Sergio Troncoso

Fiction Writer, Creative Nonfiction Writer

New York, NY
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Author's Bio

Sergio Troncoso is the author of eight books: A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son, The Last Tortilla and Other Stories, Crossing Borders: Personal Essays, the novels The Nature of Truth and From This Wicked Patch of Dust; and as editor, Nepantla Familias: An Anthology of Mexican American Literature on Families in between Worlds and Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence. Nobody's Pilgrims: A Novel is forthcoming in 2022.

For many years, Troncoso has taught at the Yale Writers' Workshop in New Haven, Connecticut. He has served as a judge for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the New Letters Literary Awards in the Essay Category. His work has recently appeared in the Houston Chronicle, New Letters, Yale Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Texas Monthly. Troncoso's literary papers are archived at The Wittliff Collections in San Marcos, Texas.

The son of Mexican immigrants, Troncoso graduated from Harvard College and studied international relations and philosophy at Yale University. He won a Fulbright scholarship to Mexico and was inducted into the Hispanic Scholarship Fund's Alumni Hall of Fame and the Texas Institute of Letters. The El Paso City Council voted unanimously to rename the Ysleta public library branch as the Sergio Troncoso Branch Library.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Anthologies:
Nepantla Familias: An Anthology of Mexican American Literature on Families in between Worlds (Texas A&M University Press, 2021)
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We Wear the Mask: Fifteen True Stories of Passing in America (Beacon Press, 2017)
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New Border Voices: An Anthology (Texas A&M University Press, 2014)
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Writing for Life: Paragraphs and Essays (Pearson Longman, 2013)
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Writing for Life: Sentences and Paragraphs (Pearson Longman, 2013)
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Nuestra Aparente Rendicion (Grijalbo - Random House Mondadori, 2011)
Books:
Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence (Arte Público Press, 2013)
,
Crossing Borders: Personal Essays (Arte Público Press, 2011)

Fiction

Anthologies:
You Don't Have A Clue: Latino Mystery Stories for Teens (Arte Público Press, 2011)
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Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing (University of Arizona Press, 2010)
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Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery (Arte Público Press, 2009)
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Literary El Paso (Texas Christian University Press, 2009)
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Hecho En Tejas: An Anthology of Texas Mexican Literature (University of New Mexico Press, 2006)
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Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature (Pearson Longman, 2006)
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Once Upon A Cuento (Curbstone Press, 2003)
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City Wilds: Essays and Stories about Urban Nature (University of Georgia Press, 2002)
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New World: Young Latino Writers (Dell, 1997)
Books:
A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son (Cinco Puntos Press, 2019)
,
The Nature of Truth: A Novel (Arte Público Press, 2014)
,
From This Wicked Patch of Dust (University of Arizona Press, 2011)
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The Last Tortilla and Other Stories (University of Arizona Press, 1999)
Prizes won: 
  • Kay Cattarulla Award for Best Short Story
  • Premio Aztlan Literary Prize
  • Best Books of the Year, Kirkus Reviews
  • International Latino Book Award for Best Collection of Short Stories
  • Bronze Award for Essays, ForeWord Reviews
  • Silver Award for Multicultural Adult Fiction, ForeWord Reviews
  • Bronze Award for Multicultural Adult Fiction, ForeWord Reviews
  • International Latino Book Award for Best Latino-focused Nonfiction Book
  • Southwest Book Award (thrice), Border Regional Library Association
  • Notable Book, Southwest Books of the Year
  • Fulbright Scholarship
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund's Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Literary Legacy Award, El Paso Community College
  • Texas Institute of Letters

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Latino/Latina/Latinx
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English, Spanish
Born in: 
El Paso, TX
Texas
Raised in: 
El Paso, TX
Texas
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Last update: Aug 09, 2021