Writer, poet, teacher, and critic Rigoberto González is the author of several books including Butterfly Boy, winner of the 2007 American Book Award, and most recently the short story collection Men Without Bliss.
Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing
Edited by ASU MFA alumnus Rigoberto González, Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writingfeatures both established and first-time authors and celebrates 15 years of books from the Camino del Sol series by bringing together some of the series' best work from voices that echo the entire spectrum of Latina/o writing, from Chicana/o to Puerto Rican to Brazilian-American, and take in themes ranging from migration to gender.
Daniel Olivas of La Bloga interviewed González recently about the anthology. Here is an excerpt.
DANIEL OLIVAS: How long did it take you to compile the poems, stories and essays that were eventually chosen for the anthology?
RIGOBERTO GONZÁLEZ: I had read or reviewed for The El Paso Times most of the titles by the time Patti Hartmann (the acquisitions editor of the University of Arizona Press) approached me about undertaking this project. But I did have to reread most of the titles (close to 50 books) with the help of my graduate assistant Diego Báez. Together, we read, selected and retyped all of the entries within one year. Few of the authors had any idea this anthology was being put together and none had any input on the selections. I wanted to create a narrative of sorts, reflecting the political and social changes that were in the air, and as editor I made the choice to strategize independently. But I was guided by the power and beauty of the writing. This was, I felt, the true testament of the series—how the authors’ language, voices and ideas remain relevant to the times and environments we live in.