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 Northwest Vista College Library
1st Floor, Redbud Learning Center (RLC)
3535 N. Ellison Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78251
(210) 486-4513
Mon - Thur: 7:30am - 4:30pm
Fri: 7:30am - 4:00pm

The 2014 Tejas Foco Award Winners

The Tejas Foco site team at Northwest Vista College would like to thank the 2013-2014 committee chairs: 

Dissertation Committee: Jaime Meija 

Poetry Committee: Norma Cantu

Fiction Committee: Tony Diaz

Non-Fiction Committee: Trinidad Gonzales


2014 NACCS-Tejas Poetry Award

Isaac Chavarría

Poxo, Slough Press

Isaac Chavarría addresses identity and community.  Isaac Chavarría is a valley native and a graduate from the University of Texas Pan American with an MFA in creative writing and the co-founder of the Raving Press. His poems have been published in a Acentos Review, Rio Grande Review online, and Gallery.


2014 NACCS-Tejas Non-Fiction Book Award

Marci McMahon

University of Texas Pan-American   Domestic Negotiations: Gender, Nation, and Self-Fashioning in US Mexicana and Chicana Literature and Art, Rutger’s University Press

Marci R. McMahon received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California with affiliations in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity. She is an assistant professor in the Department of English and Mexican American Studies program at the University of Texas, Pan American.  Her courses focus on Chicana/o and Latina/o literature, cultural studies, gender studies, and theater and performance. She is the co-Director of Mexican American Studies at UTPA, as well as a member of the MAS faculty and advisory board. Marci is also a plenary speaker for NACCS Tejas Foco opening night and is the author of several publications.


2014 NACCS-Tejas Fiction Book Award 

Daniel Chacon

University of Texas at El Paso

Hotel Juarez, Houston’s Arte Publico Press

Daniel Chacon is an Assistant Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Texas at El Paso.  In addition, Chacon is a writer of fiction and non-fiction.  He is the author of  Unending Rooms, which he won the 2007 Hudson Prize for, the Shadows Took Him, and Chicano Chicanery. His fiction has appeared in the anthologies Lengua Fresca: Latinos Writing on the Edge; Caliente: The Best Erotic Writing in Latin American Fiction; and Best of the West 2009: New Stories from the West Side of the Missouri.


2014 NACCS- Tejas Foco Young Adult Fiction Book Award 

 Xavier Garza for Maximilian and the Bingo Rematch, Cinco Punto Press

Born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, author and Luche Libre Aficionado,  Xavier Garza is a prolific author, artist, and storyteller whose work focuses primarily on his experiences growing up in the small border town of Rio Grande City. Garza has exhibited his art and performed his stories in venues throughout Texas, Arizona and the state of Washington. 


2014 NACCS-Tejas Foco Award for Best Dissertations   

Antonio L. Vásquez, “Roots and Flows of the Tejano Diaspora in the Southern United States.” Michigan State University

Aaron E. Sánchez, “From Pocholandia to Aztlán: Belonging, Homeland Politics, and Citizenship in U.S.-MexicanThought, Texas 1910-1979. Southern Methodist University


2014 NACCS-Tejas Foco Letras de Aztlán, 'Community Award' 

¡SOMOS MAS! is a group of educators in San Antonio dedicated to promoting academic study and cultural events in the area of Mexican American Studies. Concerned over the assaults on ethnic studies in San Antonio and throughout the country, Teresita Aguilar and Keta Miranda organized the first meeting in 2012 It was over pan dulce on Teresita’s kitchen table that ¡SOMOS MAS! came to fruition. The consensus was that MAS programs, centers and departments in San Antonio did not benefit from competition, but rather collaboration. Supporting MAS in all institutions, only contributed to the strength of all. Since then, monthly strategy meetings have been held in various locations. ¡SOMOS MAS! has contributed to the saving of Mexican American history as college core in Texas, organized community forums in defense of Chicana/o youth education,raised scholarship money, organized fundraisers for students, participated in demonstrations, aligned degrees, marched for justice, presented at conferences and more.


Teresita Aguilar, New Mexico Highlands University

Marie ‘Keta’ Miranda, University of Texas at San Antonio

Juan Tejeda, Palo Alto College

Mariana Scuros-Ornelas, Palo Alto College

Corina González-Stout, Northwest Vista College

V. June Pedraza, Northwest Vista College

Rita Urquijo-Ruiz, Trinity University

Marco Cervantes, University of Texas at San Antonio

Lilliana Saldaña, University of Texas at San Antonio

Steven Wise, Our Lady of the Lake University

Sister Maria Eva Flores, Our Lady of the Lake University

Josephine Mendez-Negrete, University of Texas at San Antonio

Cynthia Cortez, St. Phillip’s College


Tejas Foco Honorable Mentions 2014 

A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying by Laurie Ann Guerrero

Born and raised in the Southside of San Antonio, Laurie Ann Guerrero received the Academy of American Poets Prize, among others, at Smith College. Winner of the 2012 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize, her first full-length collection, A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying, selected by Francisco X. Alarcón, was released by University of Notre Dame Press in 2013. Guerrero's poetry and critical work have appeared in Huizache, Texas Monthly, Bellevue Review, Women's Studies Quarterly, Global City Review, Texas Observer, Chicana/Latina Studies, Feminist Studies and others. Guerrero holds a B.A. in English Language & Literature from Smith College and an MFA in poetry from Drew University. Guerrero's chapbook, Babies under the Skin (2008), won the Panhandler Publishing Award, chosen by Naomi Shihab Nye. A CantoMundo fellow and member of the Macondo Writers' Workshop, Guerrero’s work has been highlighted in the LA Review of Books, The Poetry Foundation/Harriet Blog, and Poets & Writers Magazine in which she was named one of ten top, emerging poets in 2013. Other honors include fellowships from the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Award Foundation and the Artist Foundation of San Antonio. Guerrero has served on the faculty at Palo Alto College, University of the Incarnate Word, University of Texas-El Paso, and Gemini Ink, a community-centered literary arts organization in San Antonio. She is a visiting writer at Our Lady of the Lake University and lives in writes in San Antonio.

You can see Laurie present her poems at the Flor y Canto post-plenary event on Thursday evening in Cypress Campus Center Lago Vista.


Chicano Poet 1970-2010  by Reyes Cárdenas 

Poet Reyes Cárdenas was born and raised in central Texas. He is the author of Anti-Bicicleta Haiku (1976), Survivors of the Chicano Titanic (1981), Elegies For John Lennon (1984, 2006), I Was Never A Militant Chicano (1986), and Chicano Poet: 1970–2010 (2013). In his work, he takes inspiration from pop culture, politics, and Chicano identity. Cárdenas is a machinist by trade, and his work is just now emerging as an important body of writing in Chicano poetry.  His recent collection was awarded the 2014 Honorable Mention Winner for the NACCS Tejas Foco Poetry Award.

Flesh to Bone by Ire'ne Lara Silva

Ire’ne Lara Silva has lived in Austin, Tx since 1998. In that time, she has participated in many readings, coordinated writing workshops and literary festivals, edited a few literary magazines, and participated/coordinated in events with Red Salmon Arts/Resistencia Bookstore, Austin Hispanic Writers, and the Lunada Poetry Series, among others. From 2004 to 2008, she was the Executive Coordinator for the Macondo Writing Workshop/Macondo Foundation.  Her recent book, Flesh to Bone, is the 2014 Honorable Mention Winner for the NACCS Tejas Foco Fiction Award. 


Ask My Mood Ring by Diana Lopez 

Diana Lopez lives in Victoria, Texas where she teaches at the University of Houston – Victoria.  She is the author of Confetti Girl and  Sofia’s Saints, and her book Ask the Mood Ring is the Honorable Mention Nominee for the 2014 NACCS Tejas Foco Youth Fiction Award.


Dissertation Honorable Mention goes to Aminta Inelda Pérez

For “Tejano Rangers: The Development and Evolution of Ranging Tradition, 1540-1880.” The University of Iowa 




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Conference Co-organizers: 
Dr. June Pedraza
Office: (JH 111 F)
Corina Gonzalez-Stout
Office: (PCA 105 G)

Conference Committee:
Anival Gonzalez
Yalitza Guerra
Yndalecio Hinojosa
Natalia Trevino
Arturo Vazquez
Tommy Vela
James Puente
Carlos Acosta
Neil Lewis
Hector Trevino
Diane DeLaGarza
Dr. Homer Guevara
Mike Munoz
Sabrina Carey
Lynne Dean
Eli Tarin
Dom C
Dr. Teresita Aguilar (OLLU)
Dr. Liliana Saldana (UTSA)
Dr. Keta Miranda (UTSA)
Dr. Josie Mendez-Negrete (UTSA)
Leo Trevino (UTSA)
Sonya Hernandez (UTSA)
Juan Tejeda (Palo Alto)