Thursday, September 30, 2010

Dia de los Muertos/Holloween Celebration

From Pancho:

Hello Brujos and Brujas,
We are now in the final few weeks before - you guessed it, "Dia de los Muertos" (oh yeah, and Holloween too). Come out and celebrate your dearly departed with your poetry and stories (scary, funny, none of the above) at Granados Adult and Senior Center.

Dia de los Muertos/Holloween Celebration
Date: October 7, 2010
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Location: Granados Adult and Senior Center, 500 Freling, 78213 San Antonio
Host: Pancho Mendoza
Description: Spooky Stuff (costumes encouraged)
Admission: Free

Monday, September 27, 2010

Bihl Haus Event

From Bihl Haus--Please save the date:

"Pintame una Flor y te cuento una Love Story/
Paint Me a Flower and I'll Tell You a Love Story"

Dear Friends of Bihl Haus Arts,

When writer Barbara Renaud Gonzalez and visual artist Terry Ybanez mentioned that the last 50 cloth-bound library copies of Barbara’s novel, Golondrina, why did you leave me?, were available, we immediately saw the opportunity for a ‘novel’ fundraiser that united the literary and visual arts of San Antonio--at Bihl Haus Arts we firmly believe in the illuminating power of art and stories.

David Zamora Casas said "YES!!" And so did 49 other San Antonio artists, including Raul Caste llanos, Joan Frederick, Albert Alvarez, Danville Chadbourne, Jimena Marin, Russell Stephenson, and Wesley Harvey, when we invited them to join us in this 'novel' Bihl Ha us Arts collaborative project. Each artist will embellish with their unique artistic vision and offer for silent auction the cloth-covered edition of Barbara’s book—the first Chicana novel to be published by the University of Texas Press (April 2009).

The evening, titled "Pintame una Flor y te cuento una Love Story," includes a Reading, Silent Auction, & Art Pachanga at Bihl Haus Arts on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2010. Cocktails begin at 6:00 pm followed by the first-of-its-kind-ever Silent Auction of artist-embellished books from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The evening includes antojitos, música y mas.

Much mas! Barbara will read--and oooooh what a performance she gives!--from her passionate novel to the rhythms of jazz percussionist Joaquin Abrego. Actors will also recreate excerpts from the book, climaxing in the scintillating salsa-rhumba-tango-flamenco dance scene. The evening culminates with poolside (weather permitting) dancing and birthday cake.

Whaaaa? Birthday cake? Yes, birthday cake! Bihl Haus Arts will also be celebrating its 5th birthday! Proceeds from the silent auction will help ensure that Bihl Haus Arts continues to provide quality programs for years to come. So, please plan to join us for this dazzling celebration of text, art, music, food, dance, and 5 years of--ok, I'm going to say it just one last time--novel programming at Bihl Haus Arts on Friday, October 8th, from 6 to 9 pm.


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, an affordable housing community. Bihl Haus Arts is the only professional nonprofit art gallery on the premises of 100% senior affordable housing in the U.S. The gallery, open Fridays and Saturdays, 1-4 pm, is made possible with the generous support of The Potashnik Family Foundation and Primrose. For more information, (210) 383-9723, 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)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Book Review: Aurora

Here's a review of Rafael Castillo's book, Aurora, which appears in today's San Antonio Express-News.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Gasping for Air

Here's a short note I wanted to share with you regarding our SLHW Secretary's review of a short story written by Gaby Madrid:

Hi Vincent,
I just read the poem titled Gasping for Air by Maria Gabriela Madrid in Voices de La Luna. Wow! You can find it in short prose under Fiction. At first I thought, Oh, it's a nice family get together kind of short story. Then come the little tidbits... all is not as it seems. The shock is the last few paragraphs. I sat there stunned. Who would have thought it?
That was reminiscent of Poe or Patterson... Anyway, it was thoroughly enjoyable. I hope everyone gets a chance to read it... mlb.

Gasping for Air

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

New Event at Barnes and Noble, La Cantera

From Josie Mixon:

Dear Fellow Poets and Supporters,

I am not quite sure how I should promote this event without tooting my own horn so here goes:

As some of you may have heard we (Voices de La Luna Magazine) are starting a new venue at Barnes & Noble @ La Cantera beginning on Wednesday, September 22nd which will be the 4th Wednesday of the month.

I have the honor of being the first featured poet and will be presenting. It is perfect timing since October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and many of you recognize my passion for promoting awareness for all victims and survivors of abuse.

I will read from my latest book "Off the Beaten Path" and my previous books as well. I have other collections which most people are not familiar with one which has been accepted for publication by Pecan Grove Press (2012) called Vigorous Calm which is a collection of poetry of place. I have other collections as well as so many of us poets do but one that I intend to read from which is still unpublished and has never been submitted called "Between Borders" which is a collection of poetry about my hometown and its unique and sometimes special traditions, myths and stories. Some of which is unexpectedly funny due to how serious it is. ok, I know that doesn't make sense so I will explain it, briefly. I was born in Mission, Texas on June 8, 1963. Mission is 13 miles, mas o menos from the Mexican border. My mother was born in the house I grew up in and her mother (Comanche) was born in Mexico. Her dad (Apache) was also born in Mexico. On my dad's side we are decendents from the first settlers from the Canary Islands. So this should explain alot of things about me (hopefully). My passion begins with my children who are my life followed by my brothers and sisters (victims & survivors) of abuse. The rest you already know as I currently run open mic at Barnes & Noble at Ingram Festival. Just

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Josie Mixon

Lupe Blogging on Historical Roses Blog Site

Hi all,

If you get a chance, I'm blogging today at the Historical Roses blog re: Hispanic Heritage Month.

Lupe M. Gonzalez

Why Every Writer Needs A Budget

From Marcela Landres:

Hi--Not making money from your writing? Read "Why Every Writer Needs A Budget," an article I wrote for the Ninja Writer blog, to learn:
* strategic choices that will get you closer to landing a book deal
* why you must invest in your writing despite the economy
* how to get money even if you're flat broke

To read the article, click on: or click on:

You are welcome to post your comments below the article; I'd love tohear what you think.

Many thanks in advance!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Rafael Castillo at Barnes and Noble, La Cantera


Local author Rafael Castillo will be at the Barnes and Noble, La Cantera, on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 2 p.m., for a discussion and signing of his brand new novel, Aurora. Please stop by to meet the author and check out this wonderful new book.

The Shops at La Cantera
15900 La Cantera Parkway Bldg 27
San Antonio, TX 78256

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Book Review: The Moses Expedition

Here's my latest book review which appears in today's San Antonio Express-News. Thank you for all the kind notes.

The Moses Expedition

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Friday, September 17, 2010

2nd Encuentro de Escritores de la Frontera

El Departamento de Lenguas Modernas y Literaturas
y Labrapalabra

de la
Universidad de Texas en San Antonio

En colaboración con
La Sociedad de Escritores Latino/Hispanos de San Antonio

invitan al

2º Encuentro de Escritores de la Frontera

con la participación
de escritores
del noreste de México
y escritores de San Antonio

a celebrarse los días

Viernes 17 de septiembre, de 6:00 a 8:00 p.m.
Sábado 18 de septiembre, de 10:00 a.m. a 12:00.


Buena Vista Building 1.322
UTSA Downtown Campus

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Gaby Madrid published in Voices de la Luna

The new issue of Voices de la Luna features works by Carmen Tafolla and Bryce Milligan, along with a copy of works by Society member Maria Gabriela Madrid! A poem by Gaby can be found under "Editors' Poems," and her short story entitled "Gasping for Air" is under "Short Prose--Fiction."

Voices de la Luna
A Quarterly Poetry and Arts Magazine
Volume 3, Number 1
is pleased to announce the publication of the
15 September 2010 issue
in Four Formats:
Webpage, Digital Reader, eMagazine, and Hardcopy

The magazine features
“Questions for Carmen Tafolla,”
“A White House Garden Cookbook” by Clara Silverstein,”
and “The Day I Became a Writer” by Cyra Dumitru.

The Web Address:

Please Donate―We Need Your Help
Please visit the website and peruse the pages of this unique poetry and arts magazine from San Antonio.

We welcome your comments and suggestions.

The Editors:
James Brandenburg
Mo H Saidi

Voices de la Luna: A Quarterly Poetry & Arts Magazine

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Poetry Night at Barnes and Noble, Ingram Festival

From Josie Mixon:

Great Day My Fellow Poets and Supporters of Poetry!

Hope your summer has been fantastic and your gardens have flourished in the rain. Kids are back in school so watch out for those school zones!

Please join us Wednesday, September 15th for Poetry Night at Barnes & Noble, Ingram Festival at 6:00pm for a fabulous poetry workshop with Jim Brandenburg followed by open mic at 7:00pm with Josie Mixon. Our featured guest will present at 8:00pm. Our guest is one of my personal favorites Bryce Milligan.

Bryce has a couple of new songs in the upcoming Voices de la Luna Magazine and one of his poems, "Alms for Oblivion" will be republished (all 500 lines) in the next issue of The Invisible College, and is newly updated with music videos, etc. Please visit his website for more information.

Please join us for a wonderful celebration of poetry!!!!!!!
Josie Mixon
Jim Brandenburg

Monday, September 13, 2010

Congratulations, Gaby

Please join me in congratulating Gaby on the publication of her poem in an Argentinian Magazine--mala.

mala link

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Guest Author: Rafael Castillo

Dr. Rafael Castillo
Author of "Aurora"
Guest Author at the monthly meeting
Society of Latino and Hispanic Writers
Monday, Sept 13
7:30 p.m.
Barnes and Noble, San Pedro Crossing
Free and open to the public

Dr. Castillo teaches writing and literature at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas. He is the author of Aurora and 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).

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Friday, September 10, 2010

News from Gemini Ink

Here's the latest news from Gemini Ink:

A few of our highlights include our annual fundraising gala, INKstravaganza, which takes place in a little less than two weeks. We’ll be honoring our very own San Antonio writer, John Phillip Santos with the Literary Excellence Award. We still have tickets available, if people are interested they can contact us here at 210.734.9673 or visit our INKstravaganza page, We’re also teaming up with the City of San Antonio in celebrating the Bicentennial of Mexico’s 1810 Independence and the Centennial of Mexico’s 1910 Revolution with a few events including, Incantations: Songs, Spells, and Images by Mayan Women featuring a Mayan ceremony, book presentation, and conversation of transethnic publishing with Ámbar Past, and Maruch Mendes Peres of Taller Leñateros in Chiapas, Mexico and Lee and Bobby Byrd of Cinco Puntos Press in El Paso, Texas. The event takes place on Thursday, Oct. 7 at 6 pm at the Instituto Cultural de México (auditorium). And, if that weren’t enough we’re sponsoring alurista’s Tunaluna (Aztlán Libre Press, 2010) book tour. He’s making three stops in San Antonio, one in which will be at Palo Alto College’s Performing Arts Center, where he will be conducting a free Chicano Poetry Workshop on Saturday, October 9. We have a few spots still available, if interested in registering for the class please contact us at our office ASAP. For more information about our events and classes, please visit


Thursday, September 09, 2010

Photographer ERIC LANE Explores “ART DRIVEN LIVES”
at GALLISTA GALLERY, 1913 S. Flores
opens 2nd Saturday, Sept. 11th, 6-9 pm

Dear Friends of Bihl Haus Arts,

Have you ever felt that artwork on exhibit in a gallery or museum sometimes has an anonymous quality? As if it becomes disassociated--disembodied, if you will-- from the artist? Well, we have the cure! Please join the Bihl Haus gang at GALLISTA GALLERY on 2nd Saturday, September 11th, 6-9 pm, for the opening reception of “Art Driven Lives” by photographer ERIC LANE.

In his intentionally casual portraits that reunite artists with their work, Eric explores and celebrates the “Art Driven Lives” of some of San Antonio’s most interesting contemporary artists--many will be at the opening--, including Rolando Briseño, Franco Mondini-Ruiz, Jane Madrigal, Russell Stephenson, Vanessa Hill, Albert Alvarez, David Zamora Casas, and Raul Castellanos.

Never been to Gallista before? Now's the perfect time to visit! Gallista is located just south of Downtown, at 1913 S. Flores. You'll enjoy music by DJ Roach (Tony Rocha), who spins Smooth Jazz, Conjunto, Motown, and Soul music. The evening will feature hors d’oeuvres by Citlalli Cafe and libations, of course. Also that evening: an informal open mic poetry reading at 7 pm organized by Tom E. On exhibit, too, are new photographs by emerging artist Louis Sanchez, and Gallista artist studios will also be open.

We hope to see you there!

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

This official Fotoseptiembre exhibit is co-sponsored by Gallista Gallery and Bihl Haus Arts. Joe Lopez’s Gallista Gallery, located just south of downtown San Antonio at 1913 S. Flores, showcases Chicano art. New exhibits open monthly, and the gallery features an open house every Second Saturday. In addition to Joe Lopez's studio, the gallery is also home to several other San Antonio artists. For more information, contact Joe Lopez at: 210-212-8606 or

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, 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, September 07, 2010

Writers World Building Workshop

Presented by San Antonio Romance Authors
Mary Brand and Masha Holl, Presenters

Saturday, September 18th, 2010 - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Community Unitarian Universalist Church - The Fireplace Room
4818 E. Beverly Mae Drive - San Antonio, TX 78229

$13.00 for SARA members, $20.00 for non-members
Sign up at the SARA website - - or send your check by mail
SARA, P.O. Box 160818, San Antonio, TX 78280-3018

Carol Kilgore
Vice President/Communications
San Antonio Romance Authors

Monday, September 06, 2010

Gaby to give presentation in Houston!

Sunday, September 05, 2010

September Meeting: Dr. Rafael Castillo

Fellow Writer,
Please save the date of Monday, Sept. 13, for the monthly meeting of the Society of Latino and Hispanic Writers of San Antonio at the Barnes and Noble, San Pedro Crossing, at 7:30 p.m. Our guest speaker with be Dr. Rafael Castillo, an English professor at Palo Alto College and author of the recently published, Aurora.

From a Floricanto news release: 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.
Dr. 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, Sonnets To Human Beings.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

LGBT Magazine Seeks Submissions

From Marcela Landres, via Latinidad®

Deadline: October 1
xQsi (Porque si) magazine, an online multimedia LGBT Latino publication,
seeks articles, news, editorials, podcasts, videos and creative writing. For
more information, visit

Friday, September 03, 2010

Dana Awards

From Marcela Landres, via Latinidad®

Deadline: October 31
The Dana Awards offers $1000 for a novel or novel-in-progress. For more
information, visit

Thursday, September 02, 2010

2010 Artist Foundation Awards Application

The Artist Foundation announces its 5th year of call for applications in:
Visual Arts, Media Arts, Literary Arts, Theatre Arts, Musical Arts, Dance Arts

please help spread the word
share this email with artists and artist supporters!
Call for entries: Sept. 1 to Oct. 15, 2010


Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Poetry and Art Show

From Ernest Hernandez:

My name is Ernest...Hernandez.

I am a poet here in San Antonio. I've been speaking with the guy who started the Art at the Jalapeno show and there will be on opportunity to have an art show where the art goes with a poem.

There will be probably 30 to 35 pieces and what would happen is once pictures are taken of what will be sumbitted, those would be shared with the poets who can then write a poem about the art, their interpretation of it. Or apply one that already exists. They would then be submitted and go from there to see which will be displayed.

Please let me know if you think any of your poets might be interested. Or maybe I could say a few sentences at your event.

Thank You
Ernest H.