Author: Robert Paul Moreira
Publisher: Frayed Edge Press
ISBN: 9781642510416 (pbk.)
Physical description: 6x9, 187 p.
This cross-genre collection of short stories, microfiction, and drama provides a kaleidoscope of modern human experience—from navigating fraught romantic relationships and definitions of masculinity, to dealing with the pull of family ties and the struggle to make one's way in the world. Inspired by authors as diverse as Robert Graves, Leslie Marmon Silko, and playwright Luis Valdez, DIG is a bruised bricolage in four acts—UTERO, VIVO, SITU, and VITRO—that interrogates the imprisoned body, braves its way through southern cartographies, and ultimately urges readers to venture beyond the confines of history, trauma, language, place, and genre.
Featuring Latinx characters who are often caught between cultures, DIG explores themes of physical and emotional violence, human relationships, and the weight of politics, history, and culture on individuality and identity. Pathos and humor mix with frustration, revulsion, and dread to create an emotional rollercoaster that ultimately lands on a celebration of human resilience and perseverance.
Robert Paul Moreira earned his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Texas Pan American, and his Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is the editor of ¡Arriba Baseball!: A Collection of Latina/o Baseball Fiction (2013) and author of the story collection Scores, winner of the 2016 NACCS Tejas FOCO Fiction Award. His work has appeared in Southwest American Literature, Aethlon, Azahares, Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas, Cobalt Review, and the anthologies SOL: English Writing from Mexico, Along the River 2, and New Border Writing. Robert is a lecturer in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley, where he has taught courses in fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, and Mexican American studies.