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Houston novelist wins Cisneros Award

May 31, 2009
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By Steve Bennett via The Fine Print: A Book Blog with a Texas accent

Houston novelist Tony Diaz, author of “The Aztec Love God” and included in the “Hecho en Tejas” anthology, was one of five recipients of the 2009 Elvira Cordero Cisneros Award given annually by Sandra Cisneros’ Macondo Foundation. tony diaz.jpg

The other honorees are Dennis Mathis, Denise Chávez, Linda Rodriguez and Gayle Elliott.

Originally from Chicago, Diaz moved to Texas and earned a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Houston Creative Program. In 1998, he founded Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Latino literature and literacy. Visit the Web site for more information: www.nuestrapalabra.org.

The Macondo Foundation established the Elvira Cisneros award to honor the memory of Sandra Cisneros’ mother, Elvira Cordero Cisneros (1929-2007). Recipients are selected for exhibiting exceptional talent, a profound commitment to their chosen form of expression, and dedication to the work of nurturing the creativity of others. It is the foundation’s hope that recipients will make use of the award money to nurture their own creativity and wellbeing.

“We wanted to give it to someone who is too busy nurturing others to nurture herself. My mother was a deeply creative, but frustrated artist, and I don’t want to see others live their lives with regrets for what they didn’t do,” says Cisneros.

Along with the commitment and vision of Macondo’s founder, Sandra Cisneros, Macondo enjoys the ongoing support and participation of other internationally recognized writers, including Denise Chávez, John Phillip Santos, Luis Rodriguez, Dorothy Allison, Joy Harjo, Carmen Tafolla, and a large body of emerging writers who are also publishing books, touring in the U.S. and abroad, and working in their communities.

For more information about the Macondo Foundation check our Web site.

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