Wednesday, November 30, 2011

SLHW Membership Drive

Dear Member,

The Society of Latino and Hispanic Writers of San Antonio celebrated seven years on July, 2011. In that time we have had the good fortune to become a 501( c) (3) non-profit organization. As such, we are eligible to apply for grants to further our members writing careers and to contribute to the community as well.

However, in order to do this, we need to become a viable organization with funds. To reach our goals, both short term and long term, we are going to implement a membership drive beginning November 2011 through January 31, 2012. We will email a membership application to all the members we now have who have provided us with their email addresses. At this time we will also ask for annual dues of $25. You may mail the money to the following address:

The Society of Latino and Hispanic Writers of San Antonio

P. O. Box 160311
San Antonio, TX 78280

The benefits you will receive if you become a dues-paying member of the Society are as follows:

Read at our quarterly Cinco Minutos With You
Discount on fees for workshops not held at regular meeting times at Barnes & Noble
Participate in book fairs and other book events with the support of the Society
Monthly electronic newsletter (may also contribute articles/ story excerpts to newsletter)
Author link on Society’s website

You annual dues are tax-deductible since we are a non-profit organization.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at


Lupe M. Gonzalez
The Society of Latino and Hispanic Writers of San Antonio

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Poetry for the People

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Univision Offers Social Media Training

San Antonio, Tuesday, November 29, 2011 • WHEN: Registration at 9 a.m.; workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. • WHERE: United Way at 700 South Alamo, San Antonio, TX. • RSVP: Reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis exclusively for the non-profit community in the San Antonio area. Attendees must RSVP by emailing their full contact information to Amparo Ortiz at by Wednesday, November 23. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hispanicize, the complete resource for Latino social media marketers and bloggers, and Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, have joined forces to provide free in-depth communications training to non-profits serving Latino communities through an unprecedented program: “Latino Social Media for Social Good.” The initiative consists of free Hispanic social media and communications trainings – taking place in Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Washington D.C. – that will help non-profits harness the power of Facebook, Twitter,’s social platforms, blogs, press releases and traditional media relations.

Friday, November 25, 2011


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sign Up for Luminaria

From the San Antonio Current: Luminaria is next March 10, but artists who want to participate in San Antonio's big art night only have till December 9 to submit proposals. If you are a visual artist, musician, video artist, filmmaker, literary artist, performance poet, street performer, magician, architect, member of a dance or theater group, or a non-indexed creator hovering in space-time, check out the application posted at soon. Questions? Call (210) 212-4999, or run down to the Luminaria office.

Monday, November 21, 2011

VIA's Poetry Contest

VIA's Poetry Contest Called “Poetry on the Move,” the contest is open to anyone over 18 in Central and South Texas. Winning poems will be displayed on VIA buses during National Poetry Month in April 2012. Mail entries to: Jerri Ann Jones, Public Affairs, P.O. Box 12489, San Antonio, Texas, 78212. 10 lines or shorter, typed or printed, no faxes or emails. Include a cover letter with title of poem, one-line bio, name, address, telephone and email address. Call 210-362-2000.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Esperanza Pear Market needs Volunteers

the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center holds an annual Peace Market
where local artists and artisans from San Anto, Tejas, the US, and Latin America
sell a great variety of items for holiday gifts...or a gift for yourself
it is a great place to meet old friends and make new friends

they need volunteers to help out...
please contact to volunteer

Call to sign up (210) 228-0201

Before/ During/ After

Nov 25th & 26th
7:00 am - 11:00 am

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

• SPAN/ENG Interpreters • STAGE •
• Raffle Tix Sales & Regalitos • DOCUMENTARIANS-fotos, video • Vendor Check In/Out

7:00am - 11:00am l
Set Up / Concessions / Floaters / Parking & Peace Keepers / Stage/
Esperanza Tiendita
11:00am - 3:00pm l
Raffle Tix Sales / Interpreters / Stage / Documentarians / Vendor
Assistants / Floaters
3:00pm - 7/8:00pm l
Vendor Check Out / Clean Up / Floaters / Concessions /Interpreters/
Parking / Stage / Raffle Tix Sales

922 San Pedro Ave • San Antonio TX 78212 • 210.228.0201

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Terror on the Border

PublishAmerica is proud to announce the recent release of Juan Gilberto Quezada's new book: Terror on the Border!

Here's what the author says about the book: A family of four is gruesomely murdered inside a Catholic church in Nueva Santa Dolores, a Mexican border city across the Rio Grande from Santa Dolores, Texas. School administrator Whitaker Saxon and his wife, attorney Sylvia Brent Saxon, have their lavish and complacent lifestyle interrupted by unforeseen events: a multi-billion dollar drug cartel headed by the enigmatic Cobra, his right-hand man, the Scorpion, and the venerated Santa Muerte (the Holy Death), the grotesque and frightful patron saint of the Mexican Mafia. The Saxons are pulled into a world of danger and intrigue as Sylvia investigates a murder case, leading them into the trial of the 21st century and a Texas gubernatorial race of enormous historical significance if Sylvia, the first Latina woman, wins the election.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Duende de Lorca

UTSA Student Activities
is proud to announce
Duende de Lorca
A bilingual play by Teatro Milagro
Tuesday, November 15, 11:30 am
Buena Vista Meeting Assembly
Downtown Campus
Information: 210-458-2836

Federico García Lorca is celebrated the world over for his poetry, music and plays.
Yet at the age of 27, he was still a struggling artist living with his parents, staging
puppet plays that were laughed off the stage by the critics. His need for freedom
fueled his desire to succeed. In search of duende , his travels through New York and
Cuba became a quest for cultural integration.

Duende de Lorca follows the early years of Federico’s early successes from the opening night
of Mariana Pineda , followed by the printing of Gypsy Ballads and Poet in New York.
Audiences will share in his triumphs and failures and his relationships with Salvador
Dali, Melchor Almagro, Emilio Aladren and others as his journey from New York to
Cuba shapes his life and his art.

“The macabre and elegant words of Federico García Lorca have jumped from the page to the stage in Miracle Theatre’s current production. The bilingual one-act by Dañel Malán intersperses surreal, poetic flourishes with the grueling challenges the poet faced in his youth. Duende has some surprises: it’s not in every play that a down-in-the-dumps protagonist falls in love with a butterfly and is tormented by evil cockroaches. A showcase of Lorca’s dark and beautiful writing, Duende de Lorca is fully comprehensible to non-English and non-Spanish speakers alike. The actors’ breathless transition from English to Spanish allows viewers to hear Lorca’s sound and see Lorca’s vision with stunning clarity—a good challenge to the notion
that poetry can never be translated.” – Willamette Week, Jan. 19, 2011

Duende de Lorca is written by Teatro Milagro Artistic
Director Dañel Malan and directed by Matthew B. Zrebski.
Rory Stitt plays the lead role of Federico García Lorca.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Learn how to write a children's book!

Want to learn how to write a children's book? Meet San Antonio artist Thelma Muraida and local author Diane Gonzales Bertrand in a presentation of their new books and in sharing words of advice to aspiring artists and writers. 7:30 pm Monday, Nov. 14, Barnes and Noble Book Store San Pedro Crossings, 321 NW Loop 410 #104 San Antonio. Free and open to the public.

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Monday's SLHW Monthly Meeting

Words + Pictures = BOOKS!

San Antonio artist Thelma Muraida joins local author Diane Gonzales Bertrand in a presentation of their new books and in sharing words of advice to aspiring artists and writers. A chance meeting at a party three years ago between Muraida and Bertrand allowed them to not only catch up on news about the old neighborhood (both were raised in the Woodlawn Lake area), but also for Bertrand to encourage a former school friend to submit an artist’s portfolio to her Houston publisher, Arte Publico Press.

Together they celebrate the release of Muraida’s first illustrated picture book, Clara and the Curandera/Clara y la curandera (authored by Monica Brown) and Bertrand’s new bilingual title, Adelita and the Veggie Cousins/Adelita y las primas verduritas.

On Monday, November 14, at 7:30 pm during the monthly meeting of the Society of Hispanic and Latino Writers, Muraida and Bertrand will discuss the process of creating books for children from their different perspectives as illustrator and writer. Both will discuss their own creative process; discuss working with the book publisher, and offer suggestions to deal with rejection when the first concept or manuscript is declined. A question and answer session and a book signing will follow the presentation.

7:30 pm Monday, November 14, 2011
Barnes and Noble Book Store
San Pedro Crossings
321 NW Loop 410 #104
San Antonio, TX 78216

Friday, November 11, 2011

As Long as I Can Remember

UTSA Film Follow-Up:

what a great evening!!!!

the classroom holds 180
there were about vacant 20 seats...
but the back was filled with folks standing...

I thank you for your for supporting our Mexican American Studies program initiative
to building campus and community events

the event was announced in various media (la voz de esperanza, san antonio express news)
and Univision covered it on its 10 pm news cast (link below)


Here is the link to the Univision story about As Long as I Can Remember's screening at UTSA this week.

Estás Viendo: Documental rinde tributo a veteranos en Texas
By Arantxa Loizaga
KWEX (Univision, San Antonio)
El filme recoge vivencias, sentimientos y desahogos de los sobrevivientes del campo de batalla.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

"Black Like Me" Panel Discussion

‘Black Like Me' 50th anniversary panel discussion. Thursday, Nov. 10 at 2:10 p.m. Trinity University, Northrup Hall Auditorium. Discussion and Q&A sponsored by Gemini Ink features panelists Robert Bonazzi, Michael Nye, Carmen Tafolla, Anne Wallace, Cary Clack and Gary W. Houston. Moderated by Trinity English faculty member Michael Soto. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Palo Alto College Lecture

Tuesday, Nov. 8: Lecture 11:25 a.m., Pedernales Hall, Room 109, Palo Alto College, 1400 W. Villaret. FREE and open to the public. St. Mary's University professor William Israel discusses his book “A Nation Seized: How Karl Rove and the Political Right Stole Reality, Beginning With the News.”

Monday, November 07, 2011

Gonzalez Poem: Have you seen Peach?

Please enjoy Barbara Renaud Gonzalez's poem "Have you seen Peach?" which appeared in yesterday's San Antonio Express-News.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Growing Number of Veterans attending College

I would like to share with you this story which appears in today's San Antonio Express-News regarding the growing number of military veterans attending college. Palo Alto College is mentioned in the article.


Thursday, November 03, 2011

Laura Varela at UTSA Colloquium


National Recognition of Local Documentary Filmmaker

The University of Texas, San Antonio-October 20, 2011- - Throughout National Hispanic Heritage Month, As Long As I Remember, Laura Varela’s documentary on Chicanos during the Viet Nam War aired on PBS stations throughout the country. This film engages ideas about post-traumatic stress syndrome in the context of activism and the role of art in memory.

The Mexican American Studies (MAS) program, in conjunction with the Consortium for Social Transformation, History Department, and American Studies program at UTSA, will celebrate the national debut and recognition of San Antonio’s documentary filmmaker’s work. While documentary films are developing a market, the recognition of her work and the development of documentaries from a Chicana/o perspective are still needed.

It was Varela’s activism and work with the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) and support form the Humanities Texas Funding, and Latino Public Broadcasting that moved American Public Media to air this vital documentary.

Varela stated that her idea was always to have it on PBS, to get national audiences to understand the Mexican American experience. Prior to its national airing, the film has been presented at veteran’s centers, with veterans’ groups, and the response has been great. Ms. Varela has received many personal letters, like from a veteran who said that the film “filled a hole that couldn’t be healed.” Additionally, letters from children of Viet Nam vets, who felt alone in their experience, expressed having a fuller historical understanding of the era.

With this documentary, it is Varela’s hope to use the film as an educational venue for universities and high schools where discussions about Chicanos in the military, art, or PTSD would examine the different perspectives that the film offers.

The event is part of the Mexican American Studies Campus-Community Colloquium as part of UTSA’s strategic initiative to serve the public by offering programs that expand the community’s awareness of Mexican American history through the visual and cultural arts. The MAS/Community Colloquium with Laura Varela will be held on Wednesday, November 9th, at UTSA, Downtown Campus, Buena Vista Building. Reception begins at 5:30 pm and film with questions and answers to follow.

Contact Information:
Dr. Marie Miranda, Director Mexican American Studies

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

UTSA Social Work Project

Citizen’s Bill of Rights and
My City, My Voice

Citizen’s Bill of Rights and Responsibilities: My City, My Voice is the name of a project being undertaken by students from the Fall 2011 Advanced Communities class in the Department of Social Work at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).

The project is an outgrowth of the SA 2020 community sustainability initiative unveiled by Mayor Julián Castro at the UTSA Downtown Campus on March 19, 2011. More specifically, the project fits under the SA 2020 Government Accountability and Civic Engagement Vision Area. The primary objective of the project is to develop a Citizen’s Bill of Rights and Responsibilities that reflects the voices of a broad cross-section of the citizens of San Antonio. A secondary objective of the project is to create a transformative learning experience for students in the class.
The students are responsible for all aspects of the project, including reaching out to citizens and other stakeholders to obtain information that will serve as the basis for the Citizen’s Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, engaging the media to promote the work of the project, seeking in-kind and other donations, and organizing a final event at which the Citizen’s Bill of Rights and Responsibilities will be presented.

For further information about the Citizen’s Bill of Rights and Responsibilities Project contact Dr. Bob Ambrosino at (210) 458-2026 or e-mail us at

College of Public Policy
Department of Social Work
The University of Texas at San Antonio

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Gil Dominguez Releases New Book

PublishAmerica is proud to announce the recent release of Gil Dominguez's new book: The Deaths of Harry Stubbs and Other Stories!

Here's what the author says about the book: Strange things are happening in this collection that contains a novella and five stories: An English professor's near-death experience inexplicably changes the nature of the universe. A vision follows a troubled Vietnam veteran home from the war. A hitchhiker gets a ride from the wrong Jesus. A quiet insurance underwriter goes on a sudden and murderous rampage. A disembodied voice haunts its unfortunate victims. Mysterious creatures infest a man's home and his life. The characters in these tales are often caught up in circumstances and events that are beyond their control - and are not always able to survive the ordeal.

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