Derek J. Delgado was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, a city along the U.S.-Mexico border, where the rich influences of both cultures inspired an interest in identity studies. He is the author of several works of short fiction, including “Sweat Pea” (The Thing Itself, 2008) and was a finalist for the Artist Foundation of San Antonio for Literature (2011). His academic research includes work interrogating identity through the sport of boxing in American literature and journalism.
Delgado received his B.A. from St. Mary’s University, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is currently completing his Ph.D. at the University of Texas San Antonio. He lives in San Antonio with his twin sons and teaches courses in Rhetoric and Composition, Literature and Food, and Literature and Medicine.
Delgado presented his non-fiction essay, “Fire Watchers” for Gemini Ink’s Con el Córazon en la Mano: Writers Respond to Art in SAMA’s Latin American Collection. In 2011, he was named a finalist for the Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers.