueben was right behind me, and that's when he grinned his stupid grin. Maybe he hated the chickens as much as I did. Maybe he just knew que ya me iba también a la chingada. Maybe I was going on my first joy ride to hell and back, and it was fun to watch.”
Sergio Troncoso, The Last Tortilla: and Other Stories

“A group of ten prisoners from Dachau, I was with them, we hid in the forest to wait for the Americans. The Germans had already left everything behind. We had food but no weapons. For days we could hear bombs exploding around us. We just wanted to survive long enough for the Americans to control the territory. We didn’t want to die. At that point, our prison uniforms were the only things to keep us from being shot on the spot by the Americans. That was all we had. Who would the Americans believe? Real prisoners or guards dressed as prisoners? Those devils might even say we were the Germans. This was our nightmare.”
Sergio Troncoso, The Nature of Truth

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