Lucille Kruse Reading Series event features author Dagoberto Gilb

Blue Room, Sam Fore Hall - 04/05/17 - 04/19/17

Contact: Julie Navejar or 361-593-2590

Author Dagoberto Gilb will be the featured speaker for the Lucille Kruse Reading Series sponsored by the language and literature department at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Gilb will present a reading and question and answer session at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, in the Blue Room in Sam Fore Hall. He also will hold a book signing.

Gilb also will be the guest speaker at the Sigma Delta Pi Academic Symposium at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 19, also in the Blue Room.

Gilb is the author of Before the End, After the Beginning, The Flowers, Woodcuts of Women, Gritos, The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acuña and The Magic of Blood.

He also edited the canonical Hecho en Tejas: An Anthology of Texas Mexican Literature and Mexican American Literature: A Portable Anthology.

Gilb was a union, high-rise carpenter for almost 20 years. His fiction and nonfiction work have appeared in a range of magazines regional and national, including The New Yorker, Harper’s and Zyzzyva, and anthologies such as The Best American Essays and The O’Henry Prize Stories.

He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ Award and the PEN/Hemingway Award. Gilb’s work has been a finalist for both the PEN/Faulkner and National Book Critics Circle Awards.

Gilb is the executive director of CentroVictoria, a center for Mexican American literature and culture at the University of Houston-Victoria and is founding editor of the literary magazine, Huizache. He is a native of Los Angeles and spent many years in El Paso. He currently makes his home in Austin.

For more information, contact Dr. Michelle Johnson Vela, chair of the language and literature department, at