“Buford Highway” has found a home

March 4, 2018 lvocem 3 comments

This story was actually the first chapter of a novel I started a few years back. But since reading Junot Díaz Pulitzer prize winning book The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, I decided to approach the novel in a non-linear way, using short stories strung together. That would allow me to move up and down in time and go deep in the events that followed these characters. My original inspiration for the novel was Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. But instead of the plight of African Americans, this would be the plight of a Latino immigrant family.
Interestingly enough, when I received the email that Wraparound South wanted to publish the story, I was workshopping a story about Jesus and Kyle, many many years later.
I love what Wraparound South is doing. There are so many new voices in the South that makes this place even more rich, even more picturesque and give credence and continuity to the powerful works that are Southern Literature, such as William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, William Styron, Alice Walker. Perhaps it will merge and find common ground with other powerful legacies such as those of South American writers like Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Alejo Carpentier, Jorge Amado, Carlos Fuentes.
My work is not remotely as good as these giants, but if anything, I pay my respects to the legacies that they provided us and the guidance into creating works that if anything are honest, pungent and willing to take risks.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. To Wraparound South and to all those that read this story.

3 Comments on ““Buford Highway” has found a home

  1. Buford Highway is about to come out. I have been in touch with the editor, going over last touches and edits and they tell me the publication is going to come out maybe next week, that is the week of June 10, 2018. Check it out.

  2. Buford Highway came out. Read it here. So please read the story, but also go to the back porch advice, where the different contributors to this issue respond to a series of questions. I responded to the question “When did you know you wanted to be a writer?” So please read it. This is the link.

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