Books

El Rinche: The Ghost Ranger of the Rio Grande

“A thrilling border saga ripped from the pages of Texas history, El Rinche: The Ghost Ranger of the Rio Grande, gives younger readers a crucial history lesson while keeping them turning pages! I only wish Carmona’s novel had been around when I was a young reader. I’d have been the wiser in understanding the experience of our people regarding “official” narratives that most often serve to whitewash Texas history. Best of all, it’s a great read!”--Manuel Luis Martinez, author of Los Duros, a novel and winner of the American Book Award

El Rinche is a reimagining and flip of the script of an American popular culture icon. This novel tells the story a light-skinned Mexican American named Ascencion “Chonnie” Ruiz de Plata. He disguises himself as the ghost of a Texas Ranger on the South Texas border of Mexico now known as The Rio Grande Valley between 1905-1921. Together with his partner, the Native American Tal’dos, a Japanese ninja master, and the most successful U.S. Marshall of all time, Bass Reeves (the real lone ranger), Chonnie takes on the superhero persona of “El Rinche” to fight the villainous Texas Rangers and save the local peoples of the area. 

 
140: Twitter Poems
bilingual edition

"explosive, existential, socially
​rebellious poetry..." 
-Latino Book Review

This book is a collection of 140 poems written over 140 days by Christopher Carmona and translated by Gerald Padilla. This collection is a series a poems that cover the space of December 1, 2015 to April 12, 2016. Each poem represents a reflection of the day it was written and speaks of the social and political fervor of the day.

The Road to Llorona Park

The Road to Llorona Park is 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 affect peoples lives on both sides of the border.

Outrage: A Protest Anthology in a Post-9/11 World
edited by
Rossy Evelin Lima & Christopher Carmona

The last few years have seen several incidents of outrage from the people and now we must respond the best way possible, through our writings and artwork. This anthology is dedicated to the atrocities of the shootings of black and brown people to the injustices that the refugees have encountered when fleeing war-torn countries, to the rise of anti-Latin@ sentiment that has led to the banning of Mexican American and Ethnic Studies, to the banning of brown bodies through xenophobic legislation, and the constant and complacent racism against anything Middle Eastern or Asian, to the complete disregard to indigenous rights in the name of corporate progress.

The Beatest State in the Union: An Anthology of Beat Texas Writing 
edited by
 Christopher Carmona, Rob Johnson, and Chuck Taylor

Many of the major Beat writers of the 1950s and 1960s had a fascination with Texas. They spent time there, traveled around the state, wrote there. And left a legacy among the Texas writers they met as well as those influenced by reading the original Beats. This anthology includes both well-known Beat writers and writers who are currently in the process of making names for themselves with their publications.

 
 
 
 
Nuev@s Voces Poeticas: A Dialogue about New Chian@ Identities
with Isaac Chavarría, Gabriel Sanchez, Rossy Evelin Lima, & Christopher Carmona

This book examines the identities of Chican@ in a post-9/11 America. In an effort to not hijack and prescribe new Chican@ identities from one author’s perspective, this book is constructed in dialogue format with 4 different perspectives and 4 different approaches. We ask the questions: What has triggered such an interest in Chican@ in recent times? What types of poetry, writing, and art is being created and what are the social factors that have led to new Chican@ identities? ­ is book addresses four different identities within the “Chican@” identity such as xicanindio (Carmona), inmigrante (Lima), poch@ (Chavarria), & the fluid Chicano (Sanchez) as a jumping off point to discuss all that is happening currently.

 
I Have Always Been Here

I Have Always Been Here is a mixture of poetry/flash memoir and stories that tell the journey of a poet from growing up in the border community of the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas to becoming socially and politically aware, and finally to today’s politically/racially charged world.  Weaving together beat, Chicano, and Native poetics, this book serves as a bridge between these seemingly different identities.  This book challenges the idea that Chican@s are immigrants to this land when most of them have had the empires change around them but we have never left. 

 
beat

This book of poetry sets out to redefine what it means to be beat. Working to reaffirm that the beat keeps moving from generation to generation and as it moves it changes with the times, beat is a declaration that beat poetry is alive and well, mixing together life in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, life as a Chicano, and life as a beat poet. This book serves to keep the tradition of the Beat Generation alive and well where it should be...in poetry.