Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Party for Papa Luis Book Signing

Announcing the publication of The Party for Papa Luis/la fiesta para Papa Luis
By Diane Gonzales Bertrand (Arte Publico Press, 2010)

Come to a Book Signing Event at Tres Rebecas
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday May 1, 2010

Authors Diane Gonzales Bertrand, Lupe Ruiz Flores and Carmen Tafolla will be in the store to sign their books. If you haven’t come to see this new, wonderful store of Latino merchandise and books, this Saturday is your chance!

Tres Rebecas
Boutique, Gallery, & Books
Specializing in books by Latino/a authors
711 S. St. Mary's
San Antonio, TX 78205

(located across the street from El Mirador restaurant )

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Trinidad Sanchez Jr Poetry Festival

April 28 at 11:45 am - The Trinidad Sanchez Jr. Poetry Festival will be at Northwest Vista College. Author Sandra Cisneros and the wife of Trinidad Sanchez - Regina Chavez y Sanchez - will be at the event and will particpate at 12:45 p.m. in a panel discussion titled "The Future of Chicanismo."

Monday, April 26, 2010

Call to Action for Literacy

To: Community Leaders

On April 30th, San Antonio will celebrate El Dia de los niños, dia de los libros with other cities in the US and in Mexico. Mayor Castro will issue an urgent call to every person in San Antonio to take action to reverse San Antonio’s deplorable literacy rates.

SACOL, the San Antonio Commission on Literacy, invites you to attend the ceremony with the Mayor’s Call to Action and the following Community Roundtable on Literacy. The roundtable will be the first of a series of Call to Action Roundtables leading to a city-wide economic summit on literacy in September, National Literacy Month. The Roundtable is an opportunity for participants from each sector of our city – educational, non-profit, business, cultural, religious, athletic, etc. to define the challenge, identify the opportunities, and make specific policy recommendations for action by the City of San Antonio.

This is different work from the intense planning so capably led by Literacy SA the past year. The master plan for services created through the Literacy SA process will not come to fruition until a clear policy priority is set for the city. Please join us for this next important step.

8:15- 9:30 Registration (Lobby of the Performing Arts Center, Edgewood Performing Arts Academy)

8:45-9:30 Mayor’s Call to Action (Performing Art Center)

9:30-12:00 Children’s Concert & Activities

9:45-11:45 Community Roundtable on Literacy (Recital Hall)

Space limited

RSVP required for parking
Tres Rebecas

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Awaken the Sleeping Poet

From our friends:

Awaken the Sleeping Poet

Thursday night, April 29, at 7 p.m.

It's Voices de la Luna night!
Featuring the editors of Voices de la Luna:
James Brandenburg and Mo Saidi

Readings will start right at 7 p.m., so please be on time or you will miss some excellent poetry. At 8 p.m., we have open mic; remember, open mic is where anyone from the audience can participate and read their own (or someone else's) poetry. Then our featured poets will each read an encore poem at the end of the venue.

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

Friday, April 23, 2010

Trinidad Sanchez Jr. Poetry and Art Prize Winners

Thursday, April 22, 2010

American Latino Museum

Dear Friends:

Enclosed, I am inviting you to an open forum about the creation of an American Latino Museum. It is an opportunity to give our opinion.

Let me know soon who wants to come to Austin, and please answer me by e-mail:

Thank you and looking forward to seeing you there.

Maria Gabriela Madrid

Queridos amigos (as):
Espero que todos esten bien. Adjunto les envío la invitación a un foro abierto al público que se va a llevar a cabo en austin el 1 de Mayo,2010. El tema a tratar es la creación de un museo Latinoamericano con sede en Washington DC. Como miembro oficial del comité yo tengo que estar en Austin desde el viernes,pero si se animan a ir,nos veríamos el sabado en el foro. Para mayor información lean la invitación
¡Esta es nuestra oportunidad para apoyarnos y hacernos sentir!

Animense y allá nos vemos.
Un abrazo y avisenme por e-mail.
Maria Gabriela Madrid

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Sandra Cisneros at NVC

TWO EVENTS AT Northwest Vista College
Wednesday, April 28

11 a.m. Palmetto Hall:

Reading at the Trinidad Sanchez Jr. Poetry Festival with Regina Sanchez y Chavez and the 2010 poetry and art winners

12:45 p.m. 113 Huisache Hall:

Panel Discussion: “The Future of Chicanismo” with Sandra Cisneros, Poet Jesse Cardona, Playwright, Ken Treviño, Activist Regina Sanchez y Chavez, and NVC scholars, June Pedraza and Isaac Hinojosa

*Book signing will be after the panel in Huisache Hall

Friday, April 16, 2010

John Phillip Santos

From our friends at Bihl Haus Arts:

Reads @ Bihl Haus Arts
Thursday, April 22, 7 pm

Dear Friends of Bihl Haus Arts,

A one-night-only celebration of text and image awaits you at Bihl Haus on Thursday, April 22, 7 pm, when John Phillip Santos reads from his new memoir "The Farthest Home Is in an Empire of Fire (A Tejano Elegy)." In his acclaimed 1999 Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation, John Phillip told the story of one Mexican family--his father's--set within the larger story of Mexico itself. In this elegantly written new book, he tells of how another family--this time, his mother's--erased and forgot over time their ancient origins in Spain.

John Phillip will read at Bihl Haus encircled by the work of many of his artist-friends who have inspired him during the years he spent writing The Farthest Home. He describes San Antonio’s artists as “being at the vanguard of transforming our city,” leading it to become “a cultural capital of the new República Cósmica of the United States.” This ephemeral exhibit, on view Thursday, April 2nd, only, will be extraordinary, reflecting the author’s own sophisticated aesthetic and underscoring his deeply personal relationship with this remarkable group of artist visionaries, including Ricky Armendáriz, Norman René Avila, Rolando Briseño, Joan Frederick, Raphael Guerra, Pedro Luján, Cesár Martínez, Franco Mondini-Ruiz, Angel Rodríguez-Díaz, Terry Ybañez, Davíd Zamora Casas, and more. Books will be available for signing.

See you at Bihl Haus Arts!


P.S. A little bit about John Phillip Santos: A San Antonio native, he is the first Mexican American Rhodes Scholar to study at Oxford. His awards include the Academy of American Poets' Prize at Notre Dame and the Oxford Prize for fiction. His articles on Latino culture have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and the San Antonio Express-News, among numerous other publications. John Phillip served as writer and producer for more than forty television documentaries for CBS-TV and PBS-TV, two of which garnered Emmy nominations. His' 1999 family memoir, Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation (Viking / Penguin), was a finalist for the National Book Award. In 2006 it was selected for the "One Book, One City" reading program in San Antonio. After a 21-year stay in New York City, John Phillip moved back to his hometown several years ago, where he resides with his wife, poet Frances Santos, and their infant daughter.

To read more about John Phillip Santos and his new book, click on:

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, April 13, 2010

SARA Build-A-Book Information

Join SARA For Build-A-Book 2010!

BUILD-A-BOOK is San Antonio Romance Authors’ [SARA] 4-part series of hands-on workshops educating aspiring writers how to write, sell and promote fiction in the twenty-first century. This series of workshops, led by our award-winning published SARA authors, is open to the general public. We invite anyone who has ever thought of putting pen to paper for publication to attend. Join us for information, fun, and a novel way to learn about writing, and the business of books.

Our next Build a Book Workshop will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2010,
and run from 8:30am - 12:30pm.

Presentations and Speakers are:
"Pacing and Turning Points" presented by Jo-Ann Power
"Goal-Motivation-Conflict" presented by Judith Rochelle
"Pitching" presented by Masha Holl
Workshop Registration fees:
SARA members: $13.00 per workshop ($15.00 per workshop if paid with Pay Pal).
NON-SARA members: $20.00 per workshop ($22.00 per workshop if paid with Pay Pal)
For Questions please contact: Joni Hahn, Workshop Chairperson, at jonihahn@satx.rr,com , or Patricia Walters-Fischer, SARA 1st Vice President, at

The refund policy for special events (including, but not limited to, Merritt Conference, the Fall Workshop and any other event for which a fee is charged) is 100% of the registration fee if cancellation is made thirty (30) days or more before the event, and 50% if made less than thirty (30) days and prior to seven (7) days before the event. There will be no refund if cancellation is made seven (7) or less days prior to the event.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Awaken the Sleeping Poet, April 13

Grand Debut! Tuesday, April 13 at the Twig Book Shop,
beginning at 7:00 with two of Texas' finest poets.

Featuring Alan Birkelbach, 2005 Poet Laureate of Texas.
And Dr. Jo LeCoeur, Professor of English at the University of the Incarnate Word.

Alan Birkelbach

Alan Birkelbach is the 2005 Poet Laureate of Texas. His work has appeared in journals and anthologies such as San Pedro River Review, Oak Ben Review, the Langdon Review, and the Concho River Review. He was nominated for a Wrangler award for his contributions to Southwest Letters, and his is a member of the Poetry Society of Texas, The National Federation of State Poetry Societies, and the Academy of American Poets.

He has five collections of poetry: Bone Song, Weighed in the Balances, No Boundaries, New and Selected Works (the first in the Texas Poet Laureate Series from TCU Press) and Translating the Prairie: Plano, Texas in Words and Pictures.

Jo LeCoeur

Jo LeCoeur is a poet and fiction writer. She teaches English and creative writing at the University of the Incarnate Word. Her previous books include Blues in a Red-eye Glass, Choc'lit Milk and Whiskey Voices, Blue Orleans and Medicine Woods. She has written extensively on southern writers and culture.

Open mic at 8:00, so bring a poem to share

The Twig Book Shop is the premiere poetry place in San Antonio.
Located at 200 E. Grayson, Ste. 124, San Antonio, TX in the
revitalized historic Pearl Brewery. There is ample parking on
the west side of the development, and limited parking on the east side.

Floyd L. Lamrouex
(210) 656-3131

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Book Review: Matterhorn

Please click on the link to view my review of Matterhorn which appears in today's San Antonio Express-News: Matterhorn

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Madrid Interview

Please click HERE to read an interview about fellow Society member Maria Gabriela Madrid.

2010 OLLU Lit Fest

Pamela Johnston (Little Lost River)
April 13, 7 p.m., Providence Hall

Dorothy Allison (Bastard Out of Carolina)
April 14, 7 p.m., Thiry Auditorium

Oscar Casares (Brownsville)
April 15, 7 p.m., UWAC Conference Room

Mujeres Writing Group - April 12, 3 p.m., Library Community Room
The Thing Itself Publication Party - April 13, 3 p.m., Providence Hall
OLLU Creative Writing Faculty - April 15, 4 p.m., UWAC Conference Room

All literary events are free and open to the public.

Visit the OLLU Lit Fest Web site for details and links to join the Lit Fest Twitter, Facebook and blog.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Monday's Meeting and Sarah Cortez

Sarah Cortez

Fellow Writer,

There are two pieces of information I would like to share with you.

Our monthly meeting of the Society of Latino and Hispanic Writers of San Antonio will be this Monday, April 12 at the Barnes and Nobles, San Pedro Crossing, at 7:30 p.m. We have 10 fellow writers who have signed up to share with us up to 5 minutes of their written works! This is our quarterly "Cinco Minutos with You" event that always unveils interesting stories and gives writers the opportunity to receive feedback on the stories they have written.

Please make every effort to attend what promises to be an enjoyable evening!


Winning Author, Poet and Editor, Sarah Cortez.

Sarah Cortez, a friend of the Society of Latino and Hispanic Writers of San Antonio, will be attending the Texas Library Association Conference in San Antonio. She would like to visit with us, so we have organized a dinner with Sarah and we hope that you can come and join us!

Wednesday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m.
La Paloma Blanca Mexican Restaurant
5800 Broadway Street San Antonio, TX 78209-5259(210) 822-6151

In order to make reservations, we would like to get a headcount by Tuesday April 13. Please let Bertha Jacobson at know if you are planning on attending as soon as possible--of course, we will each be responsible for paying for our own meal.

Note: Sarah facilitates and edits anthologies that have been well received nationwide. This is a wonderful opportunity for a writer to meet with an editor who has a proven track record of publishing anthologies that gives beginning writers an opportunity to be read. This is a definite, do-not-misss opportunity to meet with an experienced writer and editor in a relaxed, social setting and get valuable advice on writing and publishing.

Keep Writing,

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Monday's Spanish Group Meeting

De parte de Luis Martinez, Nuestro Coordinador para el mes de Abril:

Estimados compañeros, gracias por la oportunidad de dirigir nuestra junta el próximo 5 de abril a partir de las 7:30 de la noche y asignar el jercicio de escritura.

Desde que leí por primera vez a Horacio Quiroga, ha sido uno de mis escritores favoritos. El cuento La gallina degollada, en mi opinión, es uno de los mejores ejemplos de su obra. Para quienes no lo hayan leído y para quienes quieran recordarlo, incluí los siguientes enlaces con versiones en español e inglés.

Destaca de manera significativa en esta obra lo elocuente de las descripciones. El narrador omnisciente crea un ambiente tenso donde se enmarca la tragedia del matrimonio Mazzini-Ferraz. El lenguaje es directo, coloquial, crudo y desprovisto de adornos. El tema recibe un tratamiento naturalista donde se conjugan la vida, la muerte y el retraso mental en una descripción cronológica. Se hace uso mínimo de recursos literarios como símil, metáfora y otros.

Con todo respeto para ustedes y para el autor, la tarea consiste en desarrollar una de las siguientes opciones:

En un mínimo de 300 palabras, imitando en la medida de lo posible el estilo de Quiroga —

· Cambiar el final a partir del momento en que le matrimonio regresa de pasear por las quintas.

· Escribir la Parte 2 de esta historia. ¿Qué sucedió después con el matrimonio y sus hijos?

· Escoger cualquier sección del cuento donde se puedan agregar 300 palabras de texto que apoyen, expliquen, aclaren o justifiquen lo que ahí se dice.

El contenido de este cuento se presta mucho para que nuestros poetas también se inspiren en temas adversos, su desasosiego y posible redención.
Espero que disfruten escribiendo y puedan compartir con nosotros su talento.

Luis A. Martínez Yerena

Friday, April 02, 2010

Congratulations to Roxanna Montes-Bazaldua

Congratulations to fellow SLHW member Roxanna Montes-Bazaldúa, a fifth-grade bilingual teacher in Alamo Heights ISD, on being named one of two winners of the Trinity Prize for Excellence in Teaching. The Trinity award, which is co-sponsored by H-E-B and the San Antonio Express-News, honors teachers for their commitment and passion to education.

Click on the link for the rest of the story: STORY

Roxanna is the author of The Legend of the Cascaron

One Day Without Shoes

This message is sent by Becky, a valued member of the Society of Latino and Hispanic Writers of San Antonio:

Hope you are doing fine. Please share this website with everyone! I'm participating in this effort to raise awareness over a very important issues.

Let's make a difference.


Thursday, April 01, 2010

Voices in Art & Poetry

Martha Curcio and MoMo are warmly inviting you to participate, for an evening to come see your art in your hands.

Please join us, for creation in action, limitless possibilities in linking Voices in Art & Poetry.

Find a Poem Within You!

This one night Festival will be held:

- Friday, April 9 at the Enchilada Warehouse.
- 2106 N. North St. Mary's St. 78212
- 7:00 PM - 11:30 PM

Come Celebrate the Art Festival with Food, Music,
Raffles & Variety of Entertainment
Join in the Fun

Donations to the Food Bank
- Free Admission with 2 can goods
- Meal at $6.99 per plate
- Wine Donations at $1:00 per glass
- Water at $1.00 per bottle
- Donations will be accepted at the door.

Donate $3:75 for a Taste or Buy a Meal.
The proceeds will go to the
Food Bank & Peace Initiative

To bring awareness to Child Hunger, & Domestic Violence.

Our Special Guest Emcee:

*James Munoz (Kens-TV)
Event Emcee:
*Monica Yoas ( Univision)
Entertainment Emcee
*Russell Felan "El Rey Feo" & "Mud King"