Rafael Zepeda (ENGL) Publishes His Book “Desperados”

February 20, 2013

Rafael Zepeda recently published his book Desperados (World Parade Books, 2013).

Beef Torrey, Co-Editor of Jim Harrison: A Comprehensive Bibliography and Conversations With Hunter S. Thompson, had the following to say about Zepeda’s Desperados:

[It’s] an enchanting and captivating cachet, cut from Zepeda’s own Iberian legacy. It presents the reader with a zany romp through the hinterlands of the Baja Peninsula of Mexico and beyond. The story chronicles the son’s quest for his nomadic, manic, half-crazed father–as the 21st Century resurrection of the legendary bandito Joaquin Murrieta, who was Mexico’s Jesse James. Encountering a colorful array of characters along the way, “Desperados” is an arresting rendering of their adventures and escapades–a historical travelogue of conquest and surrender.   

Zepeda is a Professor of English at California State University, Long Beach. His previous books include Horse Medicine & Other StoriesToa Driver and Selected PoemsThe Wichita PoemsThe Yellow Ford of Texas, and The Durango Poems. His poems and stories have appeared in many anthologies and magazines. He has received a National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship in Fiction, a California Artists’ Fellowship, and a Poets, Essayists and Novelists Syndicated Fiction Award.