Sunday, August 29, 2010

Josie Mixon Blog

From Josie Mixon:

Here is a link to my new blog on blog spot. Please note that I have cancelled my Face Book Fan page while leaving my regular FB account active. My blog is focused on domestic violence and sexual abuse awareness and healing. Let me know if you have any questions. Thank you so much for your support.

Josie Mixon

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Bihl Haus Arts

Dear Friends of Bihl Haus Arts,

On Saturday, Aug. 28th at 2 pm at Bihl Haus Arts, DAVID S. RUBIN, The Brown Foundation Curator of Contemporary Art at SAMA, will do one of the things that he does best: he'll talk about art! This time with sculptor RAUL CASTELLANOS, whose work--more than 30 assemblage sculptures plus an installation--is on display in the gallery. This is a great opportunity not only to see Raul's show, "Recovery and Recycling," but it is also an opportune moment to learn about it from the inside out, from the artist himself and from the expert on contemporary art in San Antonio.

More. . .

In this dialog, deaf artist Raul Castellanos will explore themes of Recovery—his own from addiction and mental health recovery, the recovery of an ecosystem after the BP oil spill (the subject of his new installation at Bihl Haus), and the perpetual consumption of our society,—and Recycling—of found objects salvaged from trash heaps and gobs of dried paint peeled from the palettes of artist friends and harvested from his ‘Paint Farm’ where he collects recycled paint.

Raul will be speaking with David S. Rubin, an active figure in the contemporary arts field for over thirty years. In September 2006, San Antonio was very fortunate that David assumed the position of The Brown Foundation Curator of Contemporary Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art. He brought to San Antonio his endless fascination with the contemporary art scene and a deep respect for our area artists. Under his tenure at SAMA, he has overseen the brilliant reorganization of the Contemporary collection that now includes major works by some of San Antonio's most important established and emerging artists. Over the years, David has organized numerous solo and thematic exhibitions. His most recent blockbuster exhibition is Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art since the 1960s, which is accompanied by a comprehensive best-selling book (co-published by SAMA and MIT Press) on the subject.

So, join us for what we believe will be an absorbing afternoon of art and conversation accompanied, of course, by libations and a little nibble.

See you on Saturday!

P.S. Get your Gold on! Raul Castellanos will share his knowledge of gold-leafing techniques in a workshop on Saturday, September 11th at 2 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring any interesting found object, no larger than a fist or book, to gold leaf. Materials fee is $15.00 per person. For reservations, please call 210-383-9723.

P.S.S. As always, please feel free to forward this mail to friends and family, and to print and post the attached invitation in conspicuous places!

Kellen Kee McIntyre, PhD
Executive Director
Bihl Haus Arts

Friday, August 27, 2010

Latina & Chicana Literature

The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center is proud to be offering an exciting new class
in LATINA & CHICANA LITERATURE as part of our 2010 education programming.

The class will be led by award winning author LAURIE ANN GUERRERO.
The 14 week session begins, Wednesday September 8th.

You can register using our new and easy to use online registration form:

Latina/Chicana Literature
Ages 18 to adult
Instructor: Laurie Ann Guerrero
Date: Wednesdays, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: Guadalupe Gallery Bldg., Literature Lounge, 723 S. Brazos
Registration Fee: $25 GCAC Membership
Tuition: $150/semester

Read and discuss works by important Latina/Chicana writers as we explore the importance of women documenting their stories. Works include fiction, poetry, personal/political essays by Sor Juana Ines De La Cruz, Claribel Alegria, Aracelis Girmay, Diana Garcia, Ana Castillo, Carmen Tafolla, Kristin Naca, Gloria Anzaldua, Gabriela Mistral, Daisy Zamora, Demetria Martinez and others. Participants will be encouraged, though not required, to try their hand at documenting their own stories. ALL ARE WELCOME.

About instructor Laurie Ann Guerrero:

Laurie Ann Guerrero is the author of Babies Under the Skin, winner of the Panhandler Publishing Chapbook Award. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Borderlands, Feminist Studies, Meridians, Naugatuck River Review, Global City Review, among others. Her manuscript, Blood & Tongues, was a finalist for the 2010 Andres Montoya Poetry Prize. Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Guerrero holds a BA in English Language & Lit from Smith College and is an MFA candidate in poetry from Drew University. She is an instructor of English at Palo Alto College and lives in the Southside with her husband and three children.

For information about all of the classes the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center has to offer in 2010,

Click here:

For more information about the LATINA & CHICANA LITERATURE class, contact:

Vincent Toro
Performing Arts Director
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
1300 Guadalupe Street
San Antonio, Texas 78207
(210) 271-3151 ext. 226

"Give me any empty space and I'll give you magic."
-Peter Brook

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

From Your Hands to Your Lips

From Anel Flores:

Anel I. Flores, the Empanada Crew, Madhatter's Tea House and Cafe, JMH Collaborative, and Chef Rene Guerrero present a taste...

From Your Hands to Your Lips

a fundraiser to help send the Empanada crew to California in October for a performance at Macia in San Jose.

Follow along chef RENE GUERRERO as he shows you how to bake "LA EMPANADA" inspired by Anel's play, watch a sneak preview of the play, EMPANADA, performed by Gloria Sanchez, bite down on your custom made dessert, snack on fingers sandwiches, sip a drink y listen to San Antonio's very own AZUL.

$30 in advance or $35 at the door

This sneak taste is an exclusive event for the first 50 guests who confirm their attendance.

For more information call 210.316.7029 or email

You are invited to the following event:
"From Your Hands to Your Lips" - A Fundraiser to send Empanada to Cali!

Sunday, September 12, 2010 from 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM (CT)

Madhatter's Tea House and Cafe
320 Beauregard Street
San Antonio, TX 78204-1305

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Chicano Press Lands First Series

Here's a link to a news story about Juan Tejeda's new Chicano press project: Chicano Press

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Awaken the Sleeping Poet

Awaken the Sleeping Poet, Barnes & Noble Next week, Thursday, August 26th, featuring H. Palmer Hall, and Beverly Monestier

Palmer and Beverly begin at 7:00
Open Mic begins at 8:00
Then encore poems by our featured readers at 8:50

Northwoods Barnes and Noble
281 and 1604, Henderson Pass Exit

Bring yourself; bring a friend; bring a poem!
See you Next week!

Floyd L. Lamrouex

Scholarships for Minority Females

SLHW Secretary Mary Lou Barrera has forwarded us an email she received:

Hello Everyone!

Here are some scholarships that are available for our young ladies who want to go to college or may be attending college already. Some of them are labeled MINORITY FEMALES and others are labeled specifically AFRICAN AMERICAN FEMALES and LATINA WOMEN. There must be at least one for a young lady that you know. Please share this list with them. Just type each category in your search engine…

Scholarships for Minority Women
Actuary Scholarships for Minority Students

American Chemical Society Scholarships
American Geological Institute Minority Geoscience Student Scholarship
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
American Political Science Association Minority scholarship list
Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program
Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation
The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
Engineering for Minorities
Gates Millennium Scholars
International Education Financial Aid
The Jackie Robinson Foundation (high school seniors only)
Jack Kent Cook Foundation Graduate Scholars Program
John L. Carey Accounting Scholarship
Kaiser Media Internships in Health Reporting
LGBT Scholarships
Microsoft Scholarships (for computer related degrees)
Morris K. Udall Undergraduate Scholarship (for environmental studies)
National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (SMART Grant)
Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
Students of Color Scholarship
Unmet Need Scholarship
USA Funds

Scholarships for African -American Women
Herbert Lehman Education Fund
The Jackie Robinson Foundation (high school seniors only)
Ron Brown Scholarship (high school seniors)
Black Excel Scholarship Gateways
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dr. James M. Rosin Scholarship
Fisk Premedical Summer Institute / Minority Medical Education Program
General Mills Technology Scholars Award
Law School : MCCA Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program
NAACP Earl Warren Shearman and Sterling Law School Scholarship
NAACP Scholarships: Earl G. Graves Scholarship, Agnes Jones Scholarship, Lillian and Samuel Sutton Scholarship, Roy Wilkins Scholarship, and the Hubertus W.V. Williams Scholarship
National Association of Black Journalists
National Black Police Association
National Society of Black Engineers Scholarship List
Sallie Mae Fund American Dream Scholarship
Siemens Teacher Education Scholarship Program
Spieler, Rhea and Louis Scholarship Program
UNCF Merck Science Initiative
United Negro College Fund

Scholarships for Latina Women
Hispanic Scholarship Fund (also for college students)
Adelante US Education Leadership Fund
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (Congressional Internship)
First in My Family Scholarship Program
Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
Hispanic Internship Program
La Unidad Latina Foundation
Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund
National Association of Hispanic Journalists
Salvadoran American Leadership and Education Fund
State Farm Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Meet Aztlan Libre Press

From Juan Tejeda:
Camaradas: just wanted to let you know that my companera, Anisa Onofre, and I recently realized a dream and began Aztlan Libre Press, an independent publishing house that is dedicated to the promotion, publication and free expression of Xican@ Literature and Art. Our first book, Tunaluna, by the renowned veterano poeta, alurista, just came out. This is alurista's tenth book of poetry and his first publication in ten years. We are very proud of the book (see attached cover and press release).

We have also organized a five-city (San Antonio, Seguin, Austin, Houston and Laredo) "alurista Tunaluna Texas Tour" with public readings and workshops to promote the book in October 2010.

We're also very proud of our new website We will be using this website to promote our publications, but also to promote Xican@ writers and artists, and other important cultural projects and events. Please check it out and tell us what you think. You can also purchase Tunaluna at our website. Como siempre, gracias por su amistad y apoyo. Please spread the word y hablamos pronto. in tlanextia in tonatiuh/que su sol sea brillante, juan

Monday, August 16, 2010

Meet Aztlan Libre Press



Aztlan Libre Press, a new, independent publishing company based out of San Antonio, Texas that is dedicated to the promotion, publication, and free expression of Xican@ Literature and Art, announces the publication of its first book, Tunaluna, by the renowned veterano Chicano poet, alurista. This is alurista’s first publication in ten years.

alurista is one of the seminal and most influential voices in the history of Chicano Literature. A pioneering poet of the Chicano Movement in the late 60s and 70s, he broke down barriers in the publishing world with his use of bilingual and multilingual writings in Spanish, English, Nahuatl and Maya. A scholar, activist, editor, organizer and philosopher, he holds a Ph.D in Spanish and Latin American Literature from the University of California in San Diego and is the author of ten books including Floricanto en Aztlán (1971), Timespace Huracán (1976), Spik in Glyph? (1981) and Z Eros (1995). His book, Et Tú Raza?, won the Before Columbus Foundation National Book Award in Poetry in 1996. Author of “El Plan Espiritual de Aztlán,” he is a key figure in the reclaiming of the MeXicano cultural identity, history and heritage through his integration of American Indian language, symbols and spirituality in his writings.

Tunaluna is classic alurista: passionate, sensuous, and political. alurista’s tenth book of poetry is a collection of 52 poems that takes us on a time trip through the first decade of the 21st century where he bears witness to the “Dubya” wars, terrorism, oil and $4 gallons of gas, slavery, and ultimately spiritual transformation and salvation. The “Word Wizard of Aztlan” is at his razor-sharp best, playing with his palabras as well as with our senses and sensibilities. alurista is a Xicano poet for the ages and a chronicler of la Nueva Raza Cózmica. With Tunaluna he trumpets the return of Quetzalcoatl, the feathered-serpent of Aztec and Mayan prophecy, and helps to lead us out of war and into the dawn of a new consciousness and sun, el Sexto Sol, nahuicoatl, cuatro serpiente, the sun of justice.

“alurista experiments on the edge, thickly layers multiple meanings onto each cryptic line through language play, brilliant code-switching (‘tu mellow dia’) and love songs to la raza. A statement of survival, he confronts the politics and the hypocrisy of ‘the estados undidos de angloamérica’ with an irrepressible rhythm, with the ‘slingshots in our hands’ of pre-Columbian truths, and with the ability to craft real words from our unreal world of avarice and oppression. alurista’s tenth book holds many spirit treasures calling out to us from between the lines. Con razón k he hears the haunting spirits beneath the surface—‘ayer pasé x tu casa/y me ladra/ron/los libros.’”
(Carmen Tafolla, Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, poet and Visiting Faculty, University of Texas at San Antonio)

“Tunaluna is a work of hope, humor, outrage, and beauty by one of our most notable Chicano bards. alurista reminds his readers of the political possibilities of the poetic; in his poems, we hear the song of a people.”
(Cristina Beltrán, Associate Professor of Political Science at Haverford College and author of The Trouble with Unity: Latino Politics and the Creation of Identity)

ISBN-13: 978-0-9844415-0-1 * $15.00 * 76 pages * Trade Paperback * Publication: October 2010

For more information, or to purchase Tunaluna, click on

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Luminaria 2011

I am hoping that the leadership of the Society of Latino and Hispanic Writers can play an active role in Luminaria 2011.


Saturday, August 14, 2010

StoryCorps Slots Filled

Mary Lou Barrera reports that all the slots for the StoryCorps events have been filled. Please let me know if you were one of the ones chosen, and what the experience was like.

Thank you,

Friday, August 13, 2010

StoryCorps Historias to Visit SA

This is from an email I received from Janie Alonso:

Gracias comadre Edna Campos Gravenhorst for this post!

What: StoryCorps Historias to visit San Antonio

Where: Las Palmas Branch Library • 515 Castroville Road • 434-6394
When: Sunday-Tuesday, August 15-17
Please call branch library for hours, or visit

Everyone has a story to tell, and StoryCorps Historias wants to hear from San
Antonio Hispanics. StoryCorps will be in San Antonio on August 15, 16, and 17,
at the Las Palmas Branch Library, 515 Castroville Road. All it takes is you and
a friend or family member to have a conversation about your experiences, your
memories, your thoughts, or your plans.

StoryCorps Historias is an initiative to record the diverse stories and life
experiences of Latinos in the United States. This is an opportunity to record
those stories your grandmother always tells you, share what you remember about
your mother, honor the uncle who served in the armed forces, or tell why you are
in San Antonio - anything meaningful to you and your community. Sharing these
stories celebrates our history, honors our heritage, and captures the true
spirit of our community. It will ensure that the voices of Latinos will be
preserved and remembered for generations to come.

When you record your story, you’ll have a meaningful experience captured on CD
to share with your friends, family, and community. With your permission, a copy
will be archived at the Library of Congress for future generations to hear.
Individuals (the interviewer and the interviewee) are invited to make a
reservation to record their stories by contacting Rebecca Alvarez at Las Palmas,
434-6394, during library service hours. Sessions will be scheduled at one-hour
intervals, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and ending at 3:30p.m. The recording session
runs for approximately 40 minutes. Sessions may be recorded in English or

More information, and a list of Great Questions to start planning your
conversation, are available at . For more
information about StoryCorps Historias activities in San Antonio, the public may
call (210) 434-6394.

Posted by comadre Adriana Bardin Prestwood
Nora de Hoyos Comstock, Ph.D.
Connecting Latinas Around the World!
Comstock Connections
512-928-8780 voice; 512-928-9964 fax
Cell: 512-751-7837

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Recovery & Recycling

“Recovery & Recycling”
Opening Reception: Fri., Aug. 13th, 5:30-8:30 pm
LIVE art performance @ 7 pm

Dear Friends of Bihl Haus Arts,

Lux surfaces and bling-bling with meaning await you at the opening reception for Recovery & Recycling at Bihl Haus Arts on Friday, August 13th, 5:30 to 8:30 pm. The reception features a signature live art performance at 7 pm by deaf artist RAUL CASTELLANOS.

In works like “Cyber Sexuality,” Raul rips out, reconfigures, and then sutures together the entrails of computers, cell phones, and other modern ‘conveniences’ to which we have become addicted. He unifies these varied surfaces with metallics (the bling-bling)—gold, silver, and copper spray paints, metal leafing, foils, shiny confection wrappers—, which form glossy crusts that transmute re-formed discarded articles into objects of luxury.

"In his gold and silver assemblage sculptures," writes David S. Rubin, The Brown Foundation Curator of Contemporary Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art, "Raul transforms everyday found materials into objects of beauty, with overtones of divinity. In this respect, his art exemplifies the Beat poet Allen Ginsberg’s dictum that 'Everything is holy!'”

More . . .

In this exhibit, Raul explores themes of Recovery—his own from addiction and mental health recovery, the recovery of an ecosystem after the BP oil spill and other environmental disasters, and the perpetual consumption of our society,—and Recycling—of found objects salvaged from trash heaps (“Storytime Series”) and gobs of dried paint peeled from the palettes of artist friends and harvested from his ‘Paint Farm’ where he collects recycled paint (“Energy of 1,001 Artists Series”).

“The objects I recover,” Raul asserts, “have a story to tell that I mesh together to tell another story,” often with a poetic conceit—the sculptor is also an accomplished poet. The creative process is for Raul a true therapeutic and spiritual ritual: the recycled object assemblages are a sublimation of repressed feelings that can lead to troubles, troubles from which he personally—and society as a whole—need recover in order to survive, to thrive.

The 28-year old artist, born in Mexico City, was raised in Miami, Buenos Aires, and San Antonio, where he currently resides. Raul regularly exhibits at venues throughout San Antonio and has shown work in Argentina. He is also an arts teacher and an arts administrator, most recently at Bent Easel Gallery where he served as Curator and at San Antonio Visual Artist Gallery as Gallery Director. A native Spanish speaker, Raul is also fluent in English and American Sign Language. True to his dedication to the environment and to social justice issues, Raul will donate 20% from the sale of the artworks in this exhibit to National Wildlife Federation in support of relief efforts for wildlife victims of the BP Oil Spill .

Also, please mark your calendar for additional related programming:

· Sat., Aug. 28th, 2 pm: David S. Rubin will discuss the artist’s work and more in a tête-à-tête with Raul Castellanos at a Bihl Haus Dialog

· Sat., Sept. 11th, 2 pm: Join Raul in a gold-leafing workshop. Please bring an interesting found object, no larger than a fist or book, to gold leaf. Materials fee: $15.00 per person. Reservations: 210-383-9723.

To see Raul’s Facebook portfolio, please go to:!/album.php?aid=2028557&id=1247484205

See you on Friday!


P.S. As always, please feel free to forward this mail and to print and post the attached invitation in conspicuous places!

Bihl Haus Arts is a not-for-profit contemporary art gallery located at 2803 Fredericksburg Rd. on the premises of Primrose at Monticello Park Senior Apartments. The gallery, open Fridays and Saturdays, 1-4 pm and by appointment (210-383-9723), is made possible with the generous support of The Potashnik Family Foundation and Primrose. This program was funded in part by the San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs and by generous donations from Dr. Philip & Ann Valente and Dr. Raphael Guerra & Sandra Castro Guerra.

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, August 09, 2010

Gravenhorst in Express-News

In case you missed yesterday's newspaper, below is an article written by fellow Society member Edna Campos Gravenhorst

Here is the link: ESSAY

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Check Out new SLHW Spanish Blog entry

From Dr. Santiago Daydi-Tolson, 1st Vice President of the Society of Latino and Hispanic Writers of San Antonio:

Dear friends,

I have posted a new entry to the blog you might be interested in seeing.

Santiago Daydí-Tolson

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Monday's SLHW Meeting


Ezra Nahmad, long-time member of the Society of Latino and Hispanic Writers of San Antonio, will present his new book, ANDREA: POEMAS EN VERSO LIBRE, at Barnes & Noble, San Pedro Crossing, Monday, August 9, at 7:30 p.m. Ezra will read some of his poems as well as inform the audience of his “path to publication”.


In Ezra Nahmad’s poetry book, ANDREA: POEMAS EN VERSO LIBRE, the reader encounters a mirror of his daily life, of his loved ones and of everything any human being deems important…--Alfredo Avalos

Readers will enjoy Ezra Nahmad’s style of poetry since the rhymed verse will transport them to past times where the rhyme reigned...His poetic voice is the voice of a troubadour hidden beneath a balcony or walking the streets. -- Rebeca Go'mez Galindo

You can read more about the book and also purchase it at the following website:

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Aurora by Rafael Castillo

Here's a book by a colleague of mine at Palo Alto College:

Floricanto Press

Aurora By Rafael Castillo ISBN:978-1888205-30-5

Rafael Castillo's characters are a Chicano variation of Edward Hopper's "Nighthawks," sleepless souls lost in their own thoughts," Jacinto Jesus Cardona, author of Pan Dulce: Poems These eleven tightly-packed short stories, often allegorical yet visceral, range from the phantasmagorical "Aurora", whose misdeed has condemned her to a cyclical river of Eternal Return, to the agnostic Tomas and faithful Pedro in the theological "Penitent of Guadalupe Street", where truth is an enigma wrapped in a metaphor. In another story, a bellicose dwarf is murdered and the story is told from shifting points of view. In "Dwarfs and Penitents," an angry jilted husband searches the cobblestone streets of Prague in search of vengeance, while in "The Sands of Dhahran," a middle-age soldier battles his demons during Operation Desert Storm. In these luminous stories, Castillo give us penitents, dwarfs, lost youth, WWII vets, pachucos, doppelgangers, and memorable others populating the American literary landscape. ___ Rafael Castillo teaches writing and literature at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas. He is the author of Distant Journeys, and his writing has appeared in The Arizona Quarterly, College English, Imagine, English Journal, Frank, New Mexico Humanities Review, Puentes, Southwestern American Literature, Saguaro, and ViAztlán. His fiction has also been widely syndicated and anthologized in Under the Pomegranate Tree (Washington Square Press), Lone Star Literature (W.W.Norton), Hispanic Link, (Washington, DC) and New Growth (Corona Press). "Castillo has a poet's feel for language and a gritty sense of urban reality. Aurora and other stories is a welcome addition to the growing body of Mexican American literature," Don Graham is the J. Frank Dobie Regents Professor of American Literature and English at UT-Austin, and a writer-at-large for Texas Monthly.

"Complicated, interesting, and enthralling, Castillo has one of the most authentic voices coming out of Aztlan. Our inheritance is in his words." Sheila Sanchez-Hatch, author of Strong Box Heart
"A personal memory of profound intimacy and delicately layered...Castillo's book is enticing and energizing." Carmen Tafolla,

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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Awaken the Sleeping Poet

Awaken the Sleeping Poet at the Twig
Tuesday, August 10, at the Twig Book Shop, Featuring:
John Eubanks, and Juan Perez

The Featured Readers begin at 7 p.m. Open mic begins at 8 p.m., so bring a poem to share, because Open Mic is where anybody in the audience can share their poetry. Then, after open mic, John and Juan will close with an encore poem, each.

The Twig Book Shop is the premiere poetry place in San Antonio.Located at 200 E. Grayson, Ste. 124, San Antonio, in the revitalized historic Pearl Brewery.
Host:Floyd L. Lamrouex
(210) 656-3131

John Eubanks

John Eubanks returns to the Awaken the Sleeping Poet venue for another of his wild and crazy guy performances. He is an author and actor who earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Southwest Texas State University and a Master of Arts in Theater from Stephen F. Austin State University. John 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 (now known as Abydos Learning International), an acclaimed teacher-training program. 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 ten 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 Association of State Poetry Societies convention. He has worked in different capacities in close to a hundred theatrical productions and acted over fifty roles ranging from Shakespearean parts to melodrama villains


Juan Perez

After a decade of military service, including the First Gulf War (1991), Juan Manuel Perez is now a public high school history teacher and author of six poetry chapbooks, including Dial H For Horror (2006), plus one full contemporary multi-culture poetry collection, Another Menudo Sunday (2007), and the soon to be published O’ Dark Heaven, a full collection of dark poetry.
Juan, a Mexican-American, is also a member of the San Antonio Poet’s Association and the Science Fiction Poetry Association, as well as alumni to the great Chicano poet Trinidad Sanchez, Jr. He has also been a featured poet at some San Antonio poetry venues and enjoys reading his poetry at others even when he is not featured.

Juan has recently published his poetry in International Poetry Review, Illumen, Star*Line: Journal of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, The Poet Magazine, di-verse-city, Voices Along The River, The Dreamcatcher, Inkwell Echoes, The Palm’s Leaf and Message Of The Muse.

He is currently revising a manuscript called W.U.I.: Written Under The Influence of Trinidad Sanchez, Jr. and will be looking for a publisher soon. This comic book fanatic, science-fiction addict, and poetry lover lives in his hometown of La Pryor, Texas.

Our Featured Readers begin at 7:00 p.m. Open mic begins at 8:00, so bring a poem to share,
because Open Mic is where anybody in the audience can share their poetry. Then, after open
mic, John and Juan will close with an encore poem, each.

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.

Floyd L. Lamrouex
(210) 656-3131

Monday, August 02, 2010

Gaby accepts position as Spanish Editor for local literary magazine

Editor's Note: Congratulations, Gaby!

I would like to share with you and others that from now on I will be working as a "Spanish Editor" for "Voices de la Luna"magazine. "Voices de la Luna" accepts Spanish written material that are accompanied by a translation in English. Both versions must follow the "Voices de la Luna" guidelines. See the website online to read the submission guidelines.

Thanks again in advance for sharing this great news with others.
Gaby (María Gabriela Madrid)

Maria Gabriela Madrid is a bilingual writer, and “Spanish Editor” for “Voices de la Luna magazine”, SA-TX. She was born and raised in Caracas-Venezuela. She studied Education at Metropolitan University of Caracas-Venezuela; Creative Writing and English as a Second Language at Harvard University, Boston University, and Columbia University. She received a "Diploma and Mention of Honor" for participating in the “XVII Poetry and Narrative contest” held by “Instituto de Cultura Peruana”, Miami-Florida. Her book “Entre Los Surcos del Recuerdo” is part of the syllabus for the advance Spanish classes at Saint Mary´s Hall (Private school in San Antonio-Texas) and other university libraries across Venezuela and the USA. Her short stories,poems and articles has been published at various literary magazines and anthologies such as"Labrapalabra" magazine from University of Texas at San Antonio, "Poetas y Narradores del 2008" , "Poetas y Narradores del 2009" supported by "Instituto de Cultura Peruana" Miami-Fla,and "Women Voices/Voces de Mujeres" supported by "Mujeres Writing Group" at Our Lady of the Lake University, SA-Texas.

Her work written in English (The Shinny Estrella and Why?) were published on “Voices de la Luna” on March 2010, and June 2010 edition.

Also,the short story called “Why” was air on “Texas Matters”National Public Radio (NPR 89.1)

Some others short stories written in Spanish will soon be publish on an argentinian magazine called “MALA” on August and or September 2010 edition.

Maria Gabriela Madrid has been interviewed for several newspapers, magazines, and radio stations. In Caracas-Venezuela such as “El Universal”, “El Diario de Caracas”, “El Nacional”, and “Unión Radio”. In San Antonio, Texas at “San Antonio Express News North Central News” by Rosalind Solís. She was interviewed several times by Mayra Calvani for “Latino Book Examiner”. In Matamoros/Brownsville at “Ojo de Cíclope” by Alejandro Rosales Lugo, and in the New York Times by Randy Kennedy.

Also, she was interviewed by Amparo Ortiz on her program “Desde San Antonio” Univisión Channel.

For more information, please contact the bilingual writer and "Spanish Editor"Maria Gabriela Madrid at her e-mail:

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Earth and Water Miami Exhibit

Sent to us by Rebeca Gomez:

Museo Piag de Miami, Fl. Invita a todos los artistas pintores, escritores, poetas y fotografos, nacionales e internaconales, que esten interesados en participar en la primera exhibicion ecologica en el agua EARTH AND WATER de cubos flotantes en la Ciudad de San Antonio, TX los dias 21 y 22 de Octubre del año en curso.

Para mayor informacion contactar a Dolores Martina en o visite

Museum Piag in Miami, Fl Invite to all the artist, writers, poets and photographers, national and international who like to participate in the fist ecological exhibit in water EARTH AND WATER flouting cubes in San Antonio TX. October 21st and 22nd of 2010.
For more information contact Dolores Martina or visit

Anexo invitacion, bases y hoja de inscripcion/ You will find attachment of invitation and inscription

Un cordial saludo/ Regards

Dolores Martina
Piag Museum delegada en TX/ TX delegate