The newest work from poet and Associate Professor Rigoberto González is a collection of essays that combines memories of his life with reflections about the writers who have influenced him. It is available through the University of Arizona Press.
Retablos follows his intense memoir, Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa, which was hailed by Publisher's Weekly as a "beautifully executed portrait of the experience of being gay," while Booklist described it as "wrenching, angry, passionate, ironic, and always eloquent." Butterfly Boy was awarded the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. González is the author of eight books, including two books of poetry, Other Fugitives and Other Strangers - which was awarded The Poetry Center Book Award - and So Often the Pitcher Goes to Water Until it Breaks, a national Poetry Series selection. He writes a bi-monthly Latino book column, now entering its ninth year, for the El Paso Times of Texas. His other books include a young adult novel, The Mariposa Club; two bilingual children's books; a story collection, Men Without Bliss; and the novel Crossing Vines, winner of the ForeWord magazine's Fiction Book of the Year Award.
González pubished Autobiography of My Hungers in May 2013, on the University of Wisconsin Press.
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