Barbara Renaud Gonzalez

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Occupation Writer/Journalist
Location San Antonio, Texas, United States
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Introduction I am a writer, who has nothing but a pen, books and cats, a dangerous combination. My novel, Golondrina, why did you leave me? is the first Chicana novel to be published by the University of Texas Press, Chicana Matters, April 2009. First Fiction Finalist, Texas Institute of Letters, March 2010. I've just finished the first children's book about voting rights pioneer Willie Velasquez,"The boy made of lightning," I'm also writing a Tex-Mex fairy tale, "Adivina," for which I received a literature grant from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio in 2006. My collection of my most notorious columns, "Las Nalgas de JLo/Jlo's Booty," has just been published by Aztlan Libre Press, 2017. My essays/articles have appeared in diverse anthologies and magazines, including The Nation; The Progressive; Ms. Magazine; The Los Angeles Times, and many others. My commentaries have aired on NPR's Morning Edition and LatinoUSA. In 2000, I received the Inter-American Press Association Opinion prize in Santiago de Chile.
Interests Hell-Raiser. Books. Dance. Jazz. Films.
Favorite Movies The Circle is Not Yet Broken; Decalogue; A History of Violence; Matador, Tree of Life
Favorite Music Jazz, Chavela, Sarah Vaughan, KRTU/Jazz in San Anto, Esteban Jordan's accordion, Astor Piazzola's tango, Jerry Gonzalez and his flamenco trumpet.
Favorite Books I've read all or almost all their books: Elena Poniatowska. Sandra Cisneros. Gloria Anzaldua. Eduardo Galeano. Toni Morrison. Angeles Mastretta and Adrienne Rich and soooo many others

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