Rubén Degollado

Fiction Writer

PO Box 1214
Harlingen, TX 78550

Author's Bio

Rubén Degollado was born in Indiana, but is from McAllen, Texas, where the majority of his family has lived for generations. He graduated with a BA in English from the University of Texas Pan American, and a Masters in Educational Administration from Lewis and Clark College. He has been published in Bilingual Review/Revista Bilingüe, Beloit Fiction JournalGulf Coast, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Image, Relief, and the anthologies, Texas Short Stories, Fantasmas, and Bearing the Mystery. He published his first novel, Throw in 2019, which won several accolades. He has work forthcoming in the anthologies Dreaming of Me, Beyond Borders, and Nepantla Families.

Literary agent: 
Tamar Rydzinski at Context Literary Agency

Publications & Prizes

Throw (Slant, 2019)
Prizes won: 


  • Texas Institute of Letters 2020 Award for Best Young Adult Book
  • Texas Library Association 2020 TAYSHAS List of Best Books for Teen Readers
  • Christianity Today 2020 Book of Merit
  • Texas Monthly Texas Authors Favorite Books of 2019
  • Catholic Press Association's 2nd Place Young Adult Book for 2020

Other Accolades:

  • Bellingham Review Tobias Wolff Award Finalist
  • Glimmer Train Family Matters Contest Finalist
  • Glimmer Train Fiction Open Contest Finalist
  • American Short Fiction Short Story Contest Finalist


Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Rion Amilcar Scott, Raymond Carver, Jovita González, Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, SE Hinton, James Joyce, Jhumpa Lahiri, ZZ Packer, René Saldaña, Francisco X. Stork, Natalia Sylvester, Luís Alberto Urrea, Kirstin Valdez Quade, José Antonio Villarreal
What I'm reading now: 
Caballero by Jovita González

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, At Risk Youth, Incarcerated individuals
Fluent in: 
English, Spanish
Born in: 
Raised in: 
McAllen, TX
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Last update: Aug 14, 2020