Writing

Alumni Events at University of Illinois

Next week, I’ll be visiting the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for an alumni reading and career round table discussion.  Below are flyers for these events.

 

Carr Reading Series Info and Bios

University of Illinois Creative Writing Dept.

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NMSU Reading and AWP Pics & Notes

I’ll be reading on the New Mexico State campus this Friday, April 8 at 7:30 PM in the Health and Social Sciences 101A auditorium.  Below is info from the Facebook event page.

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Like to hear a good story? How about two? Please make room on Friday for this very special night of story-telling. Paul Pedroza will read from his collection, The Dead Will Rise And Save Us, and MFA candidate Savannah Johnston will share her fiction from her thesis. It’s going to be such a treat! One that you want to share with friends, family, and acquaintances you want to impress.

NMSU Reading

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The AWP16 conference was good times.  Not only did I get to spend a lot of time with writers and friends and writer friends, but I also enjoyed a successful book signing and a fortifying session at the AWP Writer-to-Writer Mentorship Program table.  As a mentor, I enjoyed answering questions from writers who are a little hesitant about applying for MFA programs and are exploring their options, but I also learned a lot about the challenge of balancing full lives with writing dreams.

Upcoming Appearances, AWP, and Release Party Photos

If you’re heading to Los Angeles next week for the AWP Conference, stop by the Veliz Books table (#2039) at the book fair on Thursday, March 31 from 2-3 PM.  I’ll be signing copies of my story collection, The Dead Will Rise and Save Us.

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I’ll be reading on the New Mexico State campus in Las Cruces on April 8.  The event starts at 7:30 PM in the Health and Social Services auditorium, room 101A.  Details about the reading series can be found here.

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On February 19, my book was officially released at a special event held at the 501 Bar & Bistro in downtown El Paso.

The turnout was great, and it was a special night that I won’t soon forget.  Below are some pics from the event.  (Photo credits: Veliz Books, Laura Caldera-Marquez, Carol Fonseca)

Goodreads

My author page is now live over at Goodreads

If/when you read my book, I’d appreciate a rating and/or review.

The pre-order sale over here will continue through the end of the year.  save 20%, read the book, and let me know what you think.

News about readings, radio interviews, reviews, etc. will be shared soon.  Thanks for your support, and have a happy new year!

Pre-Order Sale for The Dead Will Rise & Save Us

My story collection, The Dead Will Rise and Save Us, is available at the link below.  If you order by January 1, you’ll save 20% off the cover price.

https://madmimi.com/p/3d6e07/preview

Blurbs:

“Pedroza’s prismatic, visionary, and fiercely loving tales of El Paso and its residents swerve from laughter to heartache, from surreality to the punch of the real. This is a deft debut with a bold range of approaches and an exultant, beating heart.”
–Alex Shakar, author of Luminarium

The Dead Will Rise and Save Us, much like El Paso and the desert Southwest, is hazarded with moral complexity and unforeseen grace. Paul Pedroza’s stories, the characters crawling inside them, will not leave you soon after reading. They’ll remain beneath your skin and in your bones.”
–Matt Mendez, author of Twitching Heart

The Dead Will Rise and Save Us is one of the most exciting books of fiction to come out of the southwest in years. The stories are intelligent and poignant, with complex characters and language that flows through the pages like a river, sometimes raging, sometimes quiet and peaceful, but always beautiful. With The Dead Will Rise, Pedroza is destined to be included in the canon of important border literature … .”
–Daniel Chacón, author of Chicano Chicanery and Hotel Juárez: Stories, Rooms and Loops.

New Story Published on Sixfold

My story “Motion Without Meaning,” which ranked #11 out of 369 entries in Sixfold’s fiction contest, is now available as part of their new Winter 2014 e-book.  It’s narrator is Martinez, the owner of a small grocery in the middle of downtown El Paso, a man who has witnessed the glory days and the decline of the city proper, a character who has played small roles in other stories and whose call for a story of his own was too tempting to ignore.

https://www.sixfold.org/FicWinter14/Pedroza.html