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Arte Público Press Author of the Month: Jesus Salvador Treviño

Ambitious and diligent young Latinos leave their home town of Arroyo Grande, Texas to pursue their dreams. Their journeys are interrupted by wormholes, alternate realities and rapacious land developers.


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Each month, Houston Public Media and Arte Público Press combine efforts to highlight works by veteran and up-and-coming Latino writers. For November, we feature award-winning film/television director and author Jesús Salvador Treviño and the third installment of his Arroyo Grande series.

The former members of the Arroyo Grande sluggers have graduated from Jefferson High School and are off to Los Angeles, New York City, Boston and other destinations to pursue their dreams. Aspiring filmmaker Choo-Choo Torres at USC and young artist Yolanda Mendoza studying at Parsons School of Design are still very much in love despite the huge physical distance between them. Brilliant and dedicated Jeannie de la Cruz is studying engineering at M.I.T. while beginning to question her sexual identity.

For the stories contained in Return to Arroyo Grande, Mr. Treviño subjects the young adventurers to time shifts, alternate realities and a group of greedy real estate developers. Choo-Choo, Yolanda, Jeannie and the others face challenges to their loyalties to each other, their identities as Latinos and to their home town.

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Jesus Salvador Treviño, Author of Return to Arroyo Grande published by Arte Público Press
Jesus Salvador Treviño, author of Return to Arroyo Grande published by Arte Público Press

Houston Public Media's Eric Ladau spoke with Mr. Treviño.