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Rigoberto González

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Interviewed by: Angela Elam

Catalog Number: 20150626, 20150123

Inspired by Latino writers Octavio Paz and Gabriel García Marquez to write across genres, Rigoberto González, the 2015 winner of the Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award, discusses his work that includes poetry, young adult fiction, and nonfiction. A self-proclaimed gay Chicano, his book Butterfly Boy won the 2007 American Book Award, and his most recent full length poetry book, Unpeopled Eden, won the Lambda Literary Award and the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American poets. In 2013, two memoirs by González were published, Red-Inked Retablos and Autobiography of My Hungers. He talks about the many influences on his work, including his relationship with his parents, the idea of ‘Mariposa Culture,’ and his role as a literary critic. A public reading with Rigoberto González can also be found in our audio archives.

| Subject Matter: Family, Language, Culture, Mentorship | Interview Year: 2014 | Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction | Awards: Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award, National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, American Book Award, The Lenore Marshall Prize |

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