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 @ http://