Tuesday, July 31, 2012

New Work by Barbara Jane Reyes



     Aztlan Libre Press, an independent Xican@ press based out of San Antonio, Texas, announces

the publication of its fourth book: For the City that Nearly Broke Me, by award-winning poet and

educator Barbara Jane Reyes.

     This collection of 28 poems is Barbara Jane Reyes at her urban political and poetic best.

M. Evelina Galang, author of Her Wild American Self and One Tribe, writes: “Scribe of global

soundscape, Reyes builds upon the heartbeat of literary and blood ancestors, feeding her ‘mythic

thirst for home’ as she journeys back to cities devastated and torn by the politics of race, history,

class and sexuality, greeting her like an outsider. And still, despite the cities’ fall from grace, each

gritty image, drawn on multiple languages and rhythms, is a love song, a reflection, a naming of

the self. Bittersweet, powerful and precise, I adore this important book and the work of Barbara

Jane Reyes.”

     Barbara Jane Reyes was born in Manila, Philippines, and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines and literary reviews, and

she is the author of six books including Diwata (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2010), which was a finalist for

the California Book Award, and Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish Press, 2005), which received the

James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets. She has taught at Mills College, and

at University of San Francisco Philippine Studies Program, and is the Co-Editor of Doveglion


     For the City that Nearly Broke Me is the inaugural publication in Aztlan Libre Press’ Indigenous

Voices Series. The Indigenous Voices Series will publish important literary, artistic and cultural

works by other American Indians and World Indigenous Voices.

     To purchase For the City that Nearly Broke Me, or other Aztlan Libre Press publications, visit

http://www.aztlanlibrepress.com/  For a review copy, contact Publishers/Editors Anisa Onofre or

Juan Tejeda at the telephone number or e-mail address below. Aztlan Libre Press books are also

available through Small Press Distribution at http://www.spdbooks.org/

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Bodies and Babies

Dear Friends of Bihl Haus Arts,

The addage 'paint what you know' comes through with a powerful force in our new show Bodies and Babies, images of motherhood, infertility, the body and children by painter KARI ROBERTS-SACKMANN, which opens with a reception this Friday, July 27th, from 5:30-8:30 pm. Wine and light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Kari, an artist of deft skill in depicting the human body, works from the personal--a series of intimate self-portraits records her struggles with infertility and pregnancy--and the scientific --as a registered nurse, she cares for preemies in a neo-natal intensive care unit. These luminous works are passionate, timeless. And timely, too. They come at a period rife with increasing attacks intended both to limit women's access to reproductive health care and to social spending programs that serve women.

So, please join us for this very special exhibit. And please save the date, too, for a discussion about Women's Health/Women's Bodies by Dr. Roberta Krueger, an OB/GYN specialist, and Mara Posada of Planned Parenthood on Thursday, August 16th, 7 pm.


Bihl Haus Arts (www.bihlhausarts.org) 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 Primrose and private donors. For more information, (210) 383-9723, or information@bihlhausarts.org

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Awaken the Sleeping Poet

Awaken the Sleeping Poet, Barnes & Noble

This Thursday: Classical and Contemporary Poetry.
Select poems from your favorite classical or contemporary poet.
Please let me know who you have selected so as to avoid duplicating poets.

See you on Thursday, July 26 at 7:00; OPEN MIC from 8:00 to 9:00
Awaken the Sleeping Poet at Northwoods Barnes & Noble
Henderson Pass at 281 and 1604
Classical poets from 7:00 to 8:00
OPEN MIC from 8:00 to 9:00

Bring yourself, bring a poem, and bring a friend!

Your Host:
Floyd (Michaud) L. Lamrouex
(210) 656-3131

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Comadres y Compadres Writers Conference

From Marcela Landres:

Hi - I’m delighted to announce that Nora de Hoyos Comstock of Las

Comadres, Adriana Dominguez-Ferrari of Full Circle Literary, Brenda
Greene of Medgar Evers College, Tina Jordan of the AAP and I are
organizing the Comadres y Compadres Writers Conference. It will take
place at the Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York on
October 6, 2012 and will provide Latino writers with access to published
Latino authors as well as agents and editors who have a proven track
record of publishing Latino writers. In addition, the CCWC will offer an
insider's perspective on how best to navigate the particular challenges
and opportunities faced by Latino writers in the current publishing
landscape, as well as foster a vibrant national community of writers akin
to what Las Comadres has already created with its Las Comadres
international network and its Las Comadres and Friends National Latino

Book Club and Teleconference Series. To register and for more
information, visit:


Please share widely. Many thanks in advance!

Wishing you peace,
Marcela Landres
Author of the e-book "How Editors Think: The Real Reason They Rejected You"

Monday, July 16, 2012

Notes Edna Campos Gravenhorst

From Edna Campos Gravenhorst

Check out "The Road to Success," by Nuensie Suku (Nancy Oakley) in Spanish. Also come by and check out her bookstore in Rivercenter Mall, Thai Princess Bookshop. The Thai Princess Bookshop promotes local authors. I am scheduled to sign my books on July 28. Three of my books are already in the bookshop. Are any of interested in getting your books in the store and scheduling a booksigning. Great ventue for us!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Congratulations Gabby!

Congratulations to Maria Gabriela Madrid on being selected to the "32nd World Congress of Poets" being held in Israel.

Here's the complete story: Examiner Story

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Book Review: Traveler's Rest

The following is from Jonathan Marcantoni:

Please read a new review of my book Traveler's Rest, at:


Saturday, July 07, 2012

SLHW Re-Organization

Dear SLHW members:

On Monday July 2, the officers held a special meeting to discuss the future of the Society of Latino/Hispanic Writers of San Antonio. Those present were Lupe Gonzalez, Bertha Jacobson, Jackie Cortez, and Ruben Soto.

The main topic of discussion was the restructuring of our group and of the monthly meetings. We have deviated from our original intention – which was to help Latino writers get published. We want to refocus on that – we want to grow our writer members – and not rely on the old format of inviting guests who would mostly promote their own books.

Before we make any future plans, we want to ask if anyone is interested in becoming an officer. It is imperative that we have the right people in place that will help carry this new vision forward. Please let us know if you are interested in becoming an officer by responding to this email and CCing  Rubenso99@yahoo.com .

We also want to know who is still interested in continuing with the Society so that we can keep you in our email distribution list. If you are not interested, then please let us know. We fully understand your decision.

There are many new venues for writers and we want to help you get published in your area of interest – be it poetry, fiction or non-fiction. We plan on having critiques to assist you in making your manuscript the best it can be. We want to sponsor workshops to help you improve as a writer. We will schedule special networking events where we inform you about the latest trends in the publishing industry.

We welcome any other suggestions or recommendations you may have for our new vision; they will be gladly accepted and appreciated.

This July, 2012 will mark the Society’s 8th anniversary and we want to celebrate. On July 12, 2004, a few of us met at Barnes & Noble, San Pedro Crossing, and made history.

We want you to join us in this celebration - a time for fellowship and networking with other writers and a time to remember what we have done, what we are doing and what we hope to accomplish in the future.

We will wait for your response and we appreciate your continuous support of the Society.


Ruben Soto, Founder