BLCA Writer in Residence, Diego Vázquez, Jr. will be reading excerpts from the two novels that he worked on during his tenure as the Banfill-Locke Writer in Residence. “Border Town Sky” is the adventure of four teens through the desert part of the Rocky Mountains on the border between El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Chihuahua. They are searching for an important landing spot. “The Fat-Brush Painter” is the story of a house painter living in Saint Paul who earlier in his life wrote a best seller. The story mixes nostalgia with the appreciation for a new friendship with a young apprentice painter.
Vázquez is a Twin Cities based poet, novelist, and storyteller. In addition to working on his own writing, he is the lead instructor of the Women’s Writing Program at the Ramsey County Correctional Facility and the Sherburne County Jail in Elk River which has profoundly affected his insight into the joy and passion of the heart. He has taught writing workshops across the metro area and has been published in a number of publications over the past twenty years. A Loft Mentor in Fiction for 2014–2015, Vázquez is the author of the novel Growing Through the Ugly. A recent essay, “Borderland” can be found in the anthology, Extraordinary Rendition (American) Writers on Palestine (OR Books, New York, NY), Fall 2015.
Vázquez served as the literary presence for those who make BLCA their writing home. The Writer-in-Residence received a stipend, a studio work space, and also facilitated the NorthWords writers, a monthly critique group.
Our reading series is provided through a partnership with Anoka County Library and was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Art and Cultural Heritage Fund.