Events for August 25, 2012

  Flor De Nopal Workshop and Reading Series 2012

 August 25, 2012 Events

 Two Writing Workshops

“Caressing the Flame: Writing the Difficult” led by ire’ne lara silva, 1pm-3pm

“A Handful of Ideas” led by Gloria Amescua, 3pm-5pm

Email to reserve your spot. Descriptions below.

@ MACC, 600 River Street


Reading featuring ire’ne lara silva and Gloria Amescua, 7pm

Resistencia Bookstore, 1801-a South 1st Street

Suggested donation: $5 to benefit Red Salmon Arts


Other events in the series:

September 29th

Workshops and Reading featuring

Liliana Valenzuela: “Translingual Poetics: Writing authentic poems”

jo reyes-boitel:  “incorporating the fantastic & mythical into narrative writing”

October 27th

Workshops and Reading featuring

Ramona Reeves: “Let the Characters Decide: A Strategy for Triggering Action and Raising Stakes in Stories”

Barbara Renaud Gonzales: “Writing in la lluvia: Writing like it’s your last day”

November 17th

Workshops and Reading featuring

Celeste Mendoza: “Body Bliss”

John Fry: “Poetry as Pilgrimage”

Flor De Nopal Literary Festival 2012

December 7th-8th

Workshop and Bio Information:

“Caressing the Flame: Writing the Difficult” led by ire’ne lara silva

Whether we’re writing from personal experience or on behalf of our characters going through difficult life experiences, it can be challenging to write poetry or prose that is alive, present, authentic, and risky. In this workshop, we’ll be trying several different approaches to really enter those places and find what we need there–for ourselves and our characters. Open to writers of all levels and genres.

ire’ne lara silva lives in Austin, TX . Her work has appeared in various journals and anthologies, most recently in Bordersenses, Generations, Ginosko Literary Journal, Palabra, and Yellow Medicine Review. She is the 2008 recipient of the Gloria Anzaldua Milagro Award, an inaugural CantoMundo Fellow, and the author of two chapbooks: ani’mal and  INDíGENA.  Her first collection of poetry, furia, (Mouthfeel Press, 2010) received an Honorable Mention for the 2011 International Latino Book Award in Poetry. Poet/writer website:


“A Handful of Ideas” led by Gloria Amescua

Do you want to spark some new writing? In this workshop, you will try out several writing strategies to access your own creativity using visual images to connect with your emotions and ideas. This workshop is designed for beginning or experienced writers. Besides getting your thoughts on the page, you will leave with a handful of ideas to use in the future.

Gloria Amescua is an inaugural member of CantoMundo, a national Latino poetry community. She resides in Austin, Texas and received a Masters degree from the University of Texas in Austin. Gloria has had poetry published in Poetgraphy, Di-Verse-City-Too, Tres-Di-Verse-City,  Awakening, IXHUA,  Di-Verse-City 2011, Kweli Journal  (, Generations Literary Journal, Spring 2012 and Texas Poetry Calendar 2013. A workshop presenter for youth and adults, she was also a 2011 resident at Hedgebrook’s Writers in Residence program on Whidbey Island, Washington.



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