Photography. Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Vatos is a tribute to Chicano men — to Latino men, to all men everywhere — created out of love by two of their kind. When you look at these pictures and read these words you are seeing us in our roles as sons, fathers, brothers, and lovers. You are seeing us at our most vulnerable and at our toughest. You are seeing us adorn our bodies, you are seeing us hang with our compas, you are seeing us suffering and learning, and you are seeing us embrace our mothers and our wives and our children and our lives. When you hold this book, you are acknowledging us.

Book club members have been some of my most enthusiastic and careful readers. I’m thrilled to share my work with you, answer your questions and tell you some of the stories behind the stories. This is our spot, just for us. Here, we can chat:  If I’m nearby, I’ll come and visit your club. Otherwise, we can Skype, talk over the phone or email. Sometimes, I’ll send surprises or hold contests.

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