This month Writers On the Air is hosting two multi-talented poets and authors, Maceo Montoya and Javier O. Huerta. Please see their bios below. The theme this month was chosen by these poets, an interesting one indeed. For Our Future Biographers. Imagine someone who may not know you or only knows one part of you (your writing) and they decide to do a biography of you. Take it from there.
Maceo Montoya’s paintings, drawings, and prints have been featured in exhibitions and publications throughout the country as well as internationally. He has published three works of fiction, The Scoundrel and the Optimist (2010),The Deportation of Wopper Barraza (2014)and You Must Fight Them: A Novella and Stories (2015), as well as Letters to the Poet from His Brother (2014), a hybrid book combining images, prose poems, and essays. His most recent publication is Chicano Movement for Beginners, a work of graphic nonfiction. Montoya is an associate professor in the Chicana/o Studies Department at UC Davis where he teaches the Chicana/o Mural Workshop and courses in Chicano Literature. www.maceomontoya.com
Javier O. Huerta
Javier O. Huerta is a Mexican American and Chicano poet. His first book Some Clarifications y otros poemas (Arte Publico 2007) was awarded the Chicano/Latino Literary Prize from the University of California at Irvine. Javier is also the author of American Copia. Huerta was born in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico and immigrated to the United States with his mother and younger brother, crossing the Rio Grande (Rio Bravo) in 1981. In 1986, he gained legal residency under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 and became a US citizen in January 2000 after serving four years in the United States Navy. As of 2012, he resides in the Bay Area, California. Huerta also studies the laughter of poetry in the English PhD program at the University of California at Berkeley, where he teaches the following courses, “Politics and Poetics of Refusal,” “Documents and the Literature of the Undocumented,” and “Laughter and Literature.”