Friday, October 29, 2010

VIA Poetry Contest


VIA Metropolitan Transit will begin its 2011 poetry contest earlier this year to allow time to coordinate with other art programs.

Called “Poetry on the Move,” the contest is open to anyone over 18 years of age in Central and South Texas (except for VIA employees and their families), and entries can be sent in beginning October 1 and running through November 17. The winning poetry will be displayed on VIA buses and vans during National Poetry Month in April 2011.

Contestants can submit up to three poems each, and the works must be understandable by a wide audience, free of any offensive language, and without obscure references. Entries should be mailed to VIA Metropolitan Transit c/o Jerri Ann Jones, Public Affairs, P.O. Box 12489, San Antonio, Texas 78212. Submissions should be postmarked by November 17, 2010, and winners will be notified before their work is published in VIA’s fleet.

To be eligible, each poem should be typed or printed and sent by mail. No fax or e-mail submissions will be accepted. Each poem needs to be ten lines or shorter (including the title and spaces), and the author’s name or any other identifying information cannot appear on the poems themselves.

Contestants should include a cover letter that contains the title (or first line) of each poem; name, address, and telephone number of the author; a one-line bio; and a signed permission line that reads: “I hereby give VIA Metropolitan Transit permission to use my poem(s) on their buses, vans, or other agency publications as well as in National Poetry Month San Antonio publicity.”

Poets will retain all rights for future publication. All poems must be original work and cannot have been previously published. The poems themselves will not be returned, but the winners will be notified by mail.

In addition to being displayed on VIA’s fleet, the winning poems will also be recorded in the authors’ voices and made available through Refarm Spectacle, and they will be given to five teen youth art programs to create designs for the bus interior cards.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Spanish Group Meeting Nov. 1

¡Buenos Días!

Espero que todos estén bien. Quiero recordarles nuestra junta en Español este Lunes, 1º de Noviembre a las 7:30 en Barnes & Noble de la Cantera.

Para continuar la tradición del día de los muertos, les invitó a traer sus calaveras o cualquier otro texto que estén trabajando.

Saludos y por allá nos vemos.

Bertha -

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Awaken the Sleeping Poet

From Floyd Lamrouex:

Awaken the Sleeping Poet, Barnes & Noble
Sorry for the late notice, but it will be a memorable night...
This week, Thursday, October 28th, featuring
Harold Warford, and Margaret Mayberry

Harold Warford

Harold Warford is a retired attorney who is one of the funniest poets you'll ever meet. His stories about his clients and his law practice will have you rolling in the aisles with laughter. Call him crusty, or salty, or dry wit, but he is hilarious. It's a true treat to have Harold as a featured reader this Thursday.

Margaret Mayberry

Margaret Mayberry is another poet who will have you laughing with her poetry. Her wit and unique perspective about everyday events will keep you laughing. She'll also be reading some serious poems, but come expecting to be entertained by these two marvelous poets.

I know it's late notice, and for that I apologize. A heavy caseload has cut in on my time to promote my venues. But you will be doing yourself a disservice if you miss this Thursday night. It will be one of the best nights of the year. Guaranteed. FLL


Margaret and Harold will 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 Thursday!

Floyd L. Lamrouex

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Jackie Mendez Online Blog Tour

Friends and family,

Just wanted to let you know that today I am doing an online blog tour with Teens Read Too at

They did a book review awhile back on my novel and they will be featuring it all day today on their site. They are also holding a contest and giving away three of my novels to anyone who posts on that blog. I don't know how they judge it, but they will announce the winners at the end of the day.

Their interview questions were a blast to answer. Stop by and visit with me, and feel free to post any questions or comments you may have, as I'll be there all day. Your support and sharing of this information is also appreciated.

Love and blessings,
Jacqueline Mendez,
Author of Heart of the Jaguar

Monday, October 25, 2010

Book Signing Celebration, Nov. 13

From Edna Campos Gravenhorst:


Authors Lee Spencer White & Ron Jackson Jr., will be signing their book,
"Alamo Survivors"

Saturday, November 13
3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Buckhorn Museum
318 E. Houston Street
San Antonio, TX 78205

All are welcome to join us for a fun filled celebration, invite your family and friends!

Edna Campos Gravenhorst
Author & Historical Researcher
210-226-4565 or 812-774-5556

Sunday, October 24, 2010

SLHW Member featured on SAPL Wowbrary

From Edna Campos Gravenhorst:

My book, Te de Canela/Cinnamon Tea, selected as one of this week's Wowbrary picks for the San Antonio Public Library's, "This Week's Biographies & Memiors."

I am last on the list, so when you go to the website keep scrolling.


We all have good seeds and bad seeds in our family trees, look for the strong branches and attach your self-worth to their roots.
--From work in progress: Negreta, an American Nigress

Edna Campos Gravenhorst
Author & Historical Researcher
210-226-4565 or 812-774-5556

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Online Self-Editing Workshop

Below is information for an online Self-Editing Workshop sponsored by the Rose Colored Glasses website. For more information, please click on link:

Self-Editing Workshop
Your Instructors: Layla Chase and Shayla Kersten

Oct 24-30, 2010

This workshop will help make your writing shine! Through the use of checklists and exercises we give you tangible examples of what to look for and how to fix it. You'll get interactive assistance from editor and published author Layla Chase and published author Shayla Kersten.

Passive vs. Active voice
Eliminating implied or unnecessary words
Gerunds, adverbs, misplaced modifiers, dangling particples, etc.
Point of View and Show vs Tell
Grammar and Punctuation


To join, send your $20 payment through Paypal

Or send a check payable to Shayla Kersten to the following


Shayla Kersten
P.O. Box 543
Perryville, AR 72126
Include your email address!

(If you pay by snail mail, send an email to Shayla
so that she can add you to the roster)

Shayla Kersten's Email


"... even more than the wonderful tips and checklist and exercises, this workshop taught us how to discipline ourselves, which I love. Thank you, thank you, thank you."

"I did learn some of the little tidy ends which as a novice didn't realize the importance of "don't does" in writing novels."

"Great workshop!I will be recommending it to my writer friends."

"This has been a wonderful workshop! I'm already recomending it to a few of my writer friends."

"I've really enjoyed the class. I'm sure you guys will be seeing me
in another class."

Thursday, October 21, 2010

alurista and Aztlan Libre Press

From Juan Tejeda, regarding alurista and Aztlan Libre Press:

Saludos. On behalf of alurista and Aztlan Libre Press, Anisa, Maya Quetzalli and I would like to thank you for your participation in coordinating the alurista Tunaluna Texas Tour in your city. We are very grateful to you and all of our camaradas in the different cities who hosted us, drove us, took us to eat, partied with us, and invited us into their chantes, como familia, to spend the night, or just to visit for a while.

The tour was a tremendous success. We sold over $3,100.00 of Tunaluna books and alurista did 17 different readings, workshops and presentations in seven cities: San Antonio, Seguin, Harlingen, Edinburg, Laredo, Austin and Houston. This was a true collaboration among universities, colleges and community-based businesses and organizations. Thanks to our friends at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Gemini Ink, Palo Alto College, Texas Lutheran University, Proyecto Libertad, the University of Texas-Pan Am Library, Laredo Community College, Laredo Center for the Arts, the University of Texas at Austin, Austin Community College, Resistencia Bookstore, the University of Houston, Nuestra Palabra, and Casa Ramirez. It was a great networking tour, reconnecting us with old friends, and making new ones in the process.

alurista, ever the showman and master poeta, did some amazing readings, workshops and presentations. We got some great press and there were some magical moments that I was very fortunate to have captured in photographs and video. Check out to view a couple of videos and photos from the tour, one at our home entitled "Menudo con Frijoles," and alurista reading "El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan," with me on the flute, at the Indigenous Day March for Human Rights in San Antonio. If there was any follow-up press, pictures, reviews, or interviews and videos that were done in your city, we would appreciate you sending us a copy of it for our, and alurista's, records.

Muchisimas gracias por todo, and may the Creator bless you and your familias hoy y para siempre.

su carnal,

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Jose Kozer at Trinity University

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Trinity University
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
The University of Texas at San Antonio
a poetry reading by Cuban poet
Jose Kozer
Monday, Oct. 25
5:30 p.m.
Trinity University, Fiesta Room
Poetry reading will be primarly in Spanish

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Danville Chadbourne

Opening Reception: Friday, October 22, 5:30-8:30 pm

Dear Friends of Bihl Haus Arts,

Sacred ritual, space and time, ancestor worship, consecrated rites of passage . . . Explore these themes and more at the opening reception for sculptor DANVILLE CHADBOURNE at Bihl Haus Arts, this Friday, October 22, 5:30-8:30 pm.

Danville’s fetishized, ritualized objects stir a collective memory and connect us as human beings to a primordial past. At once universal truth and private fiction, his sculptures are the constructs of an erudite artist with broad experience in and of the world. They spring from deep within the artist’s fecund imagination and are inspired by his appreciation for the material culture and ancient traditions of indigenous peoples, about which our knowledge is only fragmentary. The artist deconstructs archetypes and reassembles their parts into paradoxical and enigmatic imagery open to individual interpretation. “It is my intention,” says Chadbourne, “to provoke questions, suggest possibilities, and ultimately elicit responses that are more than just intellectual. I want the viewer to feel something.”

In this selection of the sculptor’s work, muted warm sepia tones of worn woods bathed in brown paints predominate. They contrast with passages of subdued complimentary colors: red and green, blue and orange, black and white. Decoration is restricted to incised channels and grooves, shallow pecked recesses, and natural nodes and knots accentuated by hand carving. Typical shapes include long narrow flat planks and shallow rectangular boxes constructed from recovered wood, sometimes joined by staples and brads made of recycled copper wire. Danville deliberately weathers and unites the surfaces of these disparate recovered materials, often already weather beaten, with paint applied in layers and scrubbed by hand between coats with rough sandpaper, a process that visually ages the work. “All things are in constant flux, acted upon by the process of aging and deterioration,” Danville avers, “a process that is observable and that dictates the passage of time”; the artist’s work not only suggests but becomes part of a continuum.

Danville Chadbourne was born in Bryan, Texas in 1949. He received a BFA in 1971 from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, and an MFA in 1973 from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. After teaching studio art and art history at the college level for 17 years at various institutions, Danville left teaching in 1989 to devote himself full-time to his art. He has exhibited extensively at both state and national levels, including more than 60 one-person exhibitions. His work is found in numerous private and public collections. He has lived in San Antonio since 1979.

We hope to see you Friday night!


P.S. Please save the date: Saturday, December 11, 2 pm: a Bihl Haus Dialog with Anthropologist Megan Biesele, PhD, and Sculptor Danville Chadbourne. Megan Biesele, who received her PhD in social anthropology from Harvard University in 1975, has spent the past 40 years working in the areas of language development and human rights of the peoples of Botswana and Namibia, southern Africa. In 2000 she received the Lucy Mair Medal for Applied Anthropology from the Royal Anthropological Institute, London. Biesele is the author of numerous books, including Shaken Roots: Bushmen of Namibia Today (1990), “Women Like Meat”: The Folklore and Foraging Ideology of the Kalahari Ju/’hoan (1993), and Hunters and Gatherers in the Modern World: Conflict, Resistance, and Self-Determination (2000).

P.S. S. As always, please feel free to forward this email to friends and family. For more on the exhibit, please go to our website at These programs, which are free and open to the public, are funded in part by the Texas Commission for the Arts through the San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs. 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. 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)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Diane Gonzales Bertrand at Barnes and Noble

Fellow member Diane Gonzales Bertrand will give a discussion at Barnes and Noble, La Cantera:

Teen Read Week Panel
Teen Event, Author Discussion
We're finishing up Teen Read Week with an excellent panel of writers. Diane Gonzales Bertrand, Varian Johnson and Jennifer Ziegler will all be on hand with their latest books. Please stop by our store this evening to meet these talented authors!
Friday October 22, 2010 6:30 PM

The Shops at La Cantera
15900 La Cantera Parkway Bldg 27, San Antonio, TX 78256, 210-558-2078

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Sagebrush Review Submissions

From the Sagebrush Review:

UTSA students and supporters,

The next Sagebrush Review meeting will be on Thursday October 21, 2010 at 6 pm in the Craven Room (MB 2.314B) for any UTSA student who would like to be involved with the journal this year.

Also, submissions for the 2010-2011 Volume 6 journal are now open! Check the 2010-2011 Submission page at for guidelines. Submissions are open to all San Antonio residents as of this year, so if you know of any writers or artists who would be interested in submitting, please direct them to our web site.

As a reminder, our open mic poetry readings are still happening every second Friday of the month at Candlelight Coffeehouse. If you'd be interested in reading, please e-mail us at to be put on the open mic list. Thanks to those who have come out to support Sagebrush Review this semester.

-- Christian Gamboa
Managing Editor

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Poetry Workshop

From Josie Mixon:

Good Day my fellow poets and supporters of poetry,

Please join us on Wednesday, October 20th at 6:00pm at Barnes and Noble, Ingram Park, for our fabulous poetry workshop with Jim Brandenburg who constantly amazes us with his extraordinary way of helping us think outside the box. We have had some amazing poetry come out of this workshop. The workshop is followed by open mic hosted by Josie Mixon where you can read your own poetry or from your favorite author. Our special feature presents at 8:00pm and our featured guest is the wonderful Jim LaVilla-Havellin. Please read below.

Jim LaVilla-Havelin is a poet, educator, and arts administrator. Author of four books of poems – RITES OF PASSAGE (Charon Press 1968), WHAT THE DIAMOND DOES IS HOLD IT ALL IN (White Pine Press 1978),

SIMON’S MASTERPIECE (White Pine Press 1983), and most recently, COUNTING (Pecan Grove Press, 2010).

LaVilla-Havelin’s poems have appeared in TEXAS OBSERVER, anthologies - IS THIS FOREVER. OR WHAT? and BETWEEN HEAVEN & TEXAS, and in the 2006 - 2011 editions of the TEXAS POETRY CALENDAR, and in BIG LAND,BIG SKY,BIG HAIR, Dos Gatos Press’ anthology from the Texas Poetry Calendar.

LaVilla-Havelin’s essays and criticism have appeared in CERAMICS MONTHLY, CERAMICS: ART & PERCEPTION, and SURFACE DESIGN JOURNAL. A co-founder of the San Antonio Arts Education Task Force, LaVilla-Havelin is the Director of the Young Artist Programs at the Southwest School of Art.

La Villa-Havelin is the San Antonio Coordinator for National Poetry Month, and is the Poetry Editor at the Express-News.

Josie Mixon

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Jordan Dane's Gemini Ink Workshop

From Gemini Ink:


Hello. Hope you’re doing well. I wanted to thank you for your continued support of Gemini Ink. Your frequent posts about our classes and events really do help us.

The last SLHW meeting I attended, y’all mentioned Jordan Dane being an upcoming guest speaker. I’m not sure if this has happened already, but if not we urge you to spread the word about Dane’s upcoming workshop. We think SLHW members might be interested in an upcoming young adult writing-themed workshop with Dane.

Dane will conduct a one-day workshop focusing on the basics of writing for the young adult market. In the Arms of Stone Angels (Harlequin Teen, 2011) will be the first of two young adult novels written by Dane. Although she broke into the scene as a suspense novelist, Dane has found herself dabbling in both writing markets. She shows a tremendous passion and dedication to the craft, and is prepared to share her whirlwind journey of becoming a published writer to those who attend the workshop.

If you or anyone you know is interested in signing up for the workshop, please note we do offer a limited amount of scholarships. I’ve attached a scholarship form for your convenience.

Below is a course description:

Writing for the Young Adult Market: Where Do I Begin?
Level: All
Instructor: Jordan Dane

Interested in writing for one of the hottest genres in the publishing industry? Young adult novelist Jordan Dane shares what she’s learned about trends / themes / subgenres in the Young Adult market, the unique voice, how to create believable characters, and where to get ideas for books targeting teens 12-18 years old. This two-hour discussion workshop will be geared for aspiring authors and published authors wanting to learn about YA. And for three attendees, Jordan will provide a first chapter critique. Names will be drawn during the workshop and after winners provide their first chapter via email, Jordan will send written feedback within two weeks of submission.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 16, 1 – 3pm
Limit: 12 Participants
Registration Deadline: Friday, Oct. 15
Teachers CPE Credits: 4 Language Arts
Fee: $58

Jennifer Herrera
Communications Director
Gemini Ink
513 S. Presa :: San Antonio, TX :: 78205
210.734.9673 p :: 210.737.0688 f

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Gaby Madrid Interview

Fellow member Maria "Gaby" Madrid is interviewed by Mayra Calvani, Latino Books Examiner:


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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Monday's Meeting

Just a small, pleasent reminder that the next meeting of the Society of Latino and Hispanic Writers of San Antonio will be at the Barnes and Noble, San Pedro Crossing on Monday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. This month's guest speaker is Jose Antonio Lopez, author of "The Last Knight (Don Bernardo Gutierrez de Lara Uribe, A Texas Hero)" and "Nights of Wailing, Days of Pain (Life in 1920s South Texas)."

Gaby Madrid will also be speaking about submitting stories/poems to "Voices de la Luna."

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Regency Era Costumes

Sponsored by San Antonio Romance Authors
Presented by Margaret Mitchell
UIW Costumer

Wednesday - October 20, 2010
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm

J.E. & L.E. Mabee Library
Room 115 Library Auditorium
University of the Incarnate Word Campus

For more details and parking information, visit the San Antonio Romance Authors website:

Carol Kilgore
Vice President/Communications
San Antonio Romance Authors

Friday, October 08, 2010

Monday's Meeting

Fellow Writer,

Just a small, pleasent reminder that the next meeting of the Society of Latino and Hispanic Writers of San Antonio will be at the Barnes and Noble, San Pedro Crossing on Monday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. This month's guest speaker is Jose Antonio Lopez, author of "The Last Knight (Don Bernardo Gutierrez de Lara Uribe, A Texas Hero)" and "Nights of Wailing, Days of Pain (Life in 1920s South Texas)."


Tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 9, Dr. Rafael Castillo will do a book signing at Barnes and Noble, La Cantera, along with a presentation, on his book "Aurora." Dr. Castillo was our guest speaker last month and he did a wonderful job with his presentation.

Author Event
Local author Rafael Castillo will be in our store on Saturday, October 9 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.
Saturday October 09, 2010 2:00 PM

The Shops at La Cantera
15900 La Cantera Parkway Bldg 27, San Antonio, TX 78256, 210-558-2078


The Palo Alto College Department of English cordially invites you to meet Alan Cheuse, NPR's "Voices of Books." Alan will give a talk on "Reading and Writing in the Digital Age" followed by a question and answer session.

Monday, Oct. 11
1p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Palo Alto College, Guadalupe Hall, Room 119
Free and open to the public

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Meet Alan Cheuse

Palo Alto College
Department of English
Cordially invites you to meet

National Public Radio
"Voices of Books"

Alan will give a talk on
"Reading and Writing in the Digital Age"
followed by a question and answer session

Monday, Oct. 11
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Guadalupe Hall, Rm 119

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Palo Alto College Hispanic Heritage Month event: “alurista” Tunaluna the Texas Book Tour. Poetry/Platica. Today, Friday, Oct. 8, in the PAC Student Center at Noon. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

News from Gemini Ink

From Gemini Ink:

I just wanted to send y’all a quick announcement about Bobby and Lee Byrd of Cinco Punto Press visiting San Antonio this weekend. They’re conducting multiple workshops and consultations this weekend, all of which will interest SLHW members!

If you or other group members would like to register for any (or all!) class(es), let us know! Keep in mind we have a few available scholarships. For your convenience, I have attached a scholarship form. If you’re interested in applying for a scholarship, contact our University Without Walls interim director, Daniel Torres at

Making Poems from the Right Side of Your House

Level: All

Instructor: Bobby Byrd

We all come to making poems with certain rigid ideas about what a poem is – how it should act out in public. What should these word things do for us? Writing lyric poetry, poems about ourselves and our lives, makes our poems even more susceptible to sentimentality and our personal hang-ups. Lyric poems can end up like children: the only person not bothered by them is the poet. Thus, in our workshop our everyday lives will be the subjects of our poems, but we will let participants be free with their language and their poetry. We’ll try to quit worrying about what a poem MEANS. Let it mean what it means. We’ll have fun and play with the language. Anything might happen on the way to the poem. But always the content of the poem will be our own lives.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 9, 10am – noon

Limit: 15 Participants

Registration Deadline EXTENDED: Friday, Oct. 8

Teachers CPE Credits: 2 Language Arts

Discounted Fee: $58

Getting Published
Level: Intermediate and Advanced
Instructor: Lee Merrill Byrd

Curious what publishers look for when they acquire manuscripts? Or what they see when they see your manuscript? Publisher Lee Byrd of Cinco Puntos Press has been in the publishing business for 25 years. She and her husband Bobby Byrd have developed their own unique vision of publishing. Lee doesn’t always know what she’s looking for, but when she sees a manuscript with a certain quality, she knows she’s found it! This workshop will help you to think more about the mysterious alchemy between a manuscript and an editor, with an eye to helping you get your own work published.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 9, 10am – noon

Limit: 15 Participants

Registration Deadline EXTENDED: Friday, Oct. 8

Teachers CPE Credits: 2 Language Arts

Discounted Fee: $58

Private Editorial Consultations
Level: Intermediate and Advanced
Instructor: Lee and Bobby Byrd

Lee and Bobby Byrd are the founders of Cinco Puntos Press in El Paso, TX. The husband and wife duo will be accepting 30 manuscripts (15 poetry and 15 fiction) for 20 minute, individual editorial consultations Each manuscript must consist of 10 to 15 pages of writing. Space is limited; call Gemini Ink to make an appointment.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 9 and Sunday, Oct. 10 by appointment

Limit: 30 Participants

Registration Deadline EXTENDED: Friday, Oct. 8

Required Manuscript: Manuscripts must be mailed to 701 Texas Avenue, El Paso, TX 79901 upon registration. If the pages are fiction, please mark the envelope ATTN: Lee Byrd / Gemini Ink Consultation; if they are poetry then mark the envelope ATTN: Bobby Byrd / Gemini Ink Consultation

Discounted Fee: $72

ALSO … they’ll be conducting a free and open to the public reading this Saturday:

Faculty Reading

Join Gemini Ink for a special Saturday reading featuring faculty members Lee and Bobby Byrd of Cinco Puntos Press and Ámbar Past of Taller Leñateros.

DATE: Saturday, Oct. 9; 7pm

WHERE: Gemini Ink, 513 S. Presa, San Antonio, TX 78205

COST: Free and open to the public

Jennifer Herrera
Communications Director
Gemini Ink
513 S. Presa :: San Antonio, TX :: 78205
210.734.9673 p :: 210.737.0688 f


Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Bihl Haus Arts Celebration

Dear Friends of Bihl Haus Arts,

Friday night is going to be an amazing evening at Bihl Haus Arts. We are celebrating our 5th year in existence! We can’t believe it either! To celebrate we are going to hold our first-ever silent auction. But it won’t be just any silent auction. At auction will be hard-bound copies of the book "Golondrina, why did you leave me?" by author Barbara Renaud Gonzalez, embellished by more than 40 amazing San Antonio artists, including Danville Chadbourne, Joan Frederick, Angel Rodriguez-Diaz, David Zamora Casas, Jane Madrigal, John Davis, Franco Mondini-Ruiz, Jimena Marin, Kat Brown, and many more! They're painting, drawing, and adding photos and objects to the books in singular ways. The books began arriving at Bihl Haus yesterday, and they are gorgeous, and sensuous, and funny, and charming, and poignant. One even talks! I could go on and on. . . Add all of this visual art to Barbara's passionate prose, and you've got the absolutely perfect blend of art and text that would make an extraordinary gift or a beautiful one-of-a-kind addition to your library or art collection.

This auction will be a wonderful event and fundraiser for Bihl Haus Arts. Funds raised will help support Bihl Haus Arts programming. So, please join us this FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, from 6 to 9+ pm for our first-ever silent auction.

Cocktails and bidding begin at 6:00 pm. The evening includes antojitos, música y mas! At 7:30 Barbara will read a fiery excerpt from her novel to the jazzy strains of percussionist Joaquin Abrego. Bidding closes at 8:30, followed by the big finale when actors recreate the titillating salsa-rumba-tango-flamenco “Golondrina” dance scene. The evening culminates with poolside (weather permitting) dancing to the sensational hip hop infused rock and Latin rhythms of Los Nahuatlatos. Oh, and birthday cake, too! So, get your dancing shoes on, bring your wallets and checkbooks, and join us for a dazzling celebration of text, art, music, food, dance, and 5 years of outstanding programming at Bihl Haus Arts this Friday, October 8th, starting at 6 pm. Suggested donation: $5.00


P.S. Los Nahuatlatos are hot, hot, hot! See the Express Weekender review at

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, October 04, 2010

Chapbook Competition

From Marcela Landres:

CHAPBOOK COMPETITION--Deadline: October 31. The Black River Chapbook Competition is a semi-annual prize from Black Lawrence Press for a chapbook of short stories or poems. The winner receives $500 and publication. For more information, visit

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Poetry Chapbook Award

From Marcela Landres:

POETRY CHAPBOOK AWARD--Deadline: November 1. A prize of $1000 and publication by Autumn House Press and in Coal Hill Review is awarded to a poetry chapbook. For more information, visit

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Edna Campos Gravenhorst

Edna Campos Gravenhorst
Here's a link regarding fellow member, Edna Campos Gravenhorst, author and historical researcher.