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APS Community Reading Program

The Academic Planning Seminar (APS) Community Reading Program is designed to support your transition to Brockport and the broader community. It will introduce you to college level learning and challenge you to consider new perspectives and world views. Investing your time and energy in this program will help you establish a strong foundation for a successful future in the classroom and in the Brockport community.

Summer 2019 Selection

The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantú

The Line Becomes A River book cover

About the Book & Author

Raised in the Southwest, and a student of US/Mexico relations, Francisco Cantú wanted to see the realities of the border up-close. He enlisted as a US border patrol agent in 2008 and spent the next four years working in the deserts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. During blistering days and frigid nights, he and his partners apprehended migrants who were risking their lives to cross to a new country.

Haunted by his interactions with border-crossers and rattled by an inescapable proximity to violence, Cantú decided to return to civilian life, only to discover that the border had followed him home. When an immigrant friend traveled back to Mexico to visit his dying mother and didn't return, Cantú found himself moved to uncover the entire story. His searing memoir, The Line Becomes a River depicts the cruelties the border creates, for Americans and Mexicans on both sides of the line.

Cantú speaks frankly, compassionately, and knowledgeably about the terror and tragedy of the migrants who risk and lose their lives attempting to cross the border. A master story-teller, he gives human faces to the nameless multitudes, and refutes the incendiary policy and rhetoric aimed at them.

Cantú is a former Fulbright fellow and recipient of a Pushcart Prize and 2017 Whiting Award. His writing and translations have appeared in Best American Essays, Harpers, n+1, Orion, and Guernica. His work has also been featured on This American Life. He currently lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Francisco Cantú image

(Source: Penguin Random House)

Essay & Art Contest

The APS Community Reading Program is sponsoring an essay and art contest for the 2019 first-year class. All first year students are eligible to submit essays and artwork. Members of the Community Reading Program Committee will review all submissions. The winner of each contest will receive a $100 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble bookstore. The winner and a guest will be invited to a reception with the author on October 17, 2019 at 5pm. Contest descriptions can be found below.

Essay Contest

Art Contest

Last Updated 9/12/19

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