Chacón in a Nutshell

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“I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself king of infinite space.”


I am the author of five books of fiction and editor of the posthumous works of José Antonio Burciaga and Andrés Montoya.

I am currently the department chair for Creative Writing at the University of Texas, El Paso.

I give readings and lectures that I hope motivate people to create, and I enjoy good food, good wine, and good company.

I travel a lot, not only to other cities and countries, but in the imagination.

Sometimes I’m so rooted in my imagination that I later on I forget if things really happened or if I imagined them to happen. For example, onetime I imagined an older version of myself standing across the living room from me. He looked good, well-dressed, and about 65 years old.  I asked him for advice, about a problem that was obsessing me.

Suddenly we heard a screech and turned around. Bacon was playing with a tennis ball, rolling it across the wood floors.

The older version of me said, “That’s how you treat your problems. Like that cat plays with a toy.”

I thought a lot about that idea, and later on, I found it to be effective in problem solving, treating the problem as a game, a toy, something to have fun with. Roll your problems across the floor like a cat rolls a ball.

I give my older self credit for this idea, and sometimes I forget that it was only my imagination that saw him.

But other times I understand that the entire concept of “real” is subjective, so maybe it did “really” happen.