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:
“Heart-wrenching.”
---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. In 2014, the El Paso City Council voted unanimously to rename the Ysleta public library branch in honor of Sergio Troncoso.

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. Troncoso has been a judge for the Shrake Award for Best Short Nonfiction from the Texas Institute of Letters. He has also served on the Literature panel of the New York State Council on the Arts, and in 2014 he was co-chair of that panel.

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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The Nature of Truth: (2014 revised and updated 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