Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

Public Reading by Manuel Luis Martinez

Mon, November 7, 2011 | Meeting Room (2.120), Student Activity Center, The University of Texas at Austin

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Manuel Luis Martinez
Manuel Luis Martinez

Manuel Luis Martinez is a native Texan currently living in Columbus, Ohio.  He serves as an associate professor of twentieth century American literature, American studies, Chicano/Latino studies, and creative writing at the Ohio State University.  He began his education at St. Mary's University, San Antonio, completed a Master of Arts in Creative Writing at the Ohio State University, and earned a doctorate from Stanford University. 

His first novel Crossing was published in October of 1998 by Bilingual Press and has been translated into Spanish for publication in Spain by the University of Salamanca Press.  It was chosen as one of ten outstanding books by a writer of color published in 1998 by PEN American Center in New York.  His second novel, Drift, was published by Picador USA in 2003 and was chosen as one of the best books of 2004 by the American Library Association. It has also been published in Australia and anthologized several times. His third novel, Day of the Dead, was published in the winter  of 2010 by Floricanto Press.  His book on postwar American dissent and its literature, Countering the Counterculture:  Rereading American Dissent From Jack Kerouac to Tomas Rivera, was published in 2004 by the University of Wisconsin Press.

Manuel Martinez has been a regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune for which he writes book reviews and literary essays and has received several fellowships and grants for his artistic work and his scholarship including the Ford Foundation, the Carnegie Mellon Foundation, the MacDowell Artists Colony, and most recently the Dobie Paisano Writing Fellowship in Austin, Texas.

Martinez will be reading from previously published work as well as from his new novel, Fortunate Monsters which follows the travails of a Mexican American family coping with the death of a father in San Antonio.

Reception to follow.

Sponsored by: Center for Mexican American Studies and the Dobie Paisano Fellowship Program

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