SERGIO TRONCOSO is the author of five books. He co-edited Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence (Arte Público Press, 2013), a collection of essays on how the bi-national, bi-cultural life along the U.S.-Mexico border has been disrupted by recent drug violence. Publishers Weekly called it “an eye-opening collection of essays.” The anthology won the Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association.
From This Wicked Patch of Dust (University of Arizona Press, 2011) is a novel about the Martinez family, who begins life in a shantytown on the U.S.-Mexico border, and struggles to stay together despite cultural clashes, different religions, and contemporary politics after September 11, 2001. In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews said the novel was “an engaging literary achievement,” and chose it as one of the Best Books of 2012. The novel won the Southwest Book Award, and was shortlisted runner-up for the biannual PEN/Texas Southwest Book Award for Fiction.
Crossing Borders: Personal Essays (Arte Público Press, 2011) is a collection of essays about how Troncoso made the leap from growing up poor along the border to the Ivy League, his wife’s battle against breast cancer, his struggles as a writer in New York and Texas, fatherhood, and interfaith marriage. The El Paso Times said, “These very personal essays cross several borders: cultural, historical, and self-imposed….We owe it to ourselves to read, savor and read them again.” The book won the Bronze Award for Essays from ForeWord Reviews.
Troncoso’s book of short stories The Last Tortilla and Other Stories (University of Arizona Press, 1999) won the Premio Aztlan Literary Prize for the best book by a new Chicano writer, and the Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association. His novel, The Nature of Truth (Northwestern University Press, 2003; Arte Público Press, 2014) is a story about a Yale research student, Helmut Sanchez, who discovers that his boss, a renowned professor, hides a Nazi past. The Chicago Tribune said the novel was an “impressively lucid first thriller.”
Sergio Troncoso was born in El Paso, Texas and now lives in New York City. After graduating from Harvard College, he was a Fulbright Scholar to Mexico and studied international relations and philosophy at Yale University. Troncoso was inducted into the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s Alumni Hall of Fame and the Texas Institute of Letters. He is a resident faculty member of the Yale Writers’ Conference in New Haven, Connecticut, and an instructor at the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center in Sleepy Hollow, New York.