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ABOUT the author
Robert Lopez is the author of three novels, Part of the World, Kamby Bolongo Mean River, named one of 25 important books of the decade by HTML Giant, and All Back Full; two story collections, Asunder and Good People, and a novel-in-stories titled A Better Class of People. His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry has appeared in dozens of publications, including Bomb, The Threepenny Review, Vice Magazine, New England Review, The Sun, and the Norton Anthology of Sudden Fiction – Latino. He teaches at Stony Brook University and has previously taught at Columbia University, The New School, Pratt Institute, and Syracuse University. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Find out more about the author here: robertlopez.net
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Dispatches From Puerto Nowhere: An American Story of Assimilation and Erasure
"Robert Lopez’s family story about cultural erasure has stuck with me for months after my first read. Dispatches From Puerto Nowhere is an honest and deep emotional exploration of the author’s family history, dating back to his grandfather Sixto’s immigration to the United States in the 1920s. Lopez honors the past and imagines his grandfather’s history through what he can remember in an effort to re-claim a heritage that has been threatened by assimilation."
—Michael Welch, Chicago Review of Books
Cincinnati Edition interview with Robert Lopez | March 9, 2023
"Downbound Books hosts indie publisher Two Dollar Radio for an event to engage readers"
Lucy May, host of Cincinnati Edition (WVXU, Cincinnati Public Radio) speaks with Robert Lopez, author of Dispatches from Puerto Nowhere; Eric Obenauf, editor and publisher of Two Dollar Radio; and Anne Trubek, founder and publisher of another indie press located in Ohio: Belt Publishing. Topics of discussion during the radio program include the role of independent publishing, the Midwest literary scene, how Robert came to be published by Two Dollar Radio and more!
Q&A with Robert Lopez | 7/6/2022
We talk with Robert Lopez about his forthcoming nonfiction title Dispatches From Puerto Nowhere: An American Story of Assimilation and Erasure, immigration and family assimilation in the U.S., Brooklyn neighborhoods, his love of tennis, and more.