Thursday, March 31, 2011

Spanish Group Meeting

Hola amigos del grupo de escritores, Los esperamos éste próximo Lunes, 4 de Abril del 2011 a las 7:30 p.m. en Barnes & Noble de La Cantera para nuestra junta mensual en español. En base a la plática que presentó Daniel Weinfeld acerca del arte, anexo foto de arte moderno para que se inspiren. Pueden escribir acerca de esta obra o cualquier otra que deseen. También pueden traer sus borradores de cualquier cuento/poema/artículo que estén trabajando. Yo no voy a poder asistir pues salgo de viaje, pero espero verlos a todos la siguiente semana en Cinco Minutos with you! Y como decía Martha, escríbelo o se pierde, Saludos, Bertha

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Awaken the Sleeping Poet

Awaken the Sleeping Poet, Barnes & Noble This Thursday Night! March 31st Margaret Mayberry and Karen Schneider. Margaret and Karen are excellent poets who read their poetry very well. I expect both pathos and humor, poignancy and frivolity from these two fine poets. Also, they are two of the most gracious, modest, and sincere ladies I have the pleasure of knowing. If you know them, you know what I'm talking about. If you don't know them, come out and meet them and you'll quickly learn how charming they are, and that my words do not do them justice. Bring yourself! Bring a friend! Bring a poem! See you Thursday night! So put March 31 at 7 p.m. in your brains. It will be another great night of poetry at Awaken the Sleeping Poet, Barnes and Noble. Regards, Your Host: Floyd (Michaud) L. Lamrouex

Monday, March 28, 2011

Request for Submissions

Request for Submissions

The Lost Border: Essays on how life and culture have been changed by the violence along the U.S.-Mexico border

This new anthology will focus on the unique life and culture along the U.S.-Mexico border that has been changed and even lost because of the recent drug violence. This book will feature writers from both sides of the border who explore the culture that has been changed or lost, the lives that have been split in two, and the way of life that has been interrupted, or even eradicated, by the violence along the border.

Some of the questions that might be explored are: What way of life has been lost due to the recent violence? What are the ramifications of this change for culture, politics, families, institutions, the arts, and even individual psyches? Will it be possible to regain what has been truncated? What might the border’s future be? Are there any positive side-effects?

We hope that writers will conjure the past in telling moments and reflect on the forces that have spun out of control to destroy the unique bi-national, bicultural existence of la frontera. Location is a vitally important and intrinsic element of the essays we seek, and each essay should show substantial ties to the border through the essayist’s lived experience. We anticipate that the writing will draw scholars as well as those in the general public who wish to thoughtfully negotiate the border’s current complexities.

The publisher of this project will be Arte Público Press and the anticipated publication date is in 2012.

Please read the submission guidelines and follow them. We look forward to reading your submission. We will contact you by email about acceptance or rejection of your essay.

Sarah Cortez ( and Sergio Troncoso (


Submission Guidelines:

The deadline is August 1, 2011 postmark, without exceptions. The length of the essay should be 3,000 to 6,000 words; please title your essay. The essay should be unpublished and written in English. All contributors shall be Latino/a.

Each essay should be typed in Times Roman 12-point type with standard manuscript formatting for margins and spacing.

Include your name, snail-mail address, two contact phone numbers, two email addresses, and exact word count in the top left margin of the first page of your manuscript.

We do not accept electronic submissions. Mail two hard copies of the essay and your bio to Sergio
Troncoso, 2373 Broadway, Suite 1808 , New York , NY 10024 . No submission will be returned; please keep a copy for your records.

Please include a one-paragraph biography summarizing your publishing credits. Include a sentence or two that defines your relationship with the border (e.g. cities or towns lived in, length of residence/familiarity).

If your essay is accepted, we will need an electronic file as a Word document. We will contact you about suggested revisions.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Las Comadres Worldwide Comadrazo 2011

Good afternoon all,

You are receiving this author reading update because you indicated interest in participating in Las Comadres WorldWide Comadrazo 2011 scheduled for Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30, 2011. Dulce Bread & Book Shop will be organizing the two-day author readings and book sales for Las Comadres Book Nook section. Please confirm your registration to the conference as each author will need to be registered to attend. If you are in need of lodging, Austin comadres have opened their homes to host traveling comadres and compadres.

In order to organize the author readings and attempt to accommodate each author’s preferences, I will need the following information from you as soon as possible.

1. Day(s) prefer to read? Friday, Saturday, or both

2. Time of day prefer to read? Morning-ish, Noon-ish, Afternoon-ish, or exact time

3. Title, publisher, ISBN, price, binding of work(s) you will be promoting

4. Will you be supplying your own inventory? Dulce can obtain copies for author events?

5. Ability to volunteer to help with book sales throughout the two days? Yes, No, What time(s)?

6. Best contact information?

7. Please feel free to pass this information along to other Latin@ authors that might like to participate or send me their contact info.

I look forward to this Latin@ Author event at Las Comadres WWComadrazo 2011! If you have any creative ideas and/or suggestions please contact me. Dulce’s mission is to advocate and promote authors of color and their treasured works of literature.

Teresa Carbajal Ravet

Teresa Carbajal Ravet, MA
bilingual culturist writer Ÿ blogger Ÿ translator
Tel. 512.633.4327
Austin Latino Neighborhood Examiner

Saturday, March 26, 2011

An Invitation from Eduardo to Jazz Poet Society

Quiero informarles que el Jazz Poet Society has a new venue. We moved to GIG, it's a performance space at 2803 N. St. Mary's, next door to Salute International Bar. The cross street is Huisache. Due to availability, we also changed the day of our presentation to Mondays, with a writing workshop at 7pm and the Jazz Poetry Band starts playing at 8pm. Our first gig at GIG was tremendous. The sound was great, the place is cozy, so welcome all. Eduardo 210-573-5115

An Inviation From Gaby

Dear all: Here is the invitation taking place on April 2 . Please post the information in your blogs.At the exhibition our fellow writer and painter Alejandro Rosales will show his superb work.


Public Invitation
"Official Fiesta Event " ... Fiesta is San Antonio's citywide party!
This is an all open air arts experience to see, buy and enjoy.
On April 2nd see 60 multi-national and local professional sculptors,
plus see our 1st statewide professional artists show.
Enjoy 100 big outdoor sculptures, numerous paintings, small sculptures and
other fine arts in one 6 acre gardened venue.
Our first year the participating organizations are the Texas Society of Sculptors,
and the San Antonio Visual Artists group.

Grand Opening! April 2nd, 11a - 5p
Art show on grand opening day only!
Big Sculpture show all April weekends - Sa/Su's 11am to 5pm ;
$5 admission at the gate

Villa del Carmen Sculpture Conservatory
11354 Vance Jackson, San Antonio, Texas 78230
See Map and Directions
Contact 210-696-9813
Presented by
'Excellence in outdoor sculpture and art' - through education, exhibit and celebration
Call For Entry 2011 * Polices * Register * Public Invitation
*Prior Show Photos/ Sculptor Lists *

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

UTSA and Sagebrush Review Presentation

Monthly Literary Evening
UTSA and Sagebrush Review Presentation
Wednesday 23 March 2011
Poetry Workshop by Cooper Harris at 6 PM
Featured Poet
Alexander Cruz at 7 PM
Open Mic by Debra Pena
Barnes & Noble at the Shops at La Cantera
15900 La Cantera Parkway Bldg 27 San Antonio, TX 78256

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Anti-Bullying/Allies SafeZone Training

From Our Lady of the Lake University:

Hello everyone,

The purpose of this email is to enlist your support in promoting an anti-bullying/allies training targeting high school youth. Specifically, we are asking you to announce, forward, post to Facebook the invitation below (also attached as a jpg image) so that we can reach as many San Antonio area high school aged youth as possible. This training is also available to those who work with youth.

What: Anti-Bullying/Allies SafeZone Training, an event of Our Lady of the Lake University's Gay-Straight Alliance and Worden School of Social Service Social Work Students

When: Saturday, April 2, 2011, 9:00a-4:00p

Where: Our Lady of the Lake University's Sueltenfuss Library Community Room

Cost: FREE with pre-registration includes free breakfast, lunch, manual, parking; sign up/register by Thursday, March 31, 2011

To Register/For Questions: Email or call 434-6711, ext. 2502

A message from Jennifer Iruegas, President of OLLU's Gay Straight Alliance: My classmates and I are reaching out to you to support our effort to help stop the rising epidemic of bullying, specifically bullying that targets youth who are or are perceived to be lesbian, gay, transgender, or bisexual. This opportunity to act as an active ally and advocate comes to you at a time of increased importance. The Safe Zone Training is organized by social work majors who have witnessed the strong need for the community and employees of the school districts to assist in the fight against bullycide, bullying, and hate crimes geared toward the LGBTQ population. Gay and lesbian youth deserve our support as they often struggle in isolation. This event will provide a chance for gay youth and their allies to come together in mutual support.

We really appreciate your time in taking these few minutes to read over this message and consider your option to help students break their silence.

In community,

Cynthia Medina
Assistant Professor, Worden School of Social Service
Our Lady of the Lake University
411 S.W. 24th Street
San Antonio, TX 78207
Office: 210-434-6711, ext. 2502

Jennifer Iruegas
President, The Alliance


Sunday, March 20, 2011

From Bihl Haus Arts

From Bihl Haus Arts:

Dear Friends of Bihl Haus Arts,

And now for something totally different! Please click on
to receive an extraordinary video invitation to our next event at Bihl Haus Arts, then let me know what you think!

Bihl Haus v. The Alamo

“I was born here,” a multi-media tableau, THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 6-9 pm

For the fifth year in a row, Bihl Haus Arts, built from Alamo stone, takes on The Alamo through the arts. In a multi-media tableau, titled “I Was Born Here. Roses are yellow and the Alamo is a blood-tree” produced by Bihl Haus Arts, creator Virginia Grise (2010 Yale Drama Award recipient) re-imagines “Remember El Alma,” Bihl Haus Arts’ crucially acclaimed 2010 Luminaria performance.

The original poem by Barbara Renaud Gonzalez, also titled “Remember El Alma,” forms the cornerstone of “I Was Born Here,” a recurring poignant line in the poem that has been reinterpreted in multiple forms for this event. In a new film, edited by Mirasol Riojas, currently a PhD candidate in film at UCLA, with camerawork by award-winning cinematographer Pocha Pena and art direction by Virginia Grise, 6-year-old Inez Barrera charmingly interprets the poem from a child’s point of view In the live performance at Bihl Haus on March 24th, an ensemble cast--Marisela Barrera, Monique Cortez, Natalie Goodnow, and Olupero Aiyenimelo—will re-stage the poem to haunting melodies composed and performed live by Rachel Cruz, PhD.

This live production will be set amid a new site-specific installation by Deborah Kuetzpalin Vasquez that features four large-scale painted tapestries depicting goddesses who symbolize the cardinal directions, with which Bihl Haus Arts aligns perfectly. Fresh flowers and fronds will transform the gallery space into a dreamlike world situated beneath a canopy of shimmering metallic-toned branches and boughs.

This all-female production, an official CAM event, also celebrates Women’s History Month. Please arrive at Bihl Haus by 7 pm to enjoy the full performance. A suggested donation of $5 at the door would be greatly appreciated.

Remember the Bihl Haus!


P.S. This production was made possible in part with generous support from Dr. Raphael Guerra and Sandra Castro Guerra, the Texas Commission on the Arts through the San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs, the Potashnik Family Foundation, and Primrose at Monticello Park Senior Apartments.

P.S.S. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone who might be interested and to print and post the attached invitation in conspicuous places!

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, March 19, 2011

Cinco Minutos with You

From the President of the Society of Latino and Hispanic Writers of San Antonio:


I hope everyone is getting their stories, poems, etc, ready for the Society’s Cinco Minutos With You on Monday, April 11, 2011 at 7:30 p.m, B/N, San Pedro.

The Officers set up some guidelines in order to give the event some structure. Before you can read at this event, each writer has to submit their work to our 1st Vice President, Santiago Daydi-Tolson and his team of reviewers. In order to keep up the tradition of the Cinco Minutos, we need everyone's participation with your wonderful stories and poems. Deadline is March 28, 2011.

Please join us on April 11, 2011 for quality readings.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at You may forward your writings to our 1st Vice President, Santiago Daydi-Tolson at for review and selection.


Lupe M. Gonzalez
Society of Latino and Hispanic Writers

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Poetry at Barnes and Noble, Ingram Festival

From Josie Mixon:

Please join us on Wednesday, March 16, at Barnes and Noble Ingram Festival, for a fabulous night of poetry. It is almost St. Patrick's Day so if you have related poetry please share it with us. We begin at 6:00pm with a wonderful poetry workshop with my favorite poetry therapist, Jim Brandenburg followed by open mic at 7:00pm with Josie Mixon. Our special guest presents at 8:00pm and reads until we release him or her. Ok until time is up. Our featured guest for March 16th is the wonderful Palmer Hall.

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Diane Gonzales Bertrand

Diana Gonzales Bertrand will be speaking to the Society on Monday, March 14 with a writing workshop titled “Backbones to Building a Novel" at the regularly monthly meeting at Barnes & Noble at 7:30 pm. She will talk about how she developed her novels, and also include a couple of writing exercises for the audience to create stronger foundations for their own novel writing.
Copies of some of her novels will be available for sale at the meeting. During the talk, she will reference three books: The Ruiz Street Kids/Los Muchachos de la Calle Ruiz, Trino's Choice and her new book, The F Factor.

In January, Bertrand presented a fun and informative mini-workshop on writing from images and taking one or two words to create a paragraph that can lead to a story.

Be sure and attend the meeting at the Barnes and Noble, San Pedro Crossing location, on March 14. It promises to be very informative.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

A Brief History of the Arts




TIME: 12:00 TO 2:00 PM
37 N.E. LOOP 410 (410 & McCULLOUGH)
PH: 366-2424





Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Sagebrush Review Update

From the Sagebrush Review:

Greetings all,

Apologies for not getting this notice out sooner. It has been a wild and revealing - or wildly revealing - past few weeks, but we at the Review are pressing onward. Many of you have been asking about the March open mic which, according to our previous month-to-month schedule, should be pinned for this Friday the 11th. We are now considering new venues for the Sagebrush events to more thoroughly explore what this brilliant city has to offer in the way of open mic-friendly establishments. We may have to push back this week's reading to after spring break, unless someone can contact one of us at the Review in the next few days with a viable option for a venue this Friday.

Beyond the urgency of locating a venue for this week, you are all invited and encouraged (if so compelled) to join us in the search for alternative venues in San Antonio to be considered for future Sagebrush events. The Review and its audiences/supporters have enjoyed a long and productive relationship with Candlelight Coffeehouse & Bar, and we are ever grateful for their resources and warmth, however it is time to chart a new path. Please contact anyone associated with the Review with suggestions for new venues for these open mics, which I'm pleased to declare have been rapidly growing in intensity and attendance over the course of the past few months.

In another area, we are approaching the conclusion of our submission-selection process for volume 6 and should have confirmation of the chosen pieces by the end of the week. Despite the chaos this year's regime has suffered, we do promise to have a completed volume for 2010-2011 that humbly yet confidently steps beyond its predecessors in terms of quality and content. Oh yes, be excited.

One final note:
David Hale (Assistant Editor) and I will be reading tonight (March 9th) on behalf of the Sagebrush Review at the Hilton Palacio del Rio on S. Alamo St. in honor of National Poetry Month. The evening promises to be prolific and comfortable and boasts the presence of many dynamic authors. I'll include some details at the end of the message. If you could use a night off from school/work/responsibilities (like I could) and wish to venture downtown for a night of wonders, come say hello to us at the Hilton Palacio del Rio and enjoy some live poetry. Event starts at 7 PM.

*Hilton Palacio del Rio
200 S. Alamo Street, San Antonio, TX 78205; 210-222-1400
The actual room has not been set; please ask the receptionist to direct you.

Readers for March 9:
Anel Flores
Ben Tremillo
Laurie Guerrero
Robert Garcia
Anna Padilla
Cooper Harris
David Hale
Carolina Hinojosa
Vincent Toro

Cooper Dale Harris
Managing Editor
Sagebrush Review

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Monday, March 07, 2011

Awaken the Sleeping Poet at the Twig

Awaken the Sleeping Poet at the Twig
Next Tuesday night, March 8:
Steve Johnson and Harold Warford
Warning: You will laugh! (And you might hear an expletive or two)

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson is Texas-born, but moved often, living in Mexico, Canada, Columbia and Venezuela, before returning to the USA at age 11. His father was a construction superintendent and the family moved often. After high school graduation in Minnesota, he returned to Texas to attend college, receiving a BS in Education in 1966, and Masters in Sociology in 1974.


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 next Tuesday.

Steve and Harold will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Then it's open mic from 8:00 to 8:50
Then our poets will read an encore poem from 8:50 to 9:00


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.

Bring yourself; bring a friend; bring a poem!
See you March 8th!

Floyd L. Lamrouex
(210) 656-3131

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Congratulations, Gaby

Maria G. Madrid Receives Houston Award:

Enclosed is everything about the event and a small biography of the 25 women involved.

Congratulations, Gaby!

Friday, March 04, 2011

Congratulations, Mary Lou Barrera!

Congratulations to Mary Lou Barrera, her short story from the bilingual Vamos al Baile series titled "El Mosquito Americano (The American Mosquito)," has been accepted for publication in the 2011 Tejano Conjunto Festival magazine by the Guadalupe Cultural Art Center. The center is celebrating its 30th annual Conjunto Festival May 10-15.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

SARA Meeting

Join the SAN ANTONIO ROMANCE AUTHORS at their monthly meeting and a program on revising a manuscript when the problems are more than your spell checker and thesaurus can fix. This workshop will unveil three levels of revisions that will take your book from an unhealthy, flabby mess, to a thing of beauty your editor will love.

Wednesday – March 16

Grady’s BBQ
327 E. Nakoma

Come as early as 6 p.m. to order food and eat, mix and mingle in the Party Room. The meeting will begin at 6:30.

Our speaker will be award-winning historical author Robyn DeHart who will present “Bigger Than Botox: practical instructions for when your book needs more than a face lift.” You can find Robyn on-line at or

Come share in the fun and learn how to give your flat-lining manuscript a heart transplant!

For more information see the SARA website:

Carol Kilgore
San Antonio Romance Authors

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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Spanish Group Meeting March 7

Hola amigos del grupo de escritores,

Los esperamos éste próximo Lunes, 7 de Marzo del 2011 a las 7:30 p.m. a nuestra junta mensua en español. Anexo foto para que se inspiren y también el siguiente aviso que considero muy importante.

Resulta que la reunión pasada comentamos que hay muchas oportunidades para publicar y debemos aprovecharlas. Nos gustaría invitar a todas las personas interesadas para que se comprometan a mandar en el transcurso del 2011 ya sea un artículo para su publicación o a un concurso.

No se trata tan sólo de decir “Sí, lo voy a hacer”; sino también de ayudarnos unos a otros, tener una lista de participantes en el proyecto y trabajar la obra juntos. Si quieres participar mándame tu nombre y el proyecto en que te gustaría trabajar. Si no es posible que asistas a las juntas, nos puedes enviar tu borrador por e-mail y entre los asistentes a las juntas del primer Lunes del mes en Barnes & Noble de la Cantera o las personas interesadas en participar por e-mail, te proporcionaremos comentarios y crítica constructiva.
Dado que nuestros recursos son bastante limitados, el compromiso es para trabajar artículos, cuentos, poesia y ensayos de un máximo de 5 hojas a doble espacio. No tenemos la capacidad de trabajar novelas.

El propósito no es que nos publiquen a todos, sino que hagamos un esfuerzo por acercarnos a la meta deseada y para eso se tienen que enviar los trabajos a los editores.

Si te interesa participar en este proyecto comunitario, envíame un e-mail a Podemos aceptar a 10 personas en este proyecto, si no quieres participar, puedes seguir asistiendo a las juntas, aprenderemos mucho.
Fecha límite para inscribirte: Marzo 31, 2011.

Posibles Fuentes de Concursos: – lista de concursos literarios en español (poesía, narrativa y prosa)
Instituto de Cultura Peruana en Miamai, Fl -
(La convocatoria de este concurso aún no se abre para el 2011, pero el concurso por lo general cierra en Junio.)

Fuentes con potencial para publicarnos:
1. LabraPalabra – La revista virtual del Dr. Santiago Daydi-Tolson
2. Voices de La Luna – La revista editada por nuestra compañera Gabriela Madrid
3. Latino Digest – Revista virtual de nuestro compañero Ruben Soto
4. PlayersofLife – Revista editada por nuestra compañera Rebeca Gomez

Y por supuesto, cualquier otra fuente de la cual estén ustedes enterados y quieran compartir.

Hagámos de éste 2011 un año lleno de éxitos para todos los miembros de la Sociedad de Escritores Latinos e Hispanos de San Antonio!

Saludos cordiales,

Bertha Jacobson

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Poetry at Ingram Festival

From Josie Mixon:

Good Day My Fellow Poets,

It is time once more to gather with our muse on Wednesday, March 2, at Barnes and Noble, Ingram Festival. We begin at 6 p.m., with a fabulous poetry workshop with Jim Brandenburg followed with open mic with Josie Mixon.

Our special guest for the evening, Dr. Mo Saidi will present at 8 p.m. Please join us for a fabulous night of poetry.

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