The West Virginia University departments of English, and World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics will host a reading by Dagoberto Gilb on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gold Ballroom of the Mountainlair. The reading is free and open to the public. A book signing and reception will follow.

Dagoberto Gilb was born and raised in Los Angeles and lived as many years in El Paso. He now lives in Austin. Gilb’s books include his most recent, “Before the End, After the Beginning”—acclaimed in The New Your Times and on NPR’s “All Things Considered”—and have won the PEN/Hemingway Award and been finalists for the PEN Faulkner and National Book Critics Circle Award.

He edited “Hecho en Tejas: An Anthology of Texas Mexican Literature,” the canonical volume of Texas Mexican literature, which won the Southwest Book Award for nonfiction. Anthologized widely, recipient of awards including a Guggenheim and Whiting, his fiction and nonfiction have appeared in a range of magazines including “Harper’s,” “The New Yorker,” and ‘The Threepenny Review.”

Gilb spent most of his adult years as a construction worker and a journeyman, high-rise carpenter with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters. He has been a visiting writer at the University of Texas at Austin, University of Wyoming, University of Arizona, Vassar, Cal State Fresno, and was a full professor in the Creative Writing Program at Texas State University, in San Marcos, Texas. He is now the executive director of CentroVictoria, a center for Mexican-American literature and culture at the University of Houston, Victoria, where he is also the writer-in-residence.

For more information, contact Glenn Taylor, assistant, professor of English, at (304) 293–4547 or



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