Benjamin Alire Saenz and Daniel Chacon talk with Sergio Troncoso, author of From This Wicked Patch of Dust and Crossing Borders: Personal Essays. Troncoso co-edited Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence. The collection features essays from writers on both sides of the United States-Mexico border who share personal essays about how life, culture, and families have been affected by the escalating violence spawned by the 2008 drug war. Troncoso also talks about his return home to El Paso to receive the Literary Legacy Award on November 9, 2013. See www.SergioTroncoso.com.
(2013; mp3 audio format; 29 minutes)
For today's Poem of the Week, Daniel Chacon reads Sheryl Luna's "Seven" from the collection of the same name.
And in today's Poetic License, El Pasoan Paul Pedroza reads an excerpt from the essay he contributed to Our Lost Border. The essay is entitled "The Bridge to an Alien Nation."