Thursday, June 02, 2011

Bios for Bobby and Lee Byrd of Cinco Puntos Press!

As we recently announced, Bobby and Lee Byrd of Cinco Puntos Press will be available for Publishing Consultations at the conference! Bobby and Lee will hold these appointments separately: Lee specializes in fiction, and Bobby in poetry. See below for their full bios! And check out the website if you're interested in registering for a consultation!

Writer and publisher Lee Byrd lives in El Paso. In 1985, with her husband, poet Bobby Byrd, she founded Cinco Puntos Press, a publishing house recognized for bringing the multicultural literatures of the American Southwest and the U.S./Mexico border region to a national audience. Lee has published a collection of short stories, My Sister Disappears (SMU Press), two children’s books, The Treasure on Gold Street and Lover Boy (Cinco Puntos) and a novel Riley’s Fire (Algonquin), named one of the Top Ten Best Books of 2006 by People magazine. In 1997, she was the recipient of the Dobie-Paisano Fellowship. In 2005, she and her husband received Cultural Freedom Fellowships from the Lannan Foundation.

From Bobby Byrd: I am a poet (my most recent book—White Panties, Dead Friends and Other Bits & Pieces of Love) and co-publisher with my wife Lee and son John of the very independent Cinco Puntos Press in El Paso. Publishing, by the way, is something that Lee and I as writers, not wanting to work in academia or in the 9 to 5 world, fell into by chance as a way to make a living. That said, it surprised us and has become an essential ingredient in our intellectual and imaginative lives. I have I co-edited with John Byrd Puro Border: Dispatches, Graffiti and Snapshots from the U.S./Mexico Border. I have co-edited, again with son John, an anthology of Texas crime fiction, Lone Star Noir, for the Akashic Books Noir Series which will be out in 2010. I continue to write of course, both poetry and essays and pieces for my blog @

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