Friday, October 30, 2009

Free, Public Macondo Event

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Carolina De Robertis at the Twig

From Macondo Foundation Website:
Carolina De Robertis grew up in an Uruguayan family that immigrated to England, Switzerland, and California. Her first novel, The Invisible Mountain (Knopf, 2009), is available or forthcoming in sixteen countries and twelve languages. Her fiction and literary translations have appeared in The Virginia Quarterly Review, ColorLines, and Zoetrope: Allstory, among others. Her translation of the contemporary Chilean novella Bonsai, by Alejandro Zambra, was named one of the Ten Best Translated Books of 2008 by the journal Three Percent. Prior to completing her first book, she worked in women’s rights organizations for ten years, on issues ranging from rape to immigration. She currently lives in Oakland, California, where she is at work on her second novel, about a young Argentinian woman who discovers an explosive secret linking her origins to the disappearances of the 1970s.
October 30, 2009
The Twig Book Shop
5005 Broadway
San Antonio, TX
5 pm
Reception with wine and refreshments
Author reading, conversation, and book signing

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Conversation With...

From Trinity University Press:

Poetry, Politics, and Peace:
A Conversation with Naomi Shihab Nye and Gerald Stern

Poets Naomi Shihab Nye and Gerald Stern will host a conversation on Saturday, October 31, from 10 a.m. to noon at Trinity University’s Holt Center. The two award-winning artists will make brief introductory comments, then respond to each other’s questions and concerns, as well as those of the audience. They will cover such matters as the changing aesthetics of American poetry, Middle East politics and peace efforts, and gender and ethnic concerns.

The cost for this event is $50 and includes a copy of Gerald Stern’s book of essays, What I Can’t Bear Losing, published by Trinity University Press. Coffee and pastries will be served.

Poetry, Politics, and Peace: A Conversation with Naomi Shihab Nye and Gerald Stern
Saturday, October 31, 2009
10 a.m.–noon
Trinity University
Holt Center
106 Oakmont
San Antonio, TX 78212
$50, includes Gerald Stern’s collection of essays, What I Can’t Bear Losing

To register, call (210) 999-8886 or e-mail

Proceeds will go toward supporting the publishing program of Trinity University Press

Trinity University Press Presents a Reading by Gerald Stern
Mr. Stern will read from What I Can’t Bear Losing, a collection of essays discussing life, love, literature, and justice. Free and open to the public.
Tuesday, November 38 p.m.
Trinity University
The Great Hall

Claudia Guerra
Marketing Manager
Trinity University Press

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Literary El Paso

Join Us @
The Twig Book Shop
shortly before they move to their new location
5005 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209
Tel: 210-826-6411

Marian Haddad hosts
Anthology Editor, Marcia Hatfield Daudistel
and her new baby, LITERARY EL PASO, an anthology.

We will feature two very special guests:
Pat LittleDog
Christine Granados

Please join us
Saturday, November 7
at 4 p.m.
to celebrate LITERARY EL PASO

Monday, October 26, 2009

Awaken the Sleeping Poet

Awaken the Sleeping Poet
Thursday Night, October 29, at 7 p.m.
Featuring: Performance Poet, John Eubanks

John Eubanks is a fan favorite, and returns for an encore presentation of his appearance last year here at the Awaken the Sleeping Poet venue. He delivers a hilarious, original performance set wherein he wears many hats (literally). John is an author and actor who earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Southwest Texas State University and a Master of Arts in Theatre from Stephen F. Austin State University. He was a teacher for thirty-two years, the last seven of which he was a certified trainer for the New Jersey Writing Project in Texas, an acclaimed teacher-training experience (now known as Abydos Learning International). He is the author of the chapbook, Second Stories and has been published in Inkwell Echoes, Patchwork Poems, The International Poets Society Journal and the 1998 ALA award winning anthology, Poetry After Lunch. A member of the San Antonio Poets Association for the last nine years, John has conducted several writing workshops, has been a featured reader at various local poetry venues, and was a featured reader at the 2006 National Federation of State Poetry Societies convention here in San Antonio. He has worked in different capacities in nearly a hundred theatrical productions and acted over fifty roles ranging from Shakespearean parts to melodrama villains. This year he has performed in Angel Street at the Harlequin Dinner Theatre, in As You Like It at Magi Theatre's Shakespeare in the Park, and in The Day They Kidnapped the Pope at the Extended Run Players of Incarnate Word.

Readings will start right at 7:00 p.m., so please be on time or you will miss some excellent poetry. At 8:00 we have open mic; remember, open mic is where anyone from the audience can participate and read their own (or someone else's) poetry.

Where:Northwoods Barnes and Noble (281 & 1604)18030 Hwy 281 North
Take the Henderson Pass Exit.

Bring yourself;
bring a friend;
bring a poem!

See you Thursday night!
Floyd L. Lamrouex

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Gregg Barrios Presents...

Contact: Lorraine Pulido (210) 410-6699

Playwright Gregg Barrios Presents Excerpts from “Rancho Pancho”
Event Part of TeatroFest

WHO: Gregg Barrios, Playwright; Diane Malone, Director; Rick Frederick, Actor; and Annella Keys, Actor

WHAT: Excerpts from “Rancho Pancho” and Book Signing – Part of the Guadalupe’s month-long TeatroFest“Rancho Pancho,” a two-act play, explores the turbulent and passionate relationship between playwright Tennessee Williams and lover Pancho Rodriguez, who inspired the character of Stanley Kowalski in A Street Car Named Desire. “Rancho Pancho” follows their relationship from the summer of 1946 on Nantucket Island with novelist Carson McCullers to the summer of 1947 in Provincetown with director Margo Jones, aspiring actor Marlon Brando and the final break up of Williams and Rodriguez.

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, 7:30 p.m. FREE

WHERE: Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe St.

About Gregg Barrios
Gregg Barrios received a commission from the Ford Foundation Gateway Program to write “Rancho Pancho.” His Dark Horse, Pale Rider, a play about Texas writer Katherine Anne Porter received a CTG-Mark Taper Forum Fellowship. His one-man show I-DJ was awarded a grant from the Sandra Cisneros Macondo Foundation, and its script was published in Ollantay, the Hispanic Theater Quarterly in 2008.

About The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1980 to preserve, promote and develop the arts and culture of the Chicano/Latino/Native American peoples for all ages and backgrounds through public and educational programming in six disciplines: dance, literature, media arts, theater arts, visual arts and music. For more information, visit or call 210-271-3151.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Save the Date for Reyna Grande

Save the Date--Monday, Nov. 9

Reyna Grande

Barnes and Noble, San Pedro Crossing

7:30 p.m.

New Book--Dancing with Butterflies--Just Released!

Reyna Grande is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Across A Hundred Mountains (Atria 2006), for which she received an American Book Award (2007) and El Premio Aztlan Literary Award (2006). Born in Mexico in 1975, Grande was raised by her grandparents after her parents left her behind while they worked in the U.S. She came to the U.S. at the age of nine as an undocumented immigrant and went on to become the first person in her family to obtain a higher education. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing and Film and Video from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Antioch University. She is a sought-after speaker at middle/high schools, colleges and universities across the nation, and teaches creative writing workshops in Los Angeles. She has served as a judge for the Pen/USA Literary Awards and is on the planning committee of the Latino Book & Family Festival.

Free and open to the public

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Poetry Sites

Here's some information that I recently received that I would like to share with you:

Diamante Poems

Students can use Read Write Think’s Diamonte Poem Interactive Tool to create their own poems. A diamonte poem is a poem that is in the shape of a diamond and uses specific types of words on each line. Try making an antonym diamonte poem that shows the differences between opposite words. You can print your poem when you are finished.

Poetry Everywhere Collection

This site provides 10 videos, as well as essays and lessons, to help students explore the power of language and build reading and writing skills. The videos feature seminal voices of poetry, past and present, from Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson to Seamus Heaney, Marie Howe, and Yusef Komunyakaa.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Literary Events

The following literary events occurring this week in San Antonio have been compiled by our friend, Jim Stewart:

Tuesdays (Open Mike and workshop)
Jazz Poet Society, High Wire Art Gallery, 336 West Josephine, Workshop 6:00 pm Open Mike 7:00 pm Host Eduardo Garza

Tuesdays (Open Mike)
Barnes and Noble Loop 410 and San Pedro, Sun Poets Society, Host Rod Stryker 7:00 pm

Tuesdays (Open Mike Slam)
Alamo City Slam, 5307 McCullogh, 7:00 pm Contact Anthony

Tuesdays (2nd Tuesdays of the Month-Open Mike) Gabriel Anthony Garza 7:00 pm
Main Library Downtown San Antonio,

Tuesdays (Open Mike Slam)
On the Half Shell, 202 Navarro 210-843-3054 (You must be 21 + years of age) 10:30 pm contact anthony

Wednesdays (Open Mike-Workshop-Feature)
Barnes and Noble Loop 410 and Ingram (Next to Ingram Park Mall) 6:00 pm Workshop Host Tom E. Open Mike 7:00 pm Open Mike Hosts Josie Mixon and Jim Brandenberg , Features are at 8:00 pm
Thursdays (2nd Thursday of the Month Poetry Workshop)
Barnes and Noble Loop 410 and San Pedro 7:00 pm

Saturdays (2nd Saturday of the Month Open Mike)
Gallista Art Gallery, 1913 South Flores, The Second Saturday Celebration, Art, Music, Poetry and refreshments. Poetry Hosted by Tom E 210-682-7793 or Joe Lopez 210-861-3646 7:00 pm

Saturdays (Open Mike 2nd and 4th Saturday of the Month)
The Blue Room( Inside the Bubble Room) 9315 Broadway 210-313-6175 Host Vocab and Kenton $ 5.00 Cover 8-11:00 pm

Saturday (Poetry Benefit)
G.I.G. ,2803 North St. Mary's Street, Jazz Poet/Puro Slam Poetry to benefit the San Antonio Assisted Living Program, Starts 7:00 pm , More Info 210-452-7371 $ 5.00 Cover Charge

Saturday October 24 (poetry)
Mitchell Lake Audobon Society, San Antonio will be holding a poetry reading "Poets for Climate Action" More Info Contact Mobi Warren 210-496-4942

Friday October 30 (Poetry, Art, Ice Sculpting, Music)
The Gevers Street Studio, 718 South Gevers presents another edition of Friday Night Ice Fights (The Halloween Edition) 7:00 pm Come in Costume if want. Poetry (Open Mike), Ice sculpting (Buddy "Iceman" Rasmussen verses "Mr. Hollywood" from Chicago), Art, music refreshments and good times. You may bring a dish for the Pot Luck or drinks if you would like. There will also be a raffle for some more fine art. More Info contact Hebron Chism 210-371-5661 or Jim Stewart 210-291-4012

Monday, October 19, 2009

Diana Lopez--Confetti Girl Presentation

From fellow member, Diana Lopez:

Just wanted to send an update about my novel CONFETTI GIRL. As many of you know, promotion falls primarily on the author's shoulder nowadays, so I've tried to get as many local gigs as possible. Luckily, San Antonio and its surrounding areas are rich with opportunities. For pics and short narratives about my events, please visit the photo album on my website at

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Mujeres: The Stories of Women

Janie Alonso has just forwarded me the link to a beautiful documentary on the works of Las Mujeres, a women's writer's group under the auspices of the Center for Women at Our Lady of the Lake University.

The documentary is on YouTube and is about 10 minutes in length. It is powerful and inspiring. I am very proud to know many of the women featured in the clip and am grateful for their contributions to the Society of Latino and Hispanic Writers (SLHW).

To view the clip, click on: Mujeres: The Stories of Women

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Silence is Not an Option

Silence Is Not an Option
Saturday, October 17, 2009 1:00PM to 3:00PM
October is domestic violence awareness month.

‘Silence is Not an Option’ is an annual poetry reading promoting awareness of domestic violence. Josie Mixon, survivor of sexual abuse and domestic violence, once again hosts this year’s event. She is an activist and the author of two books "Reflections of My Battered Life" and "Of Flesh and Bone I am Woman Surviving Abuse." She has appeared in person and her work is documented in several publications promoting awareness for all victims and survivors who cannot or will not speak for themselves.

Featured readers at “Silence is Not an Option” are survivors of abuse and express their experience through their written work. Dr. Josephine Mendez Negrete author of "Las Hijas De Juan Daughters Betrayed” and a professor at the University of Texas in San Antonio is the honored guest this year.

Several agencies including the "Rape Crisis Center, The P.E.A.C.E. Initiative and the Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc will be on hand distributing information on the services they provide. -----------------------------------------

This event is sponsored by: Viva Bookstore, the Rape Crisis Center, and Peace Initiative & Family Violence Prevention Services.

What: Silence is Not an Option Poetry Venue

When: Saturday, October 17, 2009 1:00PM to 3:00PM

Where: Viva Bookstore8407 BroadwaySan Antonio, TX 78209

Admission: Free

Contact: 1-800-826-1143


Rhonda King
Anel Flores
Sandra Garcia
Edna Kitchen
Joyce Collins
Cynthia Huddleston
Janie Alonso
Chris Cannon
James Munoz (News Reporter, KENS 5)
Josie Mixon

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A Love for Eternity

From our Vice President, Lupe Gonzalez:
Check me out on Emma Lai's blog on 10/15. I'll be talking about my new short story, A LOVE FOR ETERNITY, and Hispanic Heritage Month.

If you go and make a comment, you can win a pdf file of A LOVE FOR ETERNITY.
Lupe M. Gonzalez
Writing stories by and about Latinas and their lives and loves.
Released Sep 23, 2009 - A Love for Eternity, TWRP, Vintage Miniature Rose
Too Late For Romance? (Debut Book, Jun 2008, The Wild Rose Press)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

SARA Meeting

From the San Antonio Romance Authors:

Join San Antonio Romance Authors Wednesday, October 21, for our monthly meeting featuring Celebrity Makeup Artist and Image Expert, Starley Murray. Starley will speak about, "Techniques & lessons related to image, beauty, and self esteem." Meeting place is Ming Court Restaurant @ The Vineyard, 1205 N Loop 1604 W #230. SARA business meeting starts @ 6:30 p.m., presentation will began @ 7pm. Visit for more details.

Monday, October 12, 2009


The following information is provided by Latinidad®
Please visit the website at

Deadline: November 1
The Hodder Fellowship was created for artists in the early stages of their careers. Preference is given to individuals outside of academia. You need not be a US citizen to apply. For more information, visit http://www.princeto lewis_center/ society_of_ fellows/


Deadline: November 1
A fellowship of $25,000 is given to a fiction writer who has received an MFA or a Ph.D. within the last five years. For more information, visithttp://louisville. edu/english/ creative- writing/axton- fellowships. html


Deadline: November 15
Sowing the Seeds is sponsoring a writing contest for women of all ages living in the Southwest. Winning entries will be selected in poetry, personal essay, and memoir to be published in an anthology. For more information, visit http://sowingthesee dsdetucson. org/


Deadline: November 15
A prize of $1000 and publication in Measure is given for a single sonnet. For more information, visit http://measure. evansville. edu/SonnetContes t.htm


Deadline: December 1
The theme for articles, interviews, and essays is Metropolis, which is completely open to interpretation. For more information, visit http://www.slicemag


Deadline: December 1
Fine Arts Work Center Fellowships are open to writers in the emerging stages of their careers, and they are actively seeking applicants from diverse cultural backgrounds. For more information, visit http://www.fawc. org/


Deadline: December 31
Creative Nonfiction seeks essays that explore death, dying, and end of life care. We're looking for stories from physicians, nurses, hospice workers, counselors, clergy, family members, and others. For more information, visithttp://www.creative nonfiction. org/


The Collagist, an online literary journal, is seeking short fiction, poetry, essays, book reviews, and an excerpt from a forthcoming novel. For more information, visit http://www.thecolla

Linda Formichelli, author of The Renegade Writer, is offering free teleclasses on topics ranging from how to write a killer query to how to organize your assignment workflow, all based on her 12 years as a successful freelancer. For more information, visit http://therenegadew linda-formichell is-free-teleclas ses/


Regina Brooks, a literary agent who has developed award-winning authors across the YA genre, including a Coretta Scott King winner, is now the author of Writing Great Books for Young Adults: Everything You Need to Know, from Crafting the Idea to Landing a Publishing Deal. Topics covered include: listening to the voices of youth; developing a writing style; and constructing plots. For more information about Regina, visit http://www.serendip

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Monday's Meeting

Fellow Writer,

Thank you for your support of the Society of Latino and Hispanic Writers of San Antonio over the past five years. It has been a pleasure watching people come and go through our organization, and to see them experience success in their writing career.

One recent example belongs to our Vice President, Lupe Gonzalez. Lupe recently published "A Love for Eternity" through the Wild Rose Press and the book is under consideration by the website "Long and Short Romance Reviews--Reviewing Long and Short Fiction one "Happily Ever After" at a Time." The website reviews several books a weeks and then invites readers to vote on Saturday for their favorite book. If you get the opportunity, please check out the website and vote! Click here:

I would also like to remind you that Monday, Oct. 12, is the monthly meeting of the Society of Latino and Hispanic Writers of San Antonio, held at Barnes and Noble, San Pedro Crossing. This month, our guest author is Pablo E. Hawnser, author of "The Response (La Pespuseta)."

Hawnser has published another book, El Encuentro, in Spanish. Both books are currently availabe in Mexico, Spain, Central and South America. Hawnser has more than 40 years experieince in engineering, and has studied at UNAM. He was a professor of mathematics and physics before going into private enterprise.

Hawnser will be speaking about "The Response," which details an extraordinary experiences involving extraterrestrial beings, and the message they left with him for all humanity.

As always, our meetings are free and open to the public. Please invite your friends to attend.

Keep Writing

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

SLHW Meeting--Oct. 12

SLHW Meeting--Monday, Oct. 12
7:30 p.m.
Barnes and Noble, San Pedro Crossing
Free and Open to the Public
From Dolly Meral:
After having an unexpected encounter with extraterrestrial beings, Pablo E,
tells us with his testimonies what characteristics qualify a person to
have a contact of this nature.

The fact that these cosmic visitors have personally selected Hawnser shows us
that he meets the requirements necessary to be directly contacted. This direct
contact confirms that these beings live among us to get the information that there
require about our humanity.

Who are these messengers?
From where in the universe did they originate?
How do they make interstellar travels?
Why do they not have open contact with all humanity?
How long have they being visiting us?
What is the purpose of their visits?

In "The Response," Pablo E. Hawnser provides personal experiences,
descriptions of marvelous travels and incredible knowledge while offering the
reader a wonderful opportunity to find answers to questions about their own existence.
Thank you,
Dolores Martina

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Festival de Teatro Chicano--Laredo

Monday, October 05, 2009

Spanish Group Meeting--Tonight

Hola a todos,
Les recuerdo que tendremos nuestra próxima junta del grupo de español el día de mañana Lunes 5 de Octubre, 2009 a las 7:00 pm en Barnes & Noble de La Cantera 15900 La Cantera Parkway, Suite 3340, San Antonio, Tx. 78256 teléfono 210-641-1613

Alejandro Rengifo va a ser el facilitador de este mes . Gracias Alejandro. ¡NO FALTEN!!! ¡NOS VAMOS A DIVERTIR!!!

Nuestra compañera y amiga Lourdes Nuñez nos envía este aviso. ¡Muchas Gracias Lourdes!

Estimada Marta:Este es el link donde se publico un escrito de Andre acerca de Mexico, puedes compartirlo con todos y felicitar a Andre con tu brillante estilo, por favor ??Atrae mucho que Andre es Frances con ascendencia Hungara y escriba de Mexico en esta forma, es hermoso. Esta pagina es Azteca21 es un sitio donde se publican las buenas noticias de Mexico.Gracias Marta,Hasta pronto.Lourdes

¡MUCHAS FELICIDADES ANDRE! Que bello escrito. ¡Ya te podemos llamar PAISANO!!!

Como siempre aquí les envio una fotografía esperando les inspire. ¡A ESCRIBIR SE HA DICHO COMPAÑEROS!

¡Nos vemos en la junta!
¡Escríbelo o se pierde!
Martha Curcio
La Sociedad de Escritores Latinos e Hispanos de San Antonio

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Lupe's Latest Release!

From our Vice President, Lupe M. Gonzalez:

At eighteen, Christina Ramos meets the love of her life, yet she allows her mother to talk her into marrying someone else. Widowed fifty years later, Christina finds herself transported back to 1955 to that magical day she first meets Joe Morado.

Second chances don't happen very often, and this time she vows to stay with the man of her dreams forever. No matter what.

...Because a love that transcends time is A Love for Eternity.

Lupe M. Gonzalez
Writing stories by and about Latinas and their lives and loves.
Coming Sep 2009 - A Love for Eternity, TWRP, Vintage Miniature Rose
Too Late For Romance? (Debut Book, Jun 2008, The Wild Rose Press)

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Voices De La Luna

From Voices De La Luna:

Dear Writer:

The 15 September 2009 issue of Voices De La Luna: A Quarterly Poetry & Arts Magazine is now published and available in four formats: 1. Webpage, 2. PDF Digital Reader, 3. eMagazine, and 4. limited edition printed copies. Hardcopy issues may be purchased individually or by annual subscription directly from us. Cost of a single issue is $10 or $35 for the annual subscription (four issues). The price includes shipping and handling.

We are grateful for your support and request that you submit your poetry or prose for consideration for the 15 December 2009 issue as an attachment when you reply to this email. For more information check “Submissions” at our website: The deadline for submission for the 15 December issue is 5 November 2009.

Voices de la Luna
A Quarterly Poetry and Arts Magazine
15 December 2009 edition
Volume 2, Number 2

The Web Address:

Please enjoy reading this unique Poetry and Arts Magazine originating in San Antonio. We welcome your comments and suggestions.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

From Jo Ann Hernandez:

Every weekday from November 16th to December 18th, I would like to post an essay written by an author covering the different ways readers/book buyers can assist People of Color authors in spreading the word about our books. Give shoppers inexpensive ways to spread the word about us. There are things people can do that don’t cost money and supports authors.

You may choose the length of your essay. Bulleted list usually work best, making the suggestions easier to read. Any approach you wish to take is fine with me. I reserve the right to withdraw an essay if I feel it is inappropriate.

If you wish to participate with the essays, just write it, and email the piece to me when you’re finished. There’s no need to notify me until your essay is ready to submit. Please post on your blog and promote this request. Please post your essay to your own blog and have the essay posted to as many of your friend’s blogs as you can. Let me know the total number of blogs along with their links by December 19th. Hopefully, I can have a cash prize for the author that posts their essay to the most places by December 20th.

Christmas is coming. Let’s help shoppers remember authors and their books.

Jo Ann Hernández
BronzeWord Latino Authors