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EAC’s Visiting Writers Series continues with Daniel Chacón

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EAC’s Visiting Writers Series continues with Daniel Chacón

By Lori Dugan

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s English Department will be hosting the first Visiting Writers Series event of the spring semester Thursday, March 22. The visit will begin with a free, 3 p.m. workshop in the Academic Programs building, room #274 by Texas author, Daniel Chacón.

At 7:30 p.m. Chacón will read from his collection of works at a free public performance in Academic Programs building, room #118.

Daniel Chacón has two books, And the Shadows Took Him (2004) and Chicano Chicanery (2000). He recently finished his second novel, Black Sound, and is working on a collection of stories, Unending Rooms, and a memoir tentatively titled, At Play in the Quantum Field.

He has traveled extensively throughout the world, most recently to Poland, where he was invited twice this year by the University of Warsaw, the University of Lodz, and a private university to give a series of lectures. In Summer 2006, he was a visiting professor at the University of Miami and during the Fall 2006, he was the Distinguished Visiting Fiction Writer in the graduate Creative Writing Program at CSU, Fresno. He is assistant professor at University of Texas, El Paso.

He was born and lived much of his life in Fresno, California. He graduated from Hoover High School and from Fresno State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s in English. His MFA is from the University of Oregon.

His fiction and essays have been anthologized in such books as Humor Me (University of Iowa Press), Our Working Lives (Bottom Dog Press), and Floating Borderlands: 25 Years of Hispanic Literature (University of Washington Press). He has stories and essays in such journals as The New England Review, Colorado Review, ZYZYVVA, and Callaloo. Although he was raised in a monolingual English-speaking household, he taught himself Spanish and French and is currently a professor of Creative Writing in the world’s only bilingual MFA program at the University of Texas, El Paso.

For more information about either the creative writing workshop, or the evening reading, call Ms. Tracy Lassiter, Visiting Writers Series coordinator and English instructor, at 428-8483. 30