Dagoberto Gilb is an author and professor at Southwest Texas State University. He was schooled at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he received his M. A. He contributes to Fresh Air, a National Public Radio program. Gilb was the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship. He was awarded the 1994 Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award for the short story collection, The Magic Blood. Gilb's novel, The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acuna, was named a Notable Book in the New York Times.