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Carla Trujillo

Carla TrujilloCarla Trujillo’s first novel, What Night Brings (Curbstone Press, 2003), received the Miguel Mármol Prize for best first work of fiction by a Latino/a writer, the Latino Book Award for fiction, and the Paterson Fiction Prize. It was a finalist for the LAMBDA Literary Award, ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year, and was an honorable mention for the Gustavas Myers Book Award. What Night Brings was one of three finalists for the University of Washington’s “common book” for 2009 (read by all incoming first year students). Carla is also the editor of Living Chicana Theory (1998) and Chicana Lesbians: The Girls Our Mothers Warned Us About (1991). The anthologies and the novel are widely used in college and high school classrooms. Carla has also written various articles on identity and higher education. Her latest novel, Faith and Fat Chances, was a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for socially engaged fiction and will be published by Curbstone/Northwestern University Press in September 2015. Carla has been fortunate to study fiction with Sandra Cisneros, Thaisa Frank, and Junot Diaz, and has attended the Squaw Valley Writer’s conference and the Macondo Writing Workshop.  Carla works at UC Berkeley as the Assistant Dean for Graduate Diversity, and has taught fiction writing at the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Emerging Writers Retreat and the Macondo Writing Workshop.