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Dagoberto Gilb spent 16 years making his living as a construction workerbefore winning wide acclaim for his first story collection," The Magic of Blood" (1994), for which he received the PEN/Hemingway Award and was a PEN/Faulkner finalist. He is also author of "The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acuña" (1995), a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and his latest publication is the collection of short fiction "Woodcuts of Women" (Grove, 2001). Gilb was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Whiting Writers' Award. He lives in Austin, Texas.