Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Clandestine Crossing Reading/Book Signing

Reading and Book-signing

Clandestine Crossings:
Migrants and Coyotes
on the Texas-Mexico Border
David Spener

5:30 PM, Wednesday March 31

Twig Bookstore, 200 E. Grayson
in the historic Pearl Brewery Full Goods Building

A reception will follow

Sandra Cisneros at NVC

Dear faculty, students, and Northwest Vista College (NVC) community,

Sandra Cisneros will joins us at NVC to do a reading and celebrate this year’s Trinidad Sanchez Jr. Poetry and Art Prize Winners!

We are holding this event in Palmetto Hall thanks to Jayne King and her wonderful colleagues in the theater and dance department who made a change in their tight schedule for us to host this wonderful event! If you are bringing your class, please RSVP to me so we know how many students to expect!

There will be a panel discussion on the Future of Chicanismo following the reading, (12:45-1:30) time for Q & A, and a book signing. Location to be announced!

The date is Wednesday, April 28th.
The reading time is 11 a.m.
The panel begins at 12:45

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Cinco Minutos with You

Fellow Writer,

Just a quick reminder that the next meeting of the Society of Latino and Hispanic Writers of San Antonio is Monday, April 12 at the Barnes and Noble, San Pedro Crossing, at 7:30 p.m. This meeting is our Cinco Minutos with You meeting where 10 members will have the opportunity to read up to 5 minutes of their works.

There are still a couple of spaces available, so if you're interested in reading, please let me know by responding to this email. Don't wait until the last minute!

Two of our members will also be featured in a New Authors Night that ours Barnes and Noble will be hosting on Tuesday, April 20. More on this later!

Please let me know if you're working on any projects.

Keep Writing,

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

From Bihl Haus Arts

Dear Friends of Bihl Haus Arts,

Get ready to satisfy your literary appetite at Bihl Haus Arts’ first SMALL PRESS BOOK FAIR, this Saturday, March 27, 1-4 pm! San Antonio’s amazing small presses—Wings Press, Pecan Grove, and School by the River Press—will be joined by Austin’s Dos Gatos Press and poetry journals Voices de la Luna (San Antonio) and The Enigmatist (Georgetown, TX). These amazing resources support our area’s burgeoning literary scene by promoting local authors and publishing books you just can’t get at big box bookstores.

This leisurely afternoon of book browsing and buying will be punctuated by the WORDWORKERS POETRY READING with authors Martha K. Grant, Assef al-Jundi, Ignacio Magaloni, Josie Mixon, Jim LaVilla-Havelin, David Meischen, Scott Wiggerman, Mike Gullickson, Lesley Clark, Carolyn Patteson Sanchez, Palmer Hall, and Roberto Bonazzi.

The BIHL HAUS SMALL PRESS BOOK FAIR, organized by Jim LaVilla-Havelin, takes place in conjunction with the photo exhibit WOODWORKERS, intimate portraits of 22 San Antonio authors by Melanie Rush Davis, which continues at Bihl Haus through April 17th. The portraits, taken with the pinhole camera, pair with writings literally scrawled on the gallery walls by the authors themselves: Grisel Acosta, Roberto Bonazzi, Jenny Browne, Rosemary Catacalos, Sandra Cisneros, Nan Cuba, Cyra Dumitru, Martha K. Grant, Palmer Hall, Jim LaVilla-Havelin, Marian Haddad, Assef al-Jundi, Bryce Milligan, Ignacio Magaloni, Josie Mixon, Naomi Shihab Nye, Carol Coffee Reposa, John Phillip Santos, Vincent Toro, Carmen Tafolla, and Mobi Warren.

So, bring your literary appetite and cash or check—most participants will not have the capability to process card transactions—and come support San Antonio’s authors and the spectacular small presses that publish them.


P.S. This is an official National Poetry Month 2010 San Antonio event, which is co-sponsored by Bihl Haus Arts and funded in part by the San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs. For a full schedule, please go to: http://www.sahearts.com/SpecialEvents/PoetryMonth2010/tabid/196/Default.aspx

For more on participating presses, visit their websites:

Wings, www.wingspress.com

Pecan Grove, http://library.stmarytx.edu/pgpress/

School by the River Press , www.swschool.org

Dos Gatos, www.dosgatospress.org

Voices de la Luna, www.voicesdelaluna.com

The Mission of BIHL HAUS ARTS: “Creating Community through the Arts”

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)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Awaken the Sleeping Poet

Awaken the Sleeping Poet
Barnes & Noble
Thursday, March 25
7 p.m.

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

Featuring: Steven R. Johnson and Carol Siskovic

Bring yourself; bring a friend; bring a poem!
See you Thursday night!

Floyd L. Lamrouex

Saturday, March 20, 2010

A Letter to the Editor

I wanted to share with you a Letter to the Editor that appeared in Friday's San Antonio Express-News:

Beer, why not books?

I'm pleased that we celebrate the arts with Luminarias, and I congratulate all the organizers for their hard work. But one question: Why is it OK to sell beer but not books?

Unlike the beer industry, small-presses do not gain a profit from the sale of their books. Creating an outlet for them to sell their books would help local writers, local presses and local readers, especially since most books by small-press writers are hard to find.

Since we no longer have a citywide book fair, Luminarias would be a good opportunity for books to be made available. Please consider this in the future.

Sandra Cisneros

Wouldn't it be great to bring back a citywide book fair?

Friday, March 19, 2010

Voices De La Luna

Voices de la Luna
A Quarterly Poetry and Arts Magazine
Volume 2, Number 3

is pleased to announce the publication of the
15 March 2010 issue
in Four Formats:
Web page, Digital Reader, eMagazine, and Hard copy

Featuring Questions for John Phillip Santos
and work by Carol Coffee Reposa
Wendy Barker, Edna Kovacs, and Margot Van Sluytman

The Web Address:

Please Donate We Need Your Help

Please peruse all pages of this unique poetry and arts magazine from San Antonio. We welcome your comments and suggestions.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

San Antonio Poet's Association

San Antonio Poets' Association
No need to be a member to attend!
Open to poets and non-poets alike!
This Saturday, March 20, at 2 p.m.
Featuring John Eubanks, Performance Poet

2 p.m.,
Bethany CongregationalChurch Fellowship Hall,
500 Pilgrim
(inside Loop 410 off of Vance Jackson)
No need to be a member to attend.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Powerful Latinas website

From Marcela Landres:

Check out my March book picks for PowerfulLatinas.com

Alamo Colleges Blog on MySA.com

The Alamo Colleges now have a blog site on MySA.com. Check it out!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Book Signing March 31

Reading and Book-signing

Clandestine Crossings:
Migrants and Coyotes
on the Texas-Mexico Border
by David Spener

5:30 PM, Wednesday March 31
Twig Bookstore, 200 E. Grayson
in the historic Pearl Brewery Full Goods Building

A reception will follow

Just published, Clandestine Crossings (Cornell University Press, 2009) is an eye-opening account of the experiences of working-class Mexican migrants who enter the United States with the help of paid guides known as coyotes.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Remember El Alma

Dear Friends of Bihl Haus Arts,

What an amazing performance you’ll be able to witness on Saturday night! As part of Luminaria, BIHL HAUS ARTS is producing “REMEMBER EL ALMA/REMEMBER YOUR SOUL.” This performance--a mosaic of original prose, movement, song, and live projection--transforms the Alamo from a monument to war to one of peace. “Remember El Alma” is directed by Virginia (Vicki) Grise, recipient of the prestigious Yale Drama Award for 2010, who adapted the original prose-poem by Barbara Renaud-Gonzalez, finalist for the 2010 Texas Institute of Letters Award. And, Dr. Rachel Cruz, who possesses one of the most powerful voices I have ever heard, performs original music and lyrics. These exceptionally gifted women are joined by five amazing principal actresses--Olupero R. Aiyenimelo, Marisela Barrera, Monique Cortez, Natalie Goodnow, and Saray Rosales--and a supporting cast of more than 100 women, the “Almas," including our fabulous Bihl Haus Docents, who come to mourn the dead and celebrate the birth of the possible. And if that weren't enough, Vicki enlisted the technical expertise of E. Martin Gimenez, who works with the Los Angeles Opera, to design the video and real-time projections!

So, slip into some comfortable walking shoes and join us downtown on Saturday, March 13th, at 9:30 pm, on Hemisphere's Plaza de Mexico (the patio between the Instituto Cultural Mexicano and the back of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center), and plan to be enthralled and inspired by this thought-provoking and moving work of art.

For lots more about Vicki Grise and "Remember El Alma," read Sarah Fisch's excellent interview in this week's Current at http://www.sacurrent.com/arts/story.asp?id=71001 "Remember El Alma was also spotlighted in the Sunday Express News article on Luminaria: http://www.mysanantonio.com/entertainment/This_years_Luminaria_will_be_less_sprawling.html


"Remember El Alma," produced by Bihl Haus Arts, is supported in part by the San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs. Special thanks to the Luminaria Committee for selecting this project, and to Henry Brun and his crew for their technical expertise and support. Bihl Haus Arts is a not-for-profit contemporary art gallery located on the premises of Primrose at Monticello Park Senior Apartments, an affordable housing community. The gallery, open Fridays and Saturdays, 1-4 pm, is made possible with the generous support of The Potashnik Family Foundation and Primrose.

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)

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

How to Impress an Editor

From Marcela Landres:

Hi--Want to learn how to impress an editor? Read this article I wrote for OnText.com:


Marcela Landres
Author of the e-book "How Editors Think: The Real Reason They Rejected You"

Monday, March 08, 2010

SARA One-Day Writer's Workshop

San Antonio Romance Authors
"One-Day Writer's Workshop"

featuring Guest Speaker:

Harley Jane Kozak
Best Selling Mystery Writer and Actress presenting :

"Everything I Needed to Know About the Writing Life
I Learned in Hollywood."

Harley's presentation will include:

critique groups
day jobs (including your family)
elevator pitch
the publishing industry
and much more!

The workshop will take place Saturday, March 20
8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
At the San Antonio Airport Hilton Hotel
611 NW Loop 410
San Antonio, TX 78216
(210) 340-6060

A book-signing will be held Saturday afternoon. Fiction, reference, and informational books and materials will be available for purchase.

Event Pricing: SARA Members $35.00
RWA Members: $40.00
General Public: $45.00
Register and get further information at www.sararwa.net

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Achy Obejas at UTSA

UTSA 2009-2010 Creative Writing Reading Series presents:

Achy Obejas
Friday, March 5
7:30 p.m.
UTSA 1604 Campus -- University Room
Business Building (2.06.04)

Achy Obejas' latest novel, Ruins, was published by Akashic Books in March 2009. Her other books include Havana Noir, This is What Happened in Our other Life, Days of Awe, Memory Mambo and We Came All the Way From Cuba So You Could Dress Like This?

Her fiction and poetry have been widely anthologized and published in literary magazines. She is the translator (into Spanish) of Junot Diaz's Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and (into English) of the the upcoming anthology, Mexico City Noir.

Obejas is currently the Sor Juana Visiting Writer at DePaul University in Chicago.

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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

H. Palmer Hall Book Party

H. Palmer Hall

Book Party
hosted by St. Mary's University
English Department

emceed by Marian Haddad


The Louis J. Blume Academic Library
on the St. Mary's University Campus

Thursday, March 4, 2010

4:30-6:00 p.m.

Reading, Signing, Reception

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Bihl Haus Arts Poetry Venue

From Josie Mixon:

Good Day fellow Poets,

It is so exciting to see these fabulous poetry venues springing up all over the city. Congratulations to Floyd and the Twig! Poetry is definitely not dead especially when you have such dedicated hosts to make sure the art of poetry continues. On that note, it's time to come celebrate the start of a fabulous new venue at none other than Bihl Haus Arts (2803 Fredericksburg Rd across from Tip Top) inside the gates of Primrose at Monticello Park Senior Apartments beginning on March 11th. Please park outside the gates or you may be towed.

This venue is being sponsored by Bihl Haus Arts and Voices de la Luna Magazine. Your hosts are Carolyn Sanchez, Mo Saidi, Jim Brandenburg and Josie Mixon. Schedule of events is as follows.

6:00pm Poetry Workshop hosted by Josie Mixon
7:00pm Open Mic hosted by all of the above
8:00pm Featured Guest

On March 11th we are honored to have Juan Perez open up this ground breaking ceremony as a tribute to the great Trinidad Sanchez Jr.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Spanish Group Meeting

Hola a todos
Les recuerdo que tendremos nuestra próxima junta del grupo de español el día de hoy Lunes 1ero de Marzo, 2010 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.

Nuestro querido y talentoso romántico poeta Ezra Nahmad gentilmente se ofreció a ser nuestro facilitador para el mes de Marzo ¡Muchas gracias Ezra!

Aquí les envio una fotografía que nos envio Ezra esperando les inspire. ¡NO FALTEN ! ¡NOS VAMOS A DIVERTIR!
¡Nos vemos en la junta!
¡Escríbelo o se pierde!
Martha Curcio
La Sociedad de Escritores Latinos e Hispanos de San Antonio