On the art of Writing


Leaving Home, 1984, WinnerPEN Southwest Discovery Prize. Arte Publico Press. Out of Print by choice.Revised edition ready for publication. Leaving Home has been rewrittenand will be out in 1999. 

A Shroud In The Family, ArtePublico Press, 1987 first edition, 1990 second edition. 

Hardscrub, Arte Publico Press,1990. Winner of the Texas Institute of Letters Jesse Jones Award for Novelof the Year. Dallas Times Herald Novel of the Year. Southwest Booksellersnovel of the Year. Winner of the Texas Literary Award. 

To A Widow With Children. ArtePublico Press. 1994 

The Day They Took My Uncle and Other Stories, TCU Press, 2001 


I Can Hear The Cowbells Ring.A collection of fictionalized personal work. Arte Publico Press, 1994. 

Collection of Short Stories. Thirty two short stories dealingwith Texans. Arte Publico Press, fall, 1999. 


Short Stories: 

"Mercé," Hispanic Literary Companion, Gale Research, Inc.and C/D rom for children studying American Literature, 1997. (From I CanHear the Cowbells Ring, Arte Publico Press, 1994.) 

"The Wedding," Cuentos Chicanos, University of New Mexico Press.1984 

"The Day They Took My Uncle," Americas Review, 1984. Also publishedin Short Fiction by Hispanic Writers, edited by Nikolás Kanellos,Arte Publico Press, 1993. 

"Some People Are That Way," Domestic Crude, Literary Magazine,Creative Writing Program, University of Houston. 1985. 

"The Sergeant", Americas Review, 1987. Also published in HispanicLiterature of the United States, edited by Nicolás Kanellos, HarperCollins,N.Y. 1995. 

"The Apparition", Americas Review, 1988. Also published in Northof the Border, edited by Edward Simmens, Penguin Press, N.Y. 1988. Subjectof Masters Thesis by Christel Georges, Université Catholique, Oueste,Anger, France, 1997. 

"Tutoring Amnesty", New Growth, edited by Lyman Grant, CoronaPress, 1988. 

"Confession", Iguana Dreams, edited by Virgil Suarez, HarperCollins.1989. Also published in Novel Way, Scott Foresman, (HarperCollins)1994:Resource book for English teachers in the US and Canada. (From I Can Hearthe Cowbells Ring, Arte Publico Press, 1994). 

"Baseball", Texas Magazine, 1990. Houston Chronicle. Englishand Spanish translation in Choices in Literature:American Tapestry,(English),Selecciones Literarias (Spanish) Prentice Hall, Resource Text for Students8-12 Grade, 1996. (From I Can Hear the Cowbells Ring, Arte Publico Press,1994.) 

"The Ringing of the Bell", Texas Magazine, 1989, Houston Chronicle.Also published in Hispanic Literary Companion, Gale Research Inc, 1997.(From I Can Hear the Cowbells Ring, Arte Publico Press, 1994). 

"Boxing", Texas Magazine, 1990, Houston Chronicle. (From I CanHear the Cowbells Ring, Arte Publico Press, 1994.) 

"Tío Nano", Texas Monthly, 1990. Also published in Learning100, Steck-Vaughn Co, (Software), 1995. (From I Can Hear the Cowbells Ring,Arte Publico Press, 1994.) 




An Acorn on the Moon, winner, Texas Playwrights Festival, StagesRepertory Theatre, Houston, 1995. 

A House of Cards, Hispanic character play. 

For Women Only, a play on the disintegration of the American family. 

Isla Mujeres, play in progress. 

Don Andres, libretto for opera based on the first part of A Shroudin the Family. Music by Alan Traverse. In progress. 


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