In a rebroadcast from July 7, 2013, Ben & Daniel talk with Joy Castro, author of the novel "Hell or High Water" and the essay collection "The Island of Bones." Joy talks about her background as a Jehovah's Witness, a Cuban-American, and an adoptee...and why her Latino heritage isn't often acknowledged in many Latino literary anthologies. She also explains why that separation and alienation she experienced in life often finds its way into her books' characters. Joy also talks about discovering her characters in the process of writing them. http://joycastro.com/ Since the airing of this interview, Joy has published "Nearer You," the latest book featuring her character Nola Céspedes.
For today's Poem of the Week, Daniel Chacon reads Yusef Komunyakaa's "My Father's Love Letters."
Plus...Ben & Daniel talk about breaking free of the stereotypes of the "Latino" or "Chicano" writer, and why Chicano writers shouldn't be pressured to always write about abuelitas making tortillas.
Aired July 27, 2014.