The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
and Red Salmon Arts present the
Flor De Nopal
Workshop and Reading Series 2012
November 17, 2012 Events
Two Writing Workshops
led by Celeste Guzman Mendoza, 1pm-3pm
“Poetry as Pilgrimage”
led by John D. Fry, 3pm-5pm
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.
@ MACC, 600 River Street
December 7, 2012
Flor De Nopal 2012 Final Reading
Black Box Theatre
Special Invited Readers: Poet Emmy Perez, author of Solstice,
and novelist Bárbara Renaud González, author of Golondrina, Why Did You Leave Me?
and Willie and the Flood/Su Voto es Su Voz
Special Featured Readers: Gloria Amescua, Liliana Valenzuela, jo reyes-boitel, Ramona Reeves, Celeste Guzman Mendoza, John D. Fry, and ire’ne lara silva
12/7/12 Workshop TBA
“Body Bliss” led by Celeste Guzman Mendoza
Delighting in the human body is the purpose of this generative workshop. We will discuss and read works by Sandra Cisneros, Maya Angelou, Gloria Anzaldúa, Pablo Neruda and others that celebrate and praise the human form, both male and female. Then we will write poems and/or dramatic monologues in response to these works. Please dress comfortably; during the class we will do movement work and some basic yoga to ground our awareness into our bodies.
Celeste Guzman Mendoza is a Macondista, Hedgebrook resident, and co-founder of CantoMundo, a master writer’s workshop for Latina/o poets. Her poetry and essays have appeared in various anthologies published by Penguin, Calaca Press, Eakin Press and Wings Press. Her first, full-length poetry manuscript, Beneath the Halo, is due out in September 2012 by Wings Press. Her chapbook, Cande te estoy llamando, won the Poesia Tejana Prize in 1999. A performer and playwright, Mendoza’s plays have been produced in Austin and San Antonio. She is at work on a second poetry manuscript, and lives in Austin with her husband and three cats.
“Poetry as Pilgrimage” led by John D. Fry
Federico García Lorca famously wrote that “Only mystery allows us to live, only mystery.” Mysteries large and small surround us whether we’re aware of them or not, and one of poetry’s greatest gifts is its ability to give voice to what we feel, or think, but don’t fully understand. But how do we begin to write about what’s most mysterious to us, and how can we open ourselves up so that what we don’t understand can teach us? In this workshop, we will invite mystery into the room with us through discussion, selected readings, and writing exercises meant to unlock the gates of our imaginations. Open to poets of all levels.
John D. Fry is the author of the forthcoming chapbook silt will swirl (NewBorder Publishing). He’s currently an M.F.A. candidate at Texas State University, where he is the Book Review Editor for Front Porch Journal. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Konundrum Engine Literary Review, The Dirty Napkin, The Texas Review, BorderSenses, St. Sebastian Review, and Blood Orange Review. He lives in the Texas Hill Country far enough away from the light pollution of San Antonio to be able to see the stars on most nights.