Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Remember El Alma

The following message is from Dr. McIntyre
Remember El Alma:
The Untold Women’s Stories of the Alamo,
Reclaiming Its Soul

Reading/Platica: Saturday, March 14, 3-5 pm
Poetry Reading: Saturday, April 4, 2-4 pm

Dear Friends of Bihl Haus Arts,

The women didn’t fight at the Alamo, but they are the true heroines of that battle. They had to survive without husbands, fathers, sons, brothers, and lovers. What happened to them? How do women survive war? What side were they on? Did the (white/brown/black) women enjoy the benefits of the “freedom” the men fought and died for? “I think it’s time for women to turn the Alamo into a monument to peace, a wailing wall, if we are serious about ending war,” says writer Barbara Renaud Gonzalez.

Please join us on Saturday, March 14, 3-5 pm when former journalist and author Denise McVea, Making Myth of Emily: Emily West de Zavala and the Yellow Rose of Texas Legend, and journalist/writer Barbara Renaud Gonzalez, author of Golondrina, why did you leave me?, the first Chicana novel to be published by UT Press/Chicana Matters series, join forces to read and talk about their books and their exploration into the soul of the Alamo, an examination and reclaiming that women must do for the future generations of Texas. There will be a Q&A after the Reading/Platica. For more on women, the Alamo, and war, please go to Barbara's daily blog http://barbararenaud.blogspot.com/

This program, the fourth in a series of annual reconsiderations of the Alamo by artists, authors, poets, performers, and scholars organized by Bihl Haus Arts, is an official Luminaria event.
In a related Poetry Month event, Austin poet and playwright Celeste Guzman Mendoza will read from her recent poetry about women, their lives, and their work, at Bihl Haus Arts on Saturday, April 4, 2-4 pm.

We hope you'll join us for these very special literary events.

P.S. As always, please feel free to print and post the attached invitation in conspicuous places, and to forward this email to anyone who might be interested. This event is funded in part by the San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs. Bihl Haus Arts is supported by the Potashnik Family Foundation, Primrose at Monticello Park Senior Apartments, and individual donors. To become a donor, please contact Kellen, 210-732-3502, or kellen@bihlhausarts.org.

Kellen Kee McIntyre, PhD
Executive Director
Bihl Haus Arts
P.O. Box 100806
2803 Fredericksburg Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78201
(210) 383-9723 (cell)
(210) 732-3502 (off)