The Austin Statesman reports:
Antonio Ruiz-Camacho received the top prize — the $6,000 Jesse H. Jones fiction award — at the Texas Institute of Letters literary competition Saturday night for his short story collection, “Barefoot Dogs.”
The debut collection takes a look at recent immigrants who have fled Ruiz-Camacho’s native land of Mexico because of drug violence. And while he deals with some of the lower-class immigrants who are seeking a better economic life, he focuses primarily on wealthy Mexicans who have fled, many of whom he considers to be “basically war refugees.”
The award was presented by Andres Tijerina, president of the Texas Institute of Letters, at the organization’s 80th annual meeting, held this year in Austin.
Ruiz-Camacho received his MFA from UT-Austin’s New Writers Project. Read the full story on The Austin Statesman‘s website, and check out Antonio Ruiz-Camacho’s webpage for more info on “Barefoot Dogs”!