B.V. Olguín was born and raised in the working class barrio in the lower east side of Houston, Texas known as Magnolia. He was an undefeated amateur boxer (14-0, 2 KO). He received a B.A. from the University of Houston in 1989, where his maternal grandfather worked as a janitor, and an M.A. (1992) and Ph.D. (1996) from Stanford University. Currently he is an Associate Professor of Literature and Creative Writing in the English Department at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Olguín is a member of the Macondo Writers Workshop founded by Sandra Cisneros and has published in journals such as Borderlands, Callaloo, North American Review, and elsewhere.
Awards for Red Leather Gloves
2015 National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Tejas Foco Award for Poetry
2015 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Poetry Award, Silver Winner
2015 Texas Institute of Letters First Book of Poetry, Second place
Books by B.V. Olguín