Monday, March 30, 2009

This Week in Poetry

Thanks to P.C. McKinnon for putting this together:

· 4:00 PM: OLLU / Blue Room
LIT: The Fire Inside Us Literary Festival (thru Sun., April 5) / The Thing Itself (literary journal publication party)
Poetry Wall (on the first floor, submissions will be accepted
beginning in March), Through April 30
· NOON: OLLU /Blue Room
“Favorite Poem Project” (OPEN MIC reading of favorite poems)
· 6:30 PM: SAN ANTONIO MUSEUM OF ART / Cowden Gallery & Auditorium
Gemini Ink’s Dramatic Readers Theater: “Writers Respond to Art”
Jenny Browne, Cary Clack, and Vincent Toro in response to artworks by Vincent Valdez and John Hernandez.

Email, fax, text, mail or hand copies of poems – poems you like poems you find important or beautiful or necessary, poems you’ve written, poems that people should read TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW! (friends, fellow workers, neighbors, relatives, poets, teachers, students, your newspaper delivery person – everyone!)
All we ask is that at the bottom of the page of every poem you get out
please include the following: “APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH: in San Antonio over 60 events, the month-long. For a complete calendar: PASS IT ON!”
· 3:00 PM: OLLU / Group Library Community Room
LIT: “Rekindling Our Spirit” presented by the OLLU Mujeres Writing
Teen Mad-Libs Poetry Palooza
· 7:00 PM: OLLU / Thiry Auditorium
LIT: Janet Burroway reading
· 6:30 PM: BARNES & NOBLE – INGRAM / 6065 NW Loop 410) (same side as Ingram Park Mall)
OPEN MIKE and Scobee Middle School Poetry Contest winners

· 4:00 PM : OLLU / Library Community Room
LIT: Janet Burroway lecture on Metaphor & Symbol
· 6:30 PM: GEMINI INK / IGO LIBRARY–13330 Kyle Seale Parkway Readers: Catherine Bowman, Laurie Guerrero, Cyra Dumitru, and
Jenny Browne
· 5:30 PM: MC NAY Art Museum
TRC Sharing Session “Ekphrasis: Writing About Art”
A workshop with poet Mobi Warren (from Gemini Ink’s Writers in Communities Program) and exhibit from AT&T Collection.
· 8:00 PM: OLLU / 24th Street Theatre
LIT: Sam Shepard’s FOOL FOR LOVE by 24th Street Players
Thurs – Sat. April 2-4 @ 8:00 PM and Sun. April 5 @ 2:00 PM

· 9:45-1045 AM: OLLU / International Folk Culture Center
LIT: “The Line in the Sand” presented by Jose Ruben DeLeon
play about Mexican immigrants crossing the border part of Catholic Relief Services’ drama project
· 1:00-2:00 PM: OLLU / Thiry Auditorium
Reading : An Afternoon with Stephanie Elizondo Griest
Celebration of the 25th anniversary of the publication of Sandra Cisneros’ “House on Mango Street ”
Activities for families, artworks, and a reading by Sandra Cisneros

student program
“Awaken the Sleeping Poet,” Laurel Crown Foundation, adult program
· 2:00 PM” BIHL HAUS ARTS / 2803 Fredericksburg Rd.
Reading : Celeste Guzman Mendoza, featured poet
· 2:00 PM: OLLU / Thiry Auditorium
LIT: Sandra Cisneros’ “House on Mango Street ” (theatrical adaptation by Amy Ludwig)
· 3:00 PM: DOS GATOS PRESS / Huston-Tillotson University / 900 Chicon / King-Seabrook Chapel / AUSTIN
Book People: Reading from “Big Land, Big Sky, Big Hair”
· 7:30 PM: AUSTIN : Reading by Carolyn Forche – her poetry of witness accompanied by Alex Coke (saxophone/flute) and Shawn Sanders (cello) $35 in advance / $40 at the door / $15 students with ID
go to

Haiku Hike: a three mile hike with quiet immersion in nature and
stops to write, with Poet Mobi Warren
· 2:00 – 5:00 PM: SEW-DELUXE / 1132 South Hackberry #1
Spontaneous Household Haiku (

Friday, March 27, 2009

Bill Santiago--Saturday

Bill Santiago has a book signing at Barnes & Noble San Pedro Crossing at 2 p.m., this Saturday. Santiago, a comedian, is the author of “Pardon My Spanglish ¡Porque Because! — One Man’s Guide to Speaking the Habla” (Quirk Books, $14.95).

I will be transporting Bill to the Barnes and Noble event and hope to see our Society members there!
FROM HIS BIO: Bill Santiago is the first born of at least four children, becoming a standup after narrowly escaping a career in journalism, facing the fact that as a comedian he was funny, but as a reporter he was a joke.
With the premiere of his first television special, “Comedy Central Presents: Bill Santiago,” he won over fans nationwide with his dead-on observations about Spanglish – “twice the vocabulary and half the grammar!” and his beloved catchphrase “¡Porque Because!”
He has also appeared on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend,” “Que Locos,” “American Latino,” and is scheduled to appear on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” this fall. Last year, he hosted the Latin Grammy Person of the Year Award ceremony, honoring Juan Luis Guerra (the tallest Dominican he’s ever met), at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Centro Aztlan

Here's a photo of some of members at Centro Aztlan

Anthology seeks published crime works

The following email is sent from Sarah Cortez, a Houston author who gave a presentation to the Society several months ago.

An anthology she edited, which includes a story by our own Berta Johnson, will be released in the next couple of weeks.

Here's her request:

I have received a request from another editor who is doing a volume of classic crime short stories set in Los Angeles for an excellent publisher. If you have such a story, OR know of another Hispanic/Latino author who has such a story, please let me know. The story might have been published years ago -- that's fine also. This anthology is featuring stories from the past.

Here are the constraints:
* story must be previously published
* story must involve a serious crime and have a noir feel
* story should be less than 7,000 words
* story should have a strong sense of place, i.e. Los Angeles
I appreciate your help!
Sarah Cortez
-- Sarah Cortez
Writer and Editor
Editor of award-winning
"Windows into My World: Latino Youth Write Their Lives" (Arte Publico Press, 2007)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Barnes and Noble--La Cantera

The following message is from Caren Creech, the Community Relations Manager for the new Barnes and Noble opening at La Cantera, to Lupe Gonzalez, with an invitation to our members:

Hi Lupe:

Would there be a way for you to let the Society of Latino & Hispanic Writers know about our Preview Party next week? We are trying to get the word out to everyone...

It's Tuesday, March 31st, from 6 pm to 9 pm at the new Barnes & Noble, at the Shops at La Cantera. A percentage of proceeds from the evening's sales will go to the Friends of the Northside ISD libraries. We will feature music by students from Leon Springs Elementary and Rawlinson Middle School.

Everyone is welcome to come & see our new store!
Thank you,
Caren Creech Berlanga
Community Relations Manager
15900 La Cantera Pkwy, Ste. 3340
San Antonio, TX 78256
tel: (210) 558-3903
fax: (210) 641-1613

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Stephanie Elizondo Griest at PAC


In Celebration of Women’s History Month
Palo Alto College presents…

Stephanie Elizondo Griest
Critically acclaimed Author,
"Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines"
Wednesday, March 25
11 a.m.
Student Center Annex
Free Refreshments will be provided!
This event is free and open to the public

From her website: Growing up in a half-white, half-brown town and family in South Texas, Stephanie Elizondo Griest struggled with her cultural identity. Upon turning thirty, she ventured to her mother's native Mexico to do a little root-searching and improve her "Tarzan Lite" Spanish... MEXICAN ENOUGH chronicles her journey from the narco-infested border town of Nuevo Laredo to the highlands of Chiapas. She investigates the murder of a prominent gay activist, sneaks into prison to meet with resistance fighters, rallies with rebels in Oaxaca, and interviews scores of migrant workers and the families they were forced to leave behind. Travel companions include a Polish thief, a Border Patrol agent, and a Dominatrix...MEXICAN ENOUGH illuminates how we cast off our identity in our youth, only to strive to find it again as adults--and the lessons to be learned along the way.


100 Places Every Woman Should Go

Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines


Saturday, March 21, 2009

Congratulations, Bertha Jacobson

HIT LIST: The Best of Latino Mystery
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Arte Publico Pr (March 31, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1558855432
ISBN-13: 978-1558855434

Congratulations to Society member Bertha Jacobson! A story she wrote, A Broken String of Lace, will appear in an anthology of Latino Mystery stories!!

From Arte Publico:

This first-ever collection of short mystery fiction by Latino authors features an intriguing and unpredictable cast of sleuths, murderers and crime victims. Reflecting the authors’—and society’s—preoccupation with identity, self, and territory, the stories run the gamut of the mystery genre, from traditional to noir, from the private investigator to the police procedural, and even a “chick lit” mystery.

Edited by Sarah Cortez, Hit List collects for the first time short fiction by many of the Latino authors who have been pioneers in the mystery genre, using it to showcase their unique cultures, neighborhoods and realities. Other contributors include award-winning writers such as Carolina García-Aguilera, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Rolando Hinojosa, and Manuel Ramos, as well as emerging writers who deserve more recognition.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Cinco Minutos with You

We still have a couple of spots left if anyone is interested at reading at "Cinco Minutos with You." The meeting will be on Monday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Barnes and Noble, San Pedro Crossing.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Gemini Ink Calendar


Registration for spring classes at Gemini Ink is ongoing during February through April. Visit for more information.

2 to Watch
Gemini Ink and Artpace again present a pairing of the verbal and visual arts. Join us for an evening of word and image as San Antonio writer Jo Ann Hernandez and visual artist Adam Borks present their work and draw the audience in for a critical discussion and examination of intersections between the two disciplines.
DATE: Thursday, March 26; 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
WHERE: Artpace, 445 N. Main Ave. San Antonio, TX 78205
COST: Free and open to the public
CONTACT: (210) 734-9673,,

Spice Cabinets & Shoeboxes
In this intensive one-day workshop we will explore our poetic repositories, the cabinets of our own particular musings and voicings and the ways in which we experience and inhabit our poems. This will be a class on generating new poems. We will read and discuss poems that I bring to class. We will work on a series of in-class exercises throughout the day as we explore our own particular poetics and musics of reverie, desire, prayer, and dreaming.
Instructor: Catherine Bowman
Date: Saturday, Apr. 4; 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (break included)
Registration Deadline: Friday, Mar. 27
Where: Gemini Ink, 513 S. Presa, San Antonio, TX 78205
Cost: $90 (an additional $10 registration fee is due upon registration)
CONTACT: (210) 734-9673,,

What Makes a Column?The ideas for columns are everywhere. The key is figuring out how to find them and flesh them out. In this three-session class, we will do just that. We will address how to craft your idea into a column, how to find your own voice, and how to strike the right tone for your audience, avoiding the predictability that will make your readers stop reading. Finally, we will address who your audience is so that you can craft your material to their wants and needs. In addition, we will include a brief overview of the history of the column/essay and how it has evolved over time.Instructor: Cary Clack
Date: 3 Wednesdays: Apr. 1, 8, 15; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Registration Deadline: Friday, Mar. 27Required Submission: Please bring 1 – 2 samples of your own columns to first classWhere: Gemini Ink, 513 S. Presa, San Antonio, TX 78205
Cost: $81 (an additional $10 registration fee is due upon registration)
CONTACT: (210) 734-9673,,

Storytelling for Nonfiction Writers
Why are stories so powerful? Whether it's personal essays, travel writing, or magazine pieces, the most compelling nonfiction writing tells a story. The same techniques that make fiction writing soar - strong characters, fresh dialogue, a gripping plot - can also make nonfiction writing transcendent. But how do you find meaning and craft narratives from the jumble of "real" life? Borrowing from her experiences with immersion journalism, writer Cecilia Ballí will review the basic elements of story and share ideas for gathering the stories around you. The class will include substantial reading assignments and an optional critique of manuscripts.
Instructor: Cecilia Ballí
Date: Saturday, Apr. 4; 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (break included)
Registration Deadline: Friday, Mar. 27
Where: Gemini Ink, 513 S. Presa, San Antonio, TX 78205
Cost: $90 (an additional $10 registration fee is due upon registration)
CONTACT: (210) 734-9673,,

What the Heck’s Wrong with This and How Can I Fix It?:
E-mail Consultations with C.W. Smith
This one-on-one consultation experience offers an opportunity to rethink and/or revise rough drafts of troublesome or already revised versions of literary short stories by the serious student. (No genre fiction.) C.W. Smith will critique a draft of your story and the revision via email and will meet with you during a personal appointment at the end of the semester to discuss your work.
Instructor: C.W. Smith
Date: Consultations to be arranged on an individual basis; 30-minute personal appointments will be scheduled for Saturday, May 2.
Registration Deadline: Accepting manuscripts from Jan. 5 – Mar. 31
Required Submission: Electronic submission only of up to 10 double-spaced manuscript pages of fiction.
Where: Gemini Ink, 513 S. Presa, San Antonio, TX 78205
Cost: $108 (an additional $10 registration fee is due upon registration)
CONTACT: (210) 734-9673,,

Open Writing Workshop
Join this peer-driven workshop facilitated by longtime Gemini Ink student and volunteer Jim Dawes. Share your writing and get feedback on works-in-progress in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. The workshop is held from 6:30 p.m – 8:30 p.m., on the last Monday of every month at Gemini Ink.
DATE: March 30; 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
WHERE: Gemini Ink, 513 S. Presa, San Antonio, TX 78205
COST: Free and open to all writers
CONTACT: (210) 734-9673,,

Dramatic Readers Theater: Writers Respond to Art
Gemini Ink will present readings of original works by poet Jenny Browne, creative non-fiction writer Cary Clack, and playwright Vincent Toro. Each reading will be a unique response to artworks found in Vincent Valdez’s: El Chavez Ravine and John Hernandez’s: Zoe’s Room, two special exhibitions on display at the San Antonio Museum of Art from March 14 to August 2. The program will begin with a viewing of the special exhibitions in the Cowden Gallery, followed by readings in the Museum’s Auditorium.
DATE: Tuesday, March 31; 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 West Jones Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78215
COST: Free and open to the public
CONTACT: (210) 734-9673,,

First Thursday Reading: April is National Poetry Month, and to kick off the festivities, Gemini Ink is hosting a free public reading at Igo Library. Join us as we listen to the works of local poets Jenny Browne, Cyra Dumitru, Carmen Tafolla, and Indiana University’s Ruth Lily Professor of Poetry, Catherine Bowman.
DATE: Thursday, April 2; 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Igo Library, 13330 Kyle Seale Pkwy., San Antonio, TX 78249
COST: Free and open to the public
CONTACT: (210) 734-9673,,

Jennifer Herrera
Communications Associate, Gemini Ink
513 S. Presa
San Antonio, Texas 78205
210.734.9673 p
210.737.0688 f

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

SARA 2009 Merritt Conference

From the San Antonio Romance Authors:

SARA 2009 Merritt Conference: May 2, 2009

San Antonio Romance Authors is delighted to announce their 2009 Merritt Conference.

New York Times #1 best-selling Author Victoria Alexander will deliver our keynote address. Peter Senftleben of Kensington Publishing will attend as our 2009 Merritt guest publisher editor, and Vivian Chum of the Prospect Agency will join us as our Merritt 2009 guest publisher agent. The 2009 Merritt Conference will take place Saturday, May 2nd from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., with an author signing and book fair from 4-5, at the Hilton San Antonio Airport, 611 NW Loop 410.

Conference fees are: SARA Members-$70. Early registration for Nonmembers-$80. General registration after April 1st-$90. Conference registration includes lunch. For more details about the conference, registration, or making editor/agent appointments please visit

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Juanita Ulloa--In Concert

In Celebration of
Women’s History Month
Palo Alto College presents…

Juanita Ulloa—In Concert!
“La Mujer en la Musica Latina—
Women in Latin American Music”

Thursday, March 19
11:30 a.m.
Student Center Annex
Free Refreshments will be provided!
This event is free and open to the public

Nationally touring and recording artist Juanita Ulloa, who has been called the “High Priestess of Operachi” will be accompanied by Guitarist Galo Gutierrez and Ocean Breeze. The concert will honor Mexican and Latin American female composers and singers from the 1930s to the present!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Voices de la Luna

From the Editors of Voices de la Luna:

Dear Literary Enthusiasts,

Thanks to the strong 27-member Editorial Committee of Voices de la Luna, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit literary organization, shored up by hard-working staff, a supportive Board of Directors, and the generous sponsors, we are proud to present to you the advanced digital version of:

Voices de la Luna
A Quarterly Poetry and Arts Magazine
15 March 2009 edition
Volume I, Number 3

The Web Address:
Please Donate...We Need Your Help

Please enjoy reading all 29 pages including Questions for Bob Flynn, poems by award winning authors, seeing Kelley’s invaluable family art collection, and watching video clips of Billy Collins, Palmer Hall, Marian Haddad, and Josie Mixon in this unique Poetry and Arts Magazine, originating in San Antonio.

We welcome your comments and suggestions.

The Editors:
James Brandenburg
Mo H. Saidi

Friday, March 13, 2009

Luminaria 2009

Please come and see the performance of some of our members during Luminaria 2009, Saturday, March 14 at 8 p.m. in the Convention Center Exhibit Hall A. The performance only last 20 minutes--don't miss it! V.B.

--From Gabby:

I just want to let you know that on Luminaria 2009,Saturday 14, our group "Mandrágora" will be reading at the Convention Center exhibition hall A from 8 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.

The order of readings would be as follows:Martha curcio, Dr.Santiago Daydi-Tolson,Maria Gabriela Madrid, and Daniel Weinfeld.

It would be great if you could come and support us in this event. Please click on the link so you could check the schedule, other events, free parking, etc.

Come and celebrate!
All the best,
See you soon,

Hola todos:No sé si estarán enterados, pero el 14 de Marzo,el festival de las artes(Luminaria 2009) transformará San Antonio con la participación de más de 1,000 artistas y diversas fundaciones. Estas estarán entreteniendo en diversas disciplinas (Música,Literatura,Teatro,etc).Ese día San Antonio vibrará a partir de las seis de la tarde hasta pasada la media noche.Si se quieren animar, hagan doble click en que tengan las distintas disciplinas, horarios,estacionamiento gratis,etc.Nuestro grupo "Mandrágora" estará leyendo desde las 8:00 a 8:20 en el Convention Center Exhibition Hall A en el siguiente orden : Martha Curcio,Dr.Santiago Daydi-Tolson,Maria Gabriela Madrid y Daniel Weinfeld.Sería chévere que nos apoyáran!Por cierto que la entrada a los eventos es GRATIS!Anímense y asistan a la celebración de las artes,Muchos saludos a todos,Espero verlos,Gaby

Thursday, March 12, 2009

From (bold italics are mine)


We're writing with three pieces of news for you.

One: A reminder to please read and vote for your favorite excerpt for our Books Excerpt Contest. We've received many votes and have a couple leads, but we are still looking to receive many more votes. Also, our authors, whether the winner or not, would love to receive any positive or constructive feedback you might have, so please the "comments section." We have prizes waiting for our winner(s) so please cast your votes by the end of March.

Two: A Call for Poet Readers at the Second Annual Luminaria Festival in San Antonio!!! Writers Block is again hosting a poetry stage at Luminaria this Saturday, March 14th, on the corner of Broadway and Houston Street. Every poet/writer is invited to come out and read anytime from 6pm to midnight. In attendance will be musicians from the Jazz Poets Society to accompany readers, if they so wish. Join some of San Antonio's finest poets and musicians on the streets of San Anto!

Three: To celebrate National Poetry Month, Writers Block is hosting "Lenguas Libres: Every Generation Claims Its Voice" at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio on April 11th. Some of San Antonio's fine poets will read, and each seasoned poet will sponsor a new voice to the art of poetry. More details to come.

Invasive Thoughts Staff

Brooke Palmer
Content Editor

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Juanita Ulloa: CD Release Concert

Join the nation's leading bilingual singer-songwriter, JUANITA ULLOA, appearing with Juan Ortiz, Director of the Texas top Mariachi Campanas de America, Palo Alto College mariachi instructor, and CD arranger in a CD release concert of CANTA MI SON! (Sing my song!) on Sunday, March 29 at 1:30 p.m. at Bethany Congregational Church, 500 Pilgrim Street in San Antonio. The children who recorded on the CD will perform as well.

Tickets are by donation.

Juanita celebrates her fifth CD of the prize winning bilingual series for kids entitled CANTA CONMIGO (Sing with me) to help encourage bilingualism in children. The new CD has already won a Disney iParenting Media Award. The new Cd is the world's first ever mariachi CD for kids.

Ulloa is a Professor of Music at Texas State Unviersity and Northwest Vista College (One of the Alamo Community Colleges) and also has CDs honoring the contributions of women to Mariachi & Mexican music.,

John Lopez, also Professor of Music at Texas State is the producer of the CD.

When: Sunday, March 29, 2009
Where: Bethany Congregational Church, 500 Pilgrim street, San Antonio, Texas
(off Vance Jackson near Loop 410)
Who: Juanita Ulloa with Campanas de America & Kids who recorded on CD
What: CD Release Concert Celebration
Information: Call (510) 499-2222,,

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

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 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)

Extras Needed

King of the Vampire Drags
Shoot Dates: Sundays, March 22 and 29
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Compensation: Food and end credits
To sign-up or for more information:

Mary de los Santos Harder
Executive Producer/Director
Glorybridge Productions

Monday, March 09, 2009

Monday's Meeting

Just a reminder that tonight's meeting of the Society of Latino and Hispanic Writers of San Antonio guest author will be retired Army Major General and current interim CEO of the San Antonio Housing Authority, "Freddie" Valenzuela.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

It will be held at the Barnes and Noble, San Pedro Crossing, tonight--Monday, March 9--at 7:30 p.m.

Major General Valenzuela is the author of "No Greater Love: The Lives and Times of Hispanic Soldiers." click on the book title for my review that appeared in September 2008.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Dr. Gonzalez in San Antonio

Thank you to everyone who attended Thursday's special meeting of the Society of Latino and Hispanic Writers of San Antonio where Lupe Gonzalez (third from left) and I (R) welcomed Antonio Farias, Chief Diversity Officer at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (L) and Dr. Jose B. Gonzalez, a professor of English at the Academy who was in San Antonio to receive the 2009 American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award.
A very big and special "THANK YOU" to our anonymous donor who funded Dr. Gonzalez's presentation, room rental at Gemini Ink and purchased delicious food and beverages.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Macondo Workshop

The Macondo Foundation, Inc., is now accepting applications for the Macondo Workshop 2009.

2009 Macondo Workshop Applications

From the Macondo Foundation website: Begun in 1998 by writer Sandra Cisneros and named after the town in Gabriel García Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, the week-long workshop transforms San Antonio, Texas - and more broadly, La Frontera - into a space of intense artistic and cultural creativity. Every summer, the Macondo Workshop meets from the last week in July at the Our Lady of the Lake University campus in San Antonio, Texas.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

A note from Martha Curcio

Hola a todos:

Ayer fue nuestra junta en Barnes & Noble de De Zavala ¡GRACIAS POR SU ASISTENCIA Y PARTICIPACION!

Aquí está la fotografía del recuerdo, gracias Ezra por permitirnos usar tu celular, ja,ja,ja

De izquierda a derecha: Lourdes M. Nuñez, Ma. Gabriela Madrid, Daniel Weinfeld, Bertha Jacobson, Ezra Nahmad, Enrique Carstens, Magda Csihas, Alejandro Rengifo, Lilia Wolniewitz, Martha Curcio y André Csihas.

Le damos las gracias a Ma. Gabriela Madrid por haber sido la facilitadora de este mes ¡ NOS PUSISTE A PENSAR Y A ESCRIBIR!

Y gracias a todos por su participación y energía que le da vida a nuestro grupo.
Hasta pronto,

Escríbelo o se pierde
Martha Curcio
La Sociedad de Escritores Latinos e Hispanos de San Antonio

Monday, March 02, 2009

Free Event

The event below is free and open to the public thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor to the Society of Latino and Hispanic Writers of San Antonio.

SLHW Welcomes Dr. Gonzalez

The Society of Hispanic and Latino Writers is hosting a reception in honor of Dr. Jose B. Gonzalez, Professor of English at the United States Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT. Dr. Gonzalez will be in San Antonio to receive the Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award from the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education at its annual conference. We are fortunate to have Dr. Gonzalez here to read from his poetry collection.

Dr. Gonzalez was born in San Salvador, El Salvador, and immigrated to Connecticut at the age of eight. He has been the recipient of such honors as Connecticut's Higher Education Multicultural Faculty of the Year Award and New England Association Teachers of English Poet of the Year Award. He has published poetry in such journals as Callaloo, The Teacher’s Voice, Palabra, Acentos Review, Calabash and Colere, and anthologies including Coloring Book, Nantucket: A Collection, and Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature, which he also co-edited. His work was most recently included in a special edition of OCHO featuring Latino poets. He is the editor of, a popular resource for the study of Latino literature and Latino studies. In addition, he has contributed critical and nonfiction essays to such journals as New England Quarterly and to National Public Radio and has been a featured speaker at numerous colleges, universities and other organizations throughout the U.S.

Also reciting some of his own poetry will be Antonio Farias, Chief Diversity Officer at the Academy. Mr. Farias has published essays and short fiction in the following periodicals—Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul, Latino Boom, Urban Latino Magazine, and Bilingual Review. He has lectured widely on the history of collaboration among underrepresented populations in the United States, the unsteady rise of the Latino middle class, and the emergence of post-ethnic identities and coalitions.

Please join us on Thursday, March 5, 2009, 6-8:00 p.m., at Gemini Ink, 513 S. Presa, San Antonio, TX, (210) 734-9673