Anthony Barcellos of Davis, Calif., who graduated from Porterville College, is celebrating his inclusion in the “Writers of the Portuguese Diaspora,” a new anthology of Portuguese heritage writing published by Boavista Press.
“It’s exhilarating to find myself part of a collection that includes authors I have been reading for years,” Barcellos said. “Famous writers like Katherine Vaz and Frank X. Gaspar highlight this compilation of stories and poetry by authors of Portuguese descent. I could hardly be more pleased to be in their company.”
Barcellos’ contribution is a short story titled “The Voyage to Brazil.” It is a fictionalized version of a family story about his great-great-grandfather, who is credited with repairing a steamboat when it was stranded in the mid-Atlantic.
“I heard this story multiple times from my grandfather when I was a child, and I was pleased to have the opportunity to fill it out with imagined details and share it with others,” Barcellos said.
Barcellos is a mathematics instructor at American River College in Sacramento. He is also the author of the novel “Land of Milk and Money” (Tagus Press, 2012) and the primer “A Stroll through Calculus: A guide for the merely curious” (Cognella, 2015).
He is an alumnus of UC Davis, Fresno State, Cal Tech and Porterville College. His work experience includes a stint as a science-writing intern at the Albuquerque Journal, legislative work in the office of California State Sen. Albert S. Rodda, and service with the California State Treasurer’s Office during the tenure of Jesse M. Unruh.