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Acclaimed author new professor of Latino studies at UHV

Sept. 1, 2009 at 4:01 a.m.
Updated Sept. 2, 2009 at 4:02 a.m.


Dagoberto Gilbwas in Victoria in September 2007 for the UHV/American Book Review Reading Series, which features authors who come to the university and attend roundtable discussions, make classroom visits to area schools and give community lectures.

Acclaimed author of seven books Dagoberto Gilb has joined the faculty of the University of Houston-Victoria as a writer-in-residence and professor of Latino studies.

The Los Angeles native will also work on university initiatives aimed to promote and engage the Mexican-American community.

"I feel like the world is opening up to Mexican Americans, and I'm excited it's beginning here in Victoria, long known as a cultural crossroads," Gilb said in a news release.

Gilb, whose work has appeared in national magazines such as The New Yorker and Harper's, has been widely anthologized in college textbooks. He is considered a premier American writer whose work explores the lives of Mexican-American people.

"I am honored to have an author as esteemed as Dagoberto Gilb join the faculty," UHV President Tim Hudson said. "He's a terrific writer and one of the most engaging and interesting people you'll ever meet. I know our students and community members will learn so much from him."

Gilb has been honored with many state and national prizes.

His first full book of stories, "The Magic of Blood," published by the University of New Mexico Press, won numerous awards.

"Professor Gilb is one of a handful of writers in America who have changed the way we view Mexican-American writing," said Jeffrey Di Leo, editor and publisher of the American Book Review and dean of the UHV School of Arts & Sciences. "I'm looking forward to him leading our efforts to promote Mexican-American literature and culture."

Gilb also has worked on movies and documentaries, and spent several years writing commentaries that aired on the National Public Radio show "Fresh Air."

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