News Articles

El Paso Herald-Post: Library branch renamed in honor of local author (2015) --- By City of El Paso. On October 2, 2015, the City of El Paso officially dedicates the library branch at 9321 Alameda Avenue in honor of local author and Ysleta native Sergio Troncoso.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund: HSF inducts five into 2003 Alumni Hall of Fame (2003) --- By Miguel Salinas.

KTEP Interview on Perspectives (2000) --- With host Louie Saenz.
(mp3 audio format; 32 minutes)


Words on a Wire Interview (2018) --- Daniel Chacon interviews Sergio Troncoso, and they talk about the influence of Sergio's abuelita, the naming of the public library in Ysleta, and creating the Troncoso Reading Prizes for local students. Sergio also discusses “Passing Ambition,” his new essay in We Wear the Mask: Fifteen True Stories of Passing in America, Beacon Press.
(mp3 audio format; 28 minutes)

Associated Press: El Paso native writes about life, love on the border (2000) --- By Michelle Koidin.

LatinoLink Interview (2000) --- Interview by Ricardo Vazquez. Turning Ordinary Lives into Extraordinary Tales.

El Paso Times: New voice in Chicano literature (1999) --- By Ramon Renteria.

Interview on New Letters on the Air (2013)  --- Interview by Angela Elam.
(mp3 audio format; 29 minutes)

Words on a Wire Interview (2013) --- Interview by Benjamin Alire Saenz and Daniel Chacon.
(mp3 audio format; 29 minutes)

Conversation with C. M. Mayo and Sergio Troncoso (2012) --- With C.M. Mayo.
(mp3 audio format; 59 minutes)

Texas Library Association Interview (2012) --- Interview by Ted Wanner.
(mp3 audio format; 7 minutes)

Words on a Wire Interview (2011) --- Interview by Daniel Chacon.
(mp3 audio format; 11 minutes)

El Paso Times: An essayist for the border: Ysleta author Sergio Troncoso (2011) --- By Ramon Renteria.

KUHA Houston Public Radio Interview (2011) --- With host Eric Ladau.
(mp3 audio format; 82 minutes)

La Bloga Interview (2011) --- Interview by Daniel Olivas. Interview (2011) --- website.

NPR interview on Morning Edition, with Steve Inskeep (2014) --- For his series on the U.S.-Mexico border, Steve Inskeep interviews Sergio Troncoso and his parents Rodolfo and Bertha Troncoso at their home in Ysleta. The family talks about growing up with kerosene lamps and stoves and an outhouse in the backyard, but his father’s humorous and honest responses to being a proud Mexicano steal the show.
(mp3 audio format; 8 minutes)

Kansas City’s KCUR, with Steve Kraske (2014) --- Steve Kraske interviews Sergio Troncoso about visiting Independence, Missouri to teach at the George Caleb Bingham Academy for the Arts during the summer, with student Ashton Harris. They talk about teachers and mentors, immigrant values, creating a writing community, and Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence.
(mp3 audio format; 32 minutes)

NPR’s On Point, with Tom Ashbrook (2014) --- WBUR's Tom Ashbrook of On Point talks with Clay Smith, Sarah Bird, Sergio Troncoso, and Philipp Meyer about “That Texas Tone in Literature.” These writers discuss the mythology of Texas versus the reality of the Texas miracle, the oil boom, Latinos and immigration, cattle country, urban Texas, and the borderlands.
(mp3 audio format; 46 minutes)

NPR Interview on Latino USA (2003) --- With host Maria Hinojosa.
(mp3 audio format; 4 minutes)

Latin Post: Author Sergio Troncoso Shares Incredible Truths About the Border and Storytelling (2015) --- By Nicole Akoukou Thompson. Sergio Troncoso discusses the craft of fiction and nonfiction, striving to write about “the truths neglected or ignored in society,” judging the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and establishing the Troncoso Reading Prizes in Ysleta.

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Older Interviews and News Articles

KTEP Interview on Perspectives (2013) --- Interview by Louie Saenz.
(mp3 audio format; 29 minutes)

Nepantla Familias: A Mexican-American Anthology of Literature on Families in between Worlds, edited by Sergio Troncoso, Texas A&M Press, forthcoming in 2021.

A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son, a Collection of Short Fiction, by Sergio Troncoso, Cinco Puntos Press, forthcoming in 2019.

“Life as Crossing Borders,” by Sergio Troncoso, New Letters, forthcoming.

“Eternal Return,” by Sergio Troncoso, Yale Review, Vol. 106, No. 3, July 2018.

Review Essay: “Leaving El Paso,” by Sergio Troncoso, Texas Monthly Magazine, June 2018.

He was elected Vice President of the Texas Institute of Letters, 2018.

Recent News

Words on a Wire Interview (2014) --- Benjamin Saenz and Daniel Chacon sit down for a chat with Sergio Troncoso, a native of El Paso who has republished his novel The Nature of Truth. Troncoso explains what drove him to republish the work, and he reads an excerpt. He also explains why Ysleta is his favorite part of El Paso.
(mp3 audio format; 33 minutes)