Tag Archives: literature of the West

A Latina Writer With Something to Say About Immigration — and Motherhood

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Recently I asked the writer Melinda Palacio whether Latino writers still have something to say in 2011. The question is somewhat rhetorical, but she knew what I was referring to: through the 1980s and 1990s, it seemed like every new literary star was a Latino, and readers clamored for any novel with a slightly exotic accent that evoked peppery cuisines … Continue reading A Latina Writer With Something to Say About Immigration — and Motherhood

Patricia Nell Warren and Her Take on the West

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Patricia Nell Warren got nationwide fame as a writer in the mid-​seventies with The Front Runner, a groundbreaking novel about the gay love story between an ex-​marine track coach and his protégé, an Olympic athlete. But although Warren, a literary icon of the gay community, followed The Front Runner with a sequel in 1994 and then a third in the … Continue reading Patricia Nell Warren and Her Take on the West

Reyna Grande — Mexican Past, American Present

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Updated May 11 — Author Reyna Grande looks off into the middle distance while she thinks about an interviewer’s question. She is mentally traveling in familiar but painful territory, and she seems to want to make sure she picks the correct words. She is in no hurry to answer. Grande, who was at the Autry … Continue reading Reyna Grande — Mexican Past, American Present