Both Sides: Stories from the Border


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Agora Books
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5.7 X 8.6 X 1.1 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Bram Stoker Award-nominee Gabino Iglesias is a writer, editor, journalist, and book reviewer living in Austin, Texas. He is the author of COYOTE SONGS, ZERO SAINTS (both from Broken River Books), and GUTMOUTH (Eraserhead Press). He is the book reviews editor at PANK Magazine, the TV/film editor at Entropy Magazine, and a columnist for LitReactor and CLASH Media. His nonfiction has appeared in places like The New York Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the LA Times, El Nuevo Día, and other venues. The stuff that's made up has been published in places like Red Fez, Flash Fiction Offensive, Drunk Monkeys, Bizarro Central, Paragraph Line, Divergent Magazine, Cease, Cows, and many horror, crime, surrealist, and bizarro anthologies. When not writing or reading, he has worked as a dog whisperer, witty communications professor, and ballerina assassin. His reviews are published in places like NPR, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Criminal Element, The Rumpus, Heavy Feather Review, Atticus Review, Entropy, HorrorTalk, Necessary Fiction, Crimespree, and other print and online venues. He teaches at SNHU's MFA program. You can find him on Twitter at @Gabino_Iglesias. Contributors Include: Mexican American author David Bowles has written multiple titles, including the Pura Belpré Honor Book THE SMOKING MIRROR and FEATHERED SERPENT, DARK HEART OF SKY: MYTHS OF MEXICO (one of Kirkus Reviews' Best YA Books of 2018). 2018 also saw the publication of THEY CALL ME GÜERO (2019 Walter​ ​Dean​ ​Myers​ ​Honor Book ​for​ ​Outstanding​ ​Children's​ ​Literature, 2019 Pura Belpré Honor Book). David's work has also appeared in venues such as Apex, Nightmare, The Dark, Eye to the Telescope, Strange Horizons, Journal of Children's Literature, Translation Review, and Rattle. In 2017, David was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters in recognition of his literary accomplishments. Find him on Twitter @DavidOBowles. Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason are Bram Stoker Award nominated writers from Arizona. They're known as the Sisters of Slaughter for their horror writing but they also write science fiction and dark fantasy. They have been published by Sinister Grin Press, Thunderstorm Books, Bloodshot Books, Pint bottle Press and Wetworks. Find them on Twitter @fiendbooks Rob Hart is the author of the short story collection TAKE-OUT and the Ash McKenna series, which wrapped up with POTTER'S FIELD in July 2018. He is also the co-author of SCOTT FREE with James Patterson. His next book, THE WAREHOUSE, has sold in more than 20 countries and been optioned for film by Ron Howard. He lives in New York City. Find him online at @robwhart and Sandra Jackson-Opoku is a poet, novelist, screenwriter, and journalist. Her novels include The River Where Blood Is Born (1997), which won an American Library Association Black Caucus Literary Award, and Hot Johnny (and the Women Who Loved Him) (2001). With Quraysh Ali Lansana, she edited Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks (2017). Jackson-Opoku's own writing on the cultures of the African diaspora has been published widely. Jackson-Opoku is the recipient of honors and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, and the American Antiquarian Society. She won the CCLM/General Electric Fiction Award for Younger Writers. On faculty at Chicago State University, she lives in Chicago. Shannon Kirk is the awarding-winning, international bestselling author of Method 15/33, The Extraordinary Journey of Vivienne Marshall, In the Vines, and Gretchen. Shannon has also contributed to: Night of the Flood, and Swamp Killers. She has received multiple accolades: 2015 Foreword Review Book of the Year (Suspense); IBPA GOLD Winner; Winner of 2015 National Indie Excellence Award, Best Suspense; 2015 USA Best Book Finalist; School Library Journal's Best Adult Books for Teens (2015), Finalist in 2013 William Faulkner William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, and the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. Shannon resides on Massachusetts' Cape Ann, find her on Twitter @ShannonCKirk. Isaac Kirkman goes by 79797. 79797 is a mystic and poet based in the occupied Tohono O'Odham land of Tucson, Arizona. He writes for The Tucson Weekly and assists Eva Sierra on the astrology-themed open mic event The Reading Series. "Grotesque Cabaret" is his last crime fiction story and his exit from traditional literary publishing. 79797 has done humanitarian aid work on the border for No More Deaths and occult work with cartels. He is a devoted servant of the spirit world and the communities of the border and barrios and adversary to anyone who exploits these communities be it Border Patrol, ICE, cartel or literary organization. 79797's been published in many journals and taught in college, but is best known in the book world as Isaac the Visionero in Gabino Iglesias's barrio noir classic Zero Saints. You can follow his occult journey on Instagram @79797z Rios de la Luz is a queer xicana/chapina sci-fi loving writer living in El Paso. Her first book, The Pulse between Dimensions and the Desert, is out now via Ladybox Books. Her debut novella, ITZÁ is out now via Broken River Books. Find her on Twitter @RiosdelaluzNick Mamatas is the author of seven novels, including Love is the Law, I Am Providence, and the forthcoming Hexen Sabbath. His short fiction has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, and many other venues. Nick is also an anthologist; his books include the Bram Stoker Award winner Haunted Legends (co-edited with Ellen Datlow), the Locus Award nominees The Future is Japanese and Hanzai Japan (both co-edited with Masumi Washington), and Mixed Up (co-edited with Molly Tanzer). His fiction and editorial work has been nominated for the Hugo, Locus, World Fantasy, Bram Stoker, Shirley Jackson, and International Horror Guild Awards. Mamatas lives in Oakland, California. Find on Twitter @Nmamatas Nicolás Obregón was born in London to a French mother and a Spanish father. Blue Light Yokohama is his first novel and he is currently working on its follow-up. Find him on Twitter @NicObregon. Daniel A. Olivas ( is the author of nine books and editor of two anthologies. His books include: The King of Lighting Fixtures: Stories, Crossing the Border: Collected Poems, and Things We Do Not Talk About: Exploring Latino/a Literature Through Essays and Interviews. Olivas is also the editor of the landmark Latinos in Lotusland: An Anthology of Contemporary Southern California Literature. Olivas has written for many publications including The New York Times, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, El Paso Times, California Lawyer, and Jewish Journal. His writing is featured in many anthologies including: Sudden Fiction Latino, Hint Fiction, and Love to Mama: A Tribute to Mothers. He makes his home in Los Angeles. Twitter: @olivasdan. Cynthia Pelayo is the author of horror, mystery, thrillers and poetry. Her first novel, Santa Muerte, was published by Post Mortem Press, followed by The Missing. Her poetry collection, Poems of My Night, was published by Raw Dog Screaming Press in 2016. Santa Muerte, The Missing, and Poems of My Night have all been nominated for International Latino Book Awards. Poems of My Night was also nominated for an Elgin Award. She lives in inner city Chicago. Find her online at: and on Twitter @CinaPelayo.Christopher David Rosales is a winner of the International Latino Book Award. His fiction has appeared in anthologies, journals, and magazines in the U.S. and abroad. His novel, Silence the Bird, Silence the Keeper won the McNamara Creative Arts Grant. He is also the author of Gods on the Lam and Word is Bone. Rosales was the Writing Fellow at The National Archives at Philadelphia. Previously he won the Center of the American West's award for fiction three years in a row. He has a PhD from the University of Denver. Follow him on Twitter @CDRosales Website and Contact: J. Todd Scott was born in rural Kentucky is now a federal agent. His assignments have taken him all over the U.S and the world, he now resides in the southwest. His debut novel, THE FAR EMPTY, was published June 2016 by G.P. Putnam's Sons. His next book, HIGH WHITE SUN, released March 20, 2018. The third, THIS SIDE OF NIGHT, is set for July 2019. Find him at JTODDSCOTT.COM. Alex Segura is a novelist and comic book writer. He is the author of the Pete Fernandez series: Silent City, Down The Darkest Street, and Dangerous Ends, his latest, Blackout, is up for an Anthony Award for Best Novel. He has also written a number of comic books, including the best-selling and critically acclaimed Archie Meets Kiss storyline, the Occupy Riverdale story and the upcoming Archie Meets Ramones. He lives in New York with his wife. He is a Miami native. Follow him at @alex_segura. Johnny Shaw was born and raised on the Calexico/Mexicali border, the setting for his award-winning Jimmy Veeder Fiasco series, which includes the novels DOVE SEASON and PLASTER CITY. He is also the author of the Anthony Award-winning adventure novel, Big Maria. His shorter work has appeared in Thuglit, Crime Factory, Shotgun Honey, Plots with Guns, and numerous anthologies. He is the creator and editor of the fiction magazine, BLOOD & TACOS, which recently added a phone app, a Podcast, and a book imprint to its empire. Johnny lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, artist Roxanne Patruznick, when they are not traveling the world. Find him on Twitter @BloodandTacos.


  • "In this timely volume, readers will find rage as well as hope and, occasionally, a dash of spirit-lifting poetry." Publishers Weekly "Sometimes-sad, sometimes-infuriating, but always-illuminating...This gratifying and sometimes wryly funny read stands on its own, but it's also worth recommending as an #ownvoices alternative to Jeanine Cummins' American Dirt." Booklist