Maceo Montoya
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Maceo Montoya

Maceo Montoya's first novel, "The Scoundrel and the Optimist" (Bilingual Review, 2010), was awarded the 2011 International Latino Book Award for "Best First Book" and Latino Stories named him one of its "Top Ten New Latino Writers to Watch." In 2014, University of New Mexico Press published his second novel, "The Deportation of Wopper Barraza," and Copilot Press published "Letters to the Poet from His Brother," a hybrid book combining images, prose poems, and essays. "You Must Fight Them: A Novella and Stories" (University of New Mexico Press, 2015) was a finalist for Foreword Review's INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award. Montoya also wrote and illustrated "Chicano Movement for Beginners," a work of graphic nonfiction. His most recent novel is "Preparatory Notes for Future Masterpieces," published by the University of Nevada Press in 2021. Also a visual artist, Montoya's paintings, drawings, and prints have been featured in exhibitions and publications throughout the country as well as internationally. He has collaborated with other writers on visual-textual projects, including David Montejano's "Sancho's Journal" (University of Texas Press 2012), an ethnography of the Brown Berets in San Antonio, Laurie Ann Guerrero's "A Crown for Gumecindo" (Aztlán Libre Press, 2015), and Arturo Mantecon's translation of Mexican poet Mario Santiago Papasquiaro's, "Poetry Comes Out of My Mouth" (Dialogos Books, 2018). "American Quasar," published by Red Hen Press, is his most recent visual-textual collaboration with poet David Campos, Montoya grew up in Elmira, California. He comes from a family of artists, including his father Malaquias Montoya, a renowned artist, activist, and educator, and his late brother, the poet Andrés Montoya. Maceo graduated from Yale University in 2002 and received his Master of Fine Arts in painting from Columbia University in 2006. He is currently an associate professor in the Chicana/o Studies Department at UC Davis where he teaches courses on Chicano culture and literature. More information, including examples of his artwork, can be viewed at www.maceomontoya.com.
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