September 30, 2010
Public Affairs Assistant
The University of Texas at El Paso
915-747-6409 / 915-929-4511
Award Winning Writer and Poet to Speak at UTEP
The University of Texas at El Paso will host award-winning writer Dagoberto Gilb at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6 in the Tomás Rivera Conference Center in Union Building East, third floor. Gilb will be the first author in the Friends of the UTEP Library Lecture Series.
A nationally prominent writer, this event also will launch the membership drive of the Friends of the Library organization. Reserved seating will be available for members of the organization. The event is open to the public.
Gilb is the author of the 2008 novel The Flowers. His previous books are Gritos, an essay collection that was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Woodcuts of Women; The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acuña; and The Magic of Blood, the winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award and a PENFaulkner Award finalist.
He also edited Hecho en Tejas: An Anthology of Texas Mexican Literature, which won the 2007 PEN Southwest Book Award for nonfiction. In May, Gilb’s stories appeared in both The New Yorker and Harper's at the same time. He is the recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award and the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Anthologized widely, his fiction and nonfiction have appeared in a range of national and literary magazines.
Gilb spent most of his adult years as a construction worker and a journeyman carpenter. Born in Los Angeles, he made his home in El Paso for many years. He lives in Austin and has been a visiting writer at the University of Texas at Austin, University of Wyoming, University of Arizona, Vassar College, and California State University, Fresno.
He is now a tenured professor in the Creative Writing Program at Texas State University, in San Marcos, Texas.