In the Press
A big bienvenida to the characters on The Road to Llorona Park—El Rey de Chicle, Hal, Shī Zapoteca—and many more who capture the essence of the Chicanx Renaissance from beginning to end. In this diverse collection, Carmona reminds us that a bordertown is an evolving place in time, where the past constantly collides with the present, reaching far beyond unspoken truths. Truly an extraordinary collection of stories from the Rio Grande Valley—folkloric, poignant, Kafkaesque!
Christopher Carmona's voice is a sacred fragment from a world where a near-religious dust has settled. It shimmers with a sort of legitimizing patina--necessary age that denotes the most beautiful kind of struggle. His stories ache with heart and longing. His characters bleed precious fluids, drip art for certain. You must enjoy these stories: Carmona is a gift for us all.
Carmona is a gifted storyteller. The stories in this collection are thematically courageous and the characters are tender, funny, harsh and loving all at once. He has written a vibrant and honest portrayal of a place with complicated characters who face an unjust system and world. These necessary stories will burn in your memory for a long, long while.
Sarah Rafael García,
author of Las Niñas and founder of Barrio Writers
Brian Allen Carr,
author of The Last Horror Novel in the History of the World and Vampire Conditions
author of Soledad and Let It Rain Coffee
Christopher Carmona is a Chicanx Beat writer. The Texas Observer recognized him as being one of the top five writers in 2014. He has two books of poetry, beat and I Have Always Been Here. He edited The Beatest State In The Union: An Anthology of Beat Texas Writings with Chuck Taylor and Rob Johnson and Outrage: A Protest Anthology about Injustice in a Post 9/11 World with Rossy Evelin Lima by Slough Press.
He has also co-written a conversation book, Nuev@s Voces Poeticas: A Dialogue about New Chican@ Poetics. His first book of short fiction, The Road to Llorona Park was published in 2016.
News & Events
Dustin M. Sekula Library, Edinburg Library Reading and Book Signing
1906 S Closner Blvd, Edinburg, Texas
Book Launch for The Road to Llorona Park, a collection of short fiction about the changing world of la frontera/the borderlands of the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. The stories center around the current times when the political upheavals of Mexico began to effect peoples lives on both sides of the border.
Lengua Libre Featured Reading VTX
311 E Constitution St, Victoria, Texas
Nowhere Poetry and Flash Fiction, Guerrilla Gourmet, and Lengua Libre Poetry are proud to present, for the first time ever in Victoria, and for one night only: Christopher Carmona.
Malvern Books Road to Lllorona Park Book Launch
613 W 29th St, Austin, Texas 78705
Join us in celebrating the Austin launch of Christopher Carmona’s debut short story collection, "The Road to Llorona Park."
Join us for the weekend reading series with Christopher Carmona’s debut short story collection, "The Road to Llorona Park."