Montserrat Fontes

Fiction Writer

Glendale, CA
California US

Author's Bio

I am a product of the border -- Texas and the USA. The conflicts that exist between these two nations war inside me and continue to create conflicts within me. They are also the greatest stimulus to my writing as they provide me with a dual vision: Mexican and American. This duality is visible in whatever I write and wherever I go.

Publications & Prizes

Dreams of the Centaur (W. W. Norton & Company, 1996)
First Confession (W. W. Norton & Company, 1991)
High Contrast (Naiad Press, 1987)
Prizes won: 

American Book Award for Fiction, from the Before Columbus Foundation, Dreams of the Centaur, 1997, Chicago, Il.

Distinguished Alumnus Award, School of Arts & Letters,“for dedicated service and for the civic pride demonstrated for the benefit of all citizens of LA County,” California State University, Los Angeles, March 19, 1996.

Carnegie-Mellon Grant for “Stephen Daedalus, Hamlet, and Waiting for Godot,” 1988.

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar,“Versions of the Mexican Revolution,” Boston College, Boston, MA, 1990.

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar,“William Faulkner: The Regional and the Mythic, “ University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, 1987.

National Endowment for the Humanities Independent Study Grant, “The Use of the Grotesque by Carson McCullers & Flannery O’Connor,” Milledgeville, GA 1985.

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
Flannery O'Connor -- A Biography by Brad Gooch, A Mercy by Toni Morrison, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

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English, Spanish
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Los Angeles, CA
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Last update: Jun 10, 2009