This cross-genre collection of short stories, microfiction, and drama provides a kaleidoscope of modern human experience-from navigating fraught romantic relationships and definitions of masculinity, to dealing with the pull of family ties and the struggle to make one's way in the world. Inspired by authors as diverse as Robert Graves, Leslie Marmon Silko, and playwright Luis Valdez, DIG is a bruised bricolage in four acts-UTERO, VIVO, SITU, and VITRO-that interrogates the imprisoned body, braves its way through southern cartographies, and ultimately urges readers to venture beyond the confines of history, trauma, language, place, and genre.
Featuring Latinx characters who are often caught between cultures, DIG explores themes of physical and emotional violence, human relationships, and the weight of politics, history, and culture on individuality and identity. Pathos and humor mix with frustration, revulsion, and dread to create an emotional rollercoaster that ultimately lands on a celebration of human resilience and perseverance.
About the Author
ROBERT PAUL MOREIRA teaches fiction and playwriting at the University of Texas Rio GrandeValley in Edinburg, Texas. He is the editor of ¡Arriba Baseball!: A Collection of Latino Baseball Fictionand Scores, winner of the 2016 NACCS Tejas FOCO Fiction Award. In addition to Malinalli, his playsinclude Roses From Castile and Miriam's Song. Currently, he is editing a Covid-themed anthology ofshort plays with playwright Philip Zwerling. The anthology will be published by FlowerSong Press inFall 2022. For more on Robert and his work, visit www.robertpaulmoreira.com.
"Robert Paul Moreira is the most original voice coming from our nation's southern border."
--Brian Allen Carr, author of Opioid, Indiana
"A timeless collection of stories and plays that is also a piece of today. Moreira is at the forefront of Latinx writers, a fresh American voice."
--Stephen D. Gutierrez, winner of the 2010 American Book Award
"The reality of lives lived on the edge and on borders hits the reader head on with vibrant precision."
--Norma Elia Cantú, author of Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera