Montserrat Fontes

Glendale, CA 91205-3820

Author's Bio

I am a product of the border -- Texas and the USA. The conflicts that exist between these two nations war inside me and continue to create conflicts within me. They are also the greatest stimulus to my writing as they provide me with a dual vision: Mexican and American. This duality is visible in whatever I write and wherever I go.

Publications and Prizes


First Confession
(W. W. Norton & Company,
High Contrast
(Naiad Press,
Dreams of the Centaur
(W. W. Norton & Company,


American Book Award for Fiction, from the Before Columbus Foundation, Dreams of the Centaur, 1997, Chicago, Il. Distinguished Alumnus Award, School of Arts & Letters,“for dedicated service and for the civic pride demonstrated for the benefit of all citizens of LA County,” California State University, Los Angeles, March 19, 1996. Carnegie-Mellon Grant for “Stephen Daedalus, Hamlet, and Waiting for Godot,” 1988. National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar,“Versions of the Mexican Revolution,” Boston College, Boston, MA, 1990. National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar,“William Faulkner: The Regional and the Mythic, “ University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, 1987. National Endowment for the Humanities Independent Study Grant, “The Use of the Grotesque by Carson McCullers & Flannery O’Connor,” Milledgeville, GA 1985.

More Information

Listed as:
Fiction Writer
Gives readings? 
Travels for readings? 
Identifies as: 
Prefers to work with: 
Fluent in: 
English, Spanish
Born in: 
Laredo, TX
Raised in: 
Los Angeles, CA

Reviews, Recordings, and Interviews

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Flannery O'Connor -- A Biography by Brad Gooch, A Mercy by Toni Morrison, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Favorite Books:
The Sound and the Fury Beloved Poisonwood Bible
Favorite Authors:
William Faulkner Barbara Kingsolver Toni Morrison

Please note: All information in the Directory is provided by the listed writers or their representatives.
Listing last updated: June 10, 2009.

Current Issue

Cover Story 

Our Independent Publishing Issue features an in-depth interview with Graywolf Press editor Jeff Shotts; a look at the successful partnerships of eleven small-press authors and their editors; a profile of indie essayist Charles D'Ambrosio; Donald Hall recalls a golden age of American poetry; best-selling author Miranda Beverly-Whittemore on the rewards of self-promotion; advice for self-published authors; a conversation with Guernica publisher Lisa Lucas; and much more.

Finding Gems in Lost & Found

by Rebecca Bates

News and Trends

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

The Center for Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City is making the ephemeral more tangible through its Lost & Found chapbook series.


Let's Just Do This: Eleven Small-Press Authors and their Publishing Partners

by Kevin Larimer

Special Section

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

Eleven small-press authors and their publishing partners discuss the independent approach—and all the passion, commitment, and love that comes with it—to bringing books into the world.


Agents & Editors: Jeff Shotts

by Michael Szczerban

Special Section

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

Graywolf Press executive editor Jeff Shotts discusses the power of patience in publishing, editing as an act of empathy, and why it’s an exciting time to be a poet.