EVANGELINA VIGIL-PIÑÓN continually reinvents herself as a writer, singer, and journalist. Through each of these separate identities weave the commonality of her cultural heritage and her interests, allowing each art to overlap and synthesize into an extraordinary creativity.
Vigil-Piñón’s work has been published widely. She is the author of three books of poetry Nade y Nade (M & A Editions), Thirty an’ Seen a Lot (Arte Público Press, 1982), and The Computer Is Down (Arte Público Press, 1987). Her work also appears in national and international journals. She is the noted editor of the first anthology of U.S. Latina literature, Woman of Her Word: Hispanic Women Write, published by Arte Público Press in 1983 and reissued in 1987. From 1984 to 1996, she served as poetry editor of The Americas Review, a quarterly journal featuring U.S. Hispanic art and literature. Notably, Vigil-Piñón is the translator of one of the most influential novels in Mexican American letters, Y no se lo tragó la tierra / And the Earth Did Not Devour Him, by the late Tomás Rivera (Arte Público Press, 1995). In 2001, Arte Público Press published her first children’s bilingual picture book, Marina’s Muumuu / El muumuu de Marina.
Cited in Notable Hispanic American Women (Gale Press, 1993) Vigil-Piñón is the recipient of prestigious literary awards, including the 1983 American Book Award for Thirty an’ Seen a Lot and the 1979-80 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Creative Writers.
Vigil-Piñón teaches Mexican American and U.S. Hispanic literature as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Houston and is a television journalist extensively involved in community affairs with ABC-KTRK TV Channel 13 in Houston, Texas.