Trujillo is expected to read from her recent novel Faith and Fat Chances, published in September by Northwestern University Press. The reading is free and open to the public.
A native of New Mexico, Trujillo received her doctorate degree in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and has studied fiction alongside such literary voices as Sandra Cisneros, Thaisa Frank and Junot Díaz. In addition to her works of fiction, Trujillo has written articles on the subjects of identity and higher education.
In the words of Cisneros, “Carla Trujillo writes with corazón about everyday people for everyday people. Her work is savvy, tough, and laugh-out-loud funny. This is the voice of the new millennium.”
Trujillo works at University of California, Berkeley, as the assistant dean for graduate diversity and has taught fiction writing at the Macondo Writing Workshop and the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Emerging Writers Retreat.
Local author and Pride Center board member Anel Flores played a vital role in bringing Trujillo to San Antonio.
“In 2003, I nearly exploded with laughter and ease at the authentic voice of Marci in her book, What Night Brings,” Flores said. “Trujillo’s craft fuels me to push harder at achieving an authentic South Texas voice in my work.”
And Trujillo’s voice resonates among the masses: What Night Brings has received the Miguel Marmol Prize for best work of fiction by a Latina writer, the Paterson Fiction Prize and the Latino Book Award for fiction.
Trujillo is also the editor of Living Chicana Theory (1998) and Chicana Lesbians: The Girls Our Mothers Warned Us About (1991), which won the Lambda Literary Award and the Out/Write Vanguard Award. Her work is widely used in college and high school classrooms.
Carla Trujillo Reading
Free, 6pm Tue, Nov. 17, Central Library Auditorium, 600 Soledad St., (210) 207-2500, pridesanantonio.org.