Sergio Troncoso is a writer of essays, short stories, and novels, and the author of five books. He co-edited Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence, a collection of essays on how the bi-national and bi-cultural life along the United States-Mexico border has been disrupted by drug violence: The Making of an Anthology: Our Lost Border. The anthology won the Southwest Book Award and the International Latino Book Award.

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From This Wicked Patch of Dust:
“Troncoso’s novel is an engaging literary achievement.”
---Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Crossing Borders: Personal Essays:
“Heartwrenching.”
---Portland Book Review

Crossing Borders: Personal Essays is a collection of personal essays about fatherhood, interfaith marriage, breast cancer and families, poverty, literacy, and education. The book won the Bronze Award for Essays from ForeWord Reviews.

His first book The Last Tortilla and Other Stories won the Premio Aztlan Literary Prize and the Southwest Book Award. The Nature of Truth is a philosophical novel about a Yale research student who discovers that his boss, a renowned professor, hides a Nazi past. Arte Publico Press published a revised and updated edition in 2014.

From This Wicked Patch of Dust is a story about the Martinez family who begins life in the United States in Ysleta, outside the city limits of El Paso, Texas. The family struggles to stay together despite cultural clashes, different religions, and politics after September 11, 2001. Kirkus Reviews named the novel as one of the Best Books of 2012, and PEN/Texas shortlisted the book as the runner-up in its biannual Southwest Book Award for Fiction.

Troncoso was inducted into the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s Alumni Hall of Fame and the Texas Institute of Letters. He also received the Literary Legacy Award from the El Paso Community College. He is a member of PEN, a writers’ organization protecting free expression and celebrating literature.

He is currently an instructor at the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center in Sleepy Hollow, New York and a resident faculty member of the Yale Writers’ Conference in New Haven, Connecticut.

The son of Mexican immigrants, Sergio Troncoso was born and grew up in the unincorporated neighborhood or colonia of Ysleta on the U.S.-Mexico border. He graduated from Harvard College, and studied international relations and philosophy at Yale University. He won a Fulbright scholarship to Mexico, where he studied economics, politics, and literature.

Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence:
Our Lost Border: Essays on Life Amid the Narco-Violence, a treasure trove of one dozen personal essays, deserves to be celebrated, read, and discussed in every community in North America.”
---Literal Magazine: Latin American Voices

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“After reading From This Wicked Patch of Dust by Sergio Troncoso, I decided to adopt his book for my two College Success classes this fall. I believe our students can relate to many of the issues that the Martinez family faces in the book. Through our book discussions I hope to explore family dynamics and some of the cultural values that our students have to struggle with as they step into the college classroom. I want our students to know that their cultural values matter and they can be successful college students without losing their heritage in the process. I think Troncoso’s book does a fabulous job of addressing the cultural identity concerns that our students often face.”
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Karletty Medina, Academic and Retention Counselor and College Success faculty, Northern Essex Community College, Lawrence, Massachusetts

The Nature of Truth: (revised and updated 2014 edition)
Sergio Troncoso's The Nature of Truth single-handedly redefines the Chicano novel and the literary thriller.”
---El Paso Times

The Last Tortilla and Other Stories:
“Enthusiastically recommended.”
---Booklist