About David Rice
An Interview with David Rice
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David Rice splits his time between writing short stories about growing up
and living in the Rio Grande Valley, mentoring and teaching students at
Edcouch- Elsa High School under the administration of the Llano Grande
Center for Research and Development, and developing local arts organizations
(NuShank Theater Collective and Cine Las Americas Media Arts Center) through
His latest collection of short stories, Crazy Loco, was published in April
2001. Crazy Loco received the American Library Association "Best Books for
Young Readers" Award in 2001.
David Rice was born in Weslaco, Texas, in 1964, and lived in Edcouch, Texas,
for much of his youth. Most of his stories are set in the Rio Grande
Valley, a region to which he feels much loyalty. David, who is
Mexican-American, inherited his surname from his adoptive grandfather.
Although his grandfather was a poet, and David always wanted to be a writer,
he at first studied business and worked as an investigative journalist for
his college newspaper. At 27, he was determined to become a creative writer
and wrote the stories in "Give the Pig a Chance" over the next three years
while holding down an assortment of odd jobs. He cites his influences as
Raymond Carver, whose blue-collar ethos he admires, and Rolando Hinojosa, a
fellow Mexican-American author from the Rio Grande Valley.
Rice's writing has drawn praise from Hinojosa, and his work has been
anthologized in New World: Young Latino Writers, edited by Ilan Stavans,
published by Bantam Doubleday Dell (1996); Twelve Shots: Outstanding Short
Stories about Guns, edited by Harry Mazer and published by Delacorte (1997);
and Working Days: Short Stories About Teenagers at Work, edited by Anne
Mazer and published by Persea (1997). Among others.
David is a graduate of Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos and
divides his time between Austin and the Rio Grande Valley. He periodically
travels around the country, lecturing and conducting creative writing
workshops. His short stories are required in several high school English
courses and at least one secondary institution nationally. Among his
current projects are young adult novels and screenplays.
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