Gregg Barrios

Gregg Barrios is a San Antonio playwright, poet and journalist. He is a 2013 USC Annenberg Getty Fellow, and serves on the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle. His play, I-DJ, premieres at the 2014 NYC Frigid Fringe Festival.

By Gregg Barrios:

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Risqué Business

The complicated life of Texas' most famous stripper.

How times have changed. These days, the term burlesque conjures the safest kind of sexiness, a retro-flirty striptease that’s tame enough for hipster bars, dates and even a family-friendly Hollywood blockbuster staring Christina Aguilera as a small-town girl who makes … Read More

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Birthmark

cloudy moon rises over white silver sands El Chuco hills smooth concrete loom like dunes awaiting some pachuco’s arrival to mark in ancient script name, neighborhood, street magic marker popul-voh a faded clue left to say a 100 years from … Read More

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Afterword

Confessions of a Counterculture Past

Growing up in the south Texas town of Victoria in the 1950s, my future seemed bleaker than that of the teenagers in The Last Picture Show or the nameless young Mexican narrator in John Rechy’s City of Night. But the … Read More

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The Hummingbird’s Great-Great Nephew

If there is such a thing as reincarnation, Luis Alberto Urrea predicts, he will be back as Emiliano Zapata. In this lifetime, Urrea was born in Tijuana—”Jewel of the Border, The Great Walled City of the Barbarian Chichimeca Empire”—in 1955. … Read More

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The Kindness of Strangers

After the success of The Glass Menagerie, Thomas Lanier Williams, later known as Tennessee, spent time in Mexico in late 1945. “I feel I was born in Mexico in another life,” he wrote in a letter from Mexico City. Over … Read More

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