Creative Writing Lecture: Christopher Carmona

Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: JO 2.604
Admission: Free
Season: 2018-19


Christopher Carmona is a Chicanx Beat writer. The Texas Observer recognized him as being one of the top five writers in 2014. He has two books of poetry, Beat and I Have Always Been Here. He edited The Beatest State In The Union: An Anthology of Beat Texas Writings with Chuck Taylor and Rob Johnson and Outrage: A Protest Anthology about Injustice in a Post 9/11 World with Rossy Evelin Lima.

Carmona's latest book is:

El Rinche: The Ghost Ranger of the Rio Grande

El Rinche is a reimagining and flip of the script of an American popular culture icon. This novel tells the story a light-skinned Mexican American named Ascencion “Chonnie” Ruiz de Plata. He disguises himself as the ghost of a Texas Ranger on the South Texas border of Mexico now known as The Rio Grande Valley between 1905-1921. Together with his partner, the Native American Tal’dos, a Japanese ninja master, and the most successful U.S. Marshall of all time, Bass Reeves (the real lone ranger), Chonnie takes on the superhero persona of “El Rinche” to fight the villainous Texas Rangers and save the local peoples of the area.


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