“A Working Man’s Apocrypha”
by William Luvaas
In “A Working Man’s Apocrypha” (University of Oklahoma Press, 2007), William Luvaas explores what happens when ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances. The 14 haunting story lines test everyday characters and leave them struggling to grasp the contemporary challenges of economic inequality, religious fanaticism and corporate greed. “Apocrypha” marks the third major publication for Luvaas, a 1994 graduate of the MFA program in creative writing, who taught creative writing and literature at SDSU for 10 years. His, “The Firewood Wars” was co-winner of Fiction Network’s second national fiction competition. Several of the stories in this new collection have earned him major recognition, including the title one, for which he received a National Endowment for the Arts Literary Fellowship grant. The highly competitive grant is awarded every other year to 50 prose writers in the nation.
“From the Barrio to Washington: An Educator’s Journey”
by Armando Rodriguez
As a young Mexican immigrant who spoke no English, Armando Rodriguez never really fit in at school. But the man nicknamed “Shadow” by classmates for the dark color of his skin eventually found acceptance in his adopted home. After earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from SDSU, Rodriguez turned his greatest difference into his greatest asset. He consummated a commitment to social reform and equality during a long career in politics and civil rights, becoming the first Hispanic to serve in several high-level government positions. “From the Barrio to Washing-ton: An Educator’s Journey” (University of New Mexico Press, 2007) follows Rodriguez’s passage from the playground to the White House, where he served during four administrations. In 1979, SDSU recognized his achievements with a Monty Award.