Literary El Paso
Literary Non-Fiction - Texas History
7 x 10, 442 pp.
3 b&w photos
Pub Date: 10/30/2009
Price:        $29.50


Published by Texas Christian University Press

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Literary El Paso

Edited by Marcia Hatfield Daudistel

The latest addition to the successful literary citieis series by Texas Christian University Press, Literary El Paso brings attention to the often overlooked extraordinary literary heritage of this city in far West Texas. El Paso is the largest metropolitan area along the U.S.–Mexico border and is geographically isolated from the rest of Texas. It is in this splendid isolation surrounded by mountains in the midst of the beautiful Chihuahuan Desert that many award-winning writers found their literary voices. Literary El Paso features bilingual selections to reflect the bi-cultural environment of the region and the state.

Daudistel uses her years of publishing experience in El Paso to gather the works of past, present, and emerging writers of the Borderlands. Historical essays, fiction, journalism, and poetry portray the colorful history and vibrant present of this city on the border through the works of sixty-three writers.

Once a backdrop to the Mexican Revolution, El Paso was also home to infamous outlaws. Historians C. L. Sonnichsen and Leon Metz write on the gunmen and lawmen of El Paso including John Wesley Hardin, Dallas Stoudenmire and Bass Outlaw. There are feature stories from award-winning journalists Ruben Salazar early in his newspaper career, Ramón Rentería with the last interview of poet Ricardo Sánchez, and Bryan Woolley on the 1966 University of Texas–El Paso Miners and lively South El Paso Street.

Many groundbreaking Chicano writers began their work in El Paso, such as José Antonio Burciaga, Abelardo Delgado, Estela Portillo Trambley, and Arturo Islas. The works of Tom Lea, Amado Muro, Dagoberto Gilb, Rick DeMarinis, Pat LittleDog, the inimitable word sketches of Elroy Bode, and the poetry of Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Pat Mora, and Bernice Love Wiggins, one of the first African American female poets published in Texas, explore the experience of life in El Paso.

In addition, previously unpublished works from John Rechy, Ray Gonzalez and Robert Seltzer are included. For the first time in the series, Literary El Paso features bilingual selections to reflect the bi-cultural environment of the region and the state.


 MARCIA HATFIELD DAUDISTEL is the former associate director of Texas Western Press, where she helped publish over seventy books and established the bilingual imprint Frontera Books. She has published articles in Nova Quarterly and The American Association of University Presses Exchange. She is also a member of the first Texas Book Festival on the Road committee; member and events chair of the Friends of the University of Texas at El Paso Library Board; and a 2009 Hertzog Award committee judge. Daudistel has lived in El Paso for twenty-six years and is currently at work on her second book, Grace and Gumption: The Women of El Paso, for TCU Press.

What Readers Are Saying:

 "In Literary El Paso, Marcia Hatfield Daudistel has assembled a treasure trove of fine writing. Stories, essays, and poems meld into a collection of rich literature that also provides a unique history of a complex, colorful, and vibrant region, El Paso del Norte."—John Rechy, author of City of Night, The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomez, and About My Life and the Kept Woman


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