"Chicano writers from El Paso are the most progressive, open-minded, far-reaching, and inclusive writers of them all."

Octavio Romano

Saturday, May 29, 2010

El Paso Writer Update #3: Tanya María Barrientos

 Tanya Maria Barrientos

The last update I had from Tanya Maria Barrientos was that she had left the Philidelphia Enquirer. That was back in 2007. Barrientos had been working in journalism for 20 years.

Barrientos is the author of several books: Frontera Street  (New American Library, New York, NY, 2002) and Family Resemblance (New American Library, New York, NY, 2003.

Her  fiction was awarded the prestigious Pew Fellowship in Arts in 2001 and also the Pennsylvania Council in the Arts Fellowship.

Born in Guatemala and raised in El Paso, Texas, Barrientos graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism with a BJ degree. She has led numerous national writing seminars and has taught both fiction and non-fiction writing classes at the University of Pennsylvania and Bryn Mawr College. 

I could not tell, but I think she's currently on the faculty of the University of Southern Maine in their MFA program. 


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