Daniel Chacón

Daniel Chacón is a Chicanoshort story writer, novelist, essayist, editor, professor, and radio host based in El Paso, Texas.[1] He chairs the University of Texas, El Paso’s creative writing graduate program, the country’s only bilingual MFA program.[2] He founded the Chicano Writers and Artists Association with Fresno State classmate and close friend Andrés Montoya in 1985.[3][4][5]

Chicano American author and educator
Daniel Chacón

Chacón at AWP 2017
Born 1962
Fresno, California, USA
Occupation Writer, educator
Language English
Nationality American
Alma mater California State University, Fresno
University of Oregon
Genres Fiction, Chicano literature
Notable awards American Book Awards
Hudson Prize
PEN Oakland Award

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Chacón was born and raised in Fresno, California; his father was from El Paso, Texas.[1][6] One of his brothers is writer Kenneth Robert Chacón, from whom he was estranged for many years.[7][8] He earned a BA in Political Science from California State University, Fresno and an MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of Oregon.[2][9][10] While at CSU, he wrote for the campus newspaper La Voz de Aztan.[9]

Chacón joined the MFA program at University of Texas El Paso as an Assistant Professor in Creative Writing in 2000[11] and has been the department chair since 2017.[12] Since 2011, he has co-hosted the KTEP show Words on a Wire; his original co-host was Benjamin Alire Sáenz and is now Tim Z. Hernandez.[13][9] Guests include Alison Hawthorne Deming, Francisco Aragón, and Garrett Hongo.[14] He serves at the Assistant Director of the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation and was appointed Chair for the International Association of Burn Camps’ Board of Directors in 2018,[15] and is part of the Southwest Festival of the Written Word’s advisory board.[16]

He has also edited several books, including A Jury of Trees (a posthumous collection of poetry by Andrés Montoya) (2017), The Last Supper of Chicano Heroes: The Selected Work of José Antonio Burciaga (2008; with Mimi Reisel Gladstein) and Colón-ization: The Posthumous Poems of Andrés Montoya (2017).[17][18][19] His writing has also appeared in several anthologies: Caliente: The Best Erotic Writing in Latin American Fiction (2002), Lengua Fresca: Latinos Writing on the Edge (2006), and Best of the West 2009: New Stories from the West Side of the Missouri (2009), among others.[20] Journals that have published his work include ZYZZYVA, Americas Review, Bilingual Review, Colorado Review, New England Review, and Callaloo.[21] He also dabbles in playwrighting, standup, and poetry.[22][23]

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