Robert Joe Stout

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Author's Bio

As a journalist, fiction writer and poet my current focus is on Mexico and the relationships between the people of Mexico and those of the United States. Two of my three novels and the creative nonfiction The Blood of the Serpent: Mexican Lives detail these interworkings factually and impressionistically. After careers as a journalist, government accountant and theater director/actor I currently live in Oaxaca in southern Mexico. Book descriptions and many of my essays and short fiction pieces can be found in my blog and website.

Publications and Prizes

A Perfect Throw
(Aldrich Press, 2013)
, Frisky Tunes
(Flutter Press, 2016)
, Miss Sally
(Bobbs-Merrill, 1973)
, Monkey Screams
(FutureCycle Press, )
, Running Out the Hurt
(Black Rose Writing, 2012)
, Swallowing Dust
(Red Hill Press, 1976)
, The Blood of the Serpent
(Algora, 1994)
, They Still Play Baseball the Old Way
(White Eagle Coffee Store Press, 1994)
, Where Gringos Don't Belong
(Anaphora Literary Press, 2015)

Personal Favorites

Favorite Authors: 
Richard Wright, Fyodor Dostoevskii, Wallace Stegner, Hannah Arendt, D. H. Lawrence

More Information

Listed as: 
Fiction Writer, Poet
Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Comedor, Oaxaca Large square room, concrete floor, no kitchen—just side-by-side work tables and a stove. The menu: chicken chileado or zucchini stuffed with cheese. I choose the chicken, through the open doorway see dusty jacarandas twitch as trucks lurch past their faded blooms and highway workmen sop their forehead sweat. I feel at home—very much at home, gringo in a swarthy land of hand-washed shirts and hand-hewn corn, wrecked cars and hobbled skeletons peddling roses, chicharòn as who I am becomes the boy I was grubbling through an onion field in blighted hot Wyoming sun and I salute the way of life that’s brought me back to simple things like earth and rain and hurt.
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Last updated: Jul 20, 2017