Red-Inked Retablos


Product Details

University of Arizona Press
Publish Date
March 14, 2013
6.0 X 8.9 X 0.4 inches | 0.01 pounds
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About the Author

Rigoberto González is an associate professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark. He is the author of thirteen books of poetry and prose and is the editor of Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing. He is the recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships and a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and winner of the American Book Award, The Poetry Center Book Award, and The Shelley Memorial Award of The Poetry Society of America. He is a contributing editor for Poets & Writers Magazine and a member of the executive board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle.


"Throughout, even when wading through territory rife with tough emotions, he maintains his grace, humor, and powers of wide observation. [...] Amen, Rigoberto, amen." --Daniel Olivas, Los Angeles Review of Books
"A sharp collection of 13 pieces--personal essays, literary criticism, and speeches--this book pleasantly mixes lyricism with clear-eyed frankness. Poet González, author of the memoir Butterfly Boy, writes beautifully and searingly about his experiences as a gay Latino, and the work of his fellow queer and Latina/o writers. It's to González's credit that his essays and literary criticism share similarities, intelligently analyzing his own experiences in the former, and foregrounding the raw connections people have with books in the latter. In recounting his experiences and arguments, González's voice finds a wonderful synergy, staying intimate, compassionate, and uncompromising." --Publishers Weekly
"González is an excellent writer. His observations reveal both the traditional and more modern views of the culture he grew up in and learned to live with." --W. David Laird, Southwest Books of the Year

"Blurs the seeming duality in creative nonfiction between the expository and the personal." --Daniel Chacón, author of Unending Rooms
"These beautifully written personal essays pay tribute to the people and events that influence González's work as a poet, writer, critic, and literary activist. This work is also a call to action, an invitation, and a hope for the next generation of scholars to keep up with the flourishing literary production by Latino mariposa writers." --Emmy Pérez, author of Solstice

González's most explicit work of advocacy. . . . Red-Inked Retablos reads like the work of an elder statesman, a mentor who knows the struggle's score." --The Economy

"In these fierce essays, Rigoberto González asserts his place in the English language canon as a queer Chicano writer--not a hyphenated person, but a whole person. He has fought for this space, and just try to take it from him. Rather than a bitter recounting, Rigo shows us what makes literature worthwhile: compassion. By becoming an outstanding writer, mentor, and critic, he has become a model for all of us." --Kathleen Alcalá, author of The Desert Remembers My Name