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Save the dates- 2014 Flor De Nopal Literary Festival!

Header Photo Copyright 2014 by Erika Guerra Soto

All workshops and readings are free though we welcome any and all donations!
Please email flordenopal@gmail.com to reserve a spot in the workshops!

Saturday, August 9, 2014
1-3pm ¡Potluck y Platica!
3-5pm Writing Workshop led by ire’ne lara silva: “Spirited Away: Writing Yourself Back”

Saturday, September 13, 2014
1-5pm Workshop led by Muerta-Paz C.C. Sin-Guerra: “Being Your First Publicist: The Era of Web and Social Media Self-Representation”

Saturday, October 11, 2014
1-3pm Writing Workshop led by Natalia Treviño: “Writing for Wholeness through Compassion”
3-5pm Writing Workshop led by Allyson Whipple: “Remix, Repeat, Reply: Playing with the Villanelle”

Saturday, November 8, 2014
1-3pm Writing Workshop led by Michael Casares: “Blogs to Imprints: Self Publishing for the D.I.Y. Writer”
3-5pm Writing Workshop led by Joe Jimenez: “But What Do the Man-of-War Say to You?: Shadow-Work and Mining the Images of the Subconscious for Meaning in Poem-Making”

Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 7pm
Reading Celebrating the Release of Huizache Literary Magazine’s 2014 Issue
Black Box Theatre

Friday, December 5th, 2014 at 7pm
Flor De Nopal Literary Festival Reading with Featured Writers TBA
Auditorium

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Full Schedule 2013 Flor De Nopal Literary Festival

Information will be updated as it comes available. Thank you so much for visiting this site!

Please write flordenopal@gmail.com with any questions or to RSVP for any workshops

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Events for Saturday, August 31st

Location: Raul R Salinas Classroom, Mexican American Cultural Center, Austin, TX

Writers Brunch Potluck 10a-12p

Bring goodies to share with other writers to celebrate the beginning of the 2013 Flor De Nopal Literary Festival Season. Greet old friends and meet new ones!

Writing Workshop 12p-2p “Writing Out the Monster” led by ire’ne lara silva

Most of us spent at least part of our childhoods terrified by the monster under the bed or in the closet, and while we may have lost our fear of the dark by now, those memories of the monster remain incredibly vivid. As adults, we reserve the words ‘monster’ and ‘monstrous’ for truly horrific persons, experiences, and events—or we shy away from ever mentioning monsters.  In this workshop, we will explore childhood memories of ‘The Monster’ as well as different ways to approach the idea of the monstrous in our writing (poetry or prose) to explore our adult interior and exterior worlds—emotionally, historically, politically, sexually, environmentally, etc.

ire’ne lara silva lives in Austin, and is the author of two chapbooks: ani’mal and INDíGENA. Her first collection of poetry, furia, was published by Mouthfeel Press in 2010 and received an Honorable Mention for the 2011 International Latino Book Award in Poetry. Her first collection of short stories, flesh to bone, will be published by Aunt Lute Press in 2013ire’ne is the Fiction Finalist for AROHO’s 2013 Gift of Freedom Award, the 2008 recipient of the Gloria Anzaldua Milagro Award, a Macondo Workshop member, and a CantoMundo Inaugural Fellow.  She and Moises S. L. Lara are currently co-coordinators for the Flor De Nopal Literary Festival.

Events for Saturday, Sept 21st

Location: Raul R Salinas Classroom, Mexican American Cultural Center, Austin, TX

 Writing Workshop 10am-12pm “Back to Basics” led by Lee Francis

All our writing and communication begins with our senses, the faculties we are enabled with in order to form experiences, thoughts, memories, and especially poetry. This workshop will help us remember how important these senses are to our writing and will focus on grounding us in their use. We will spend our time experiencing with our senses and finding dynamic ways to give words and form to the experience. Expect an exciting day of sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell!

Lee Francis IV (Laguna Pueblo) is an award winning poet, performer, activist and intrepid explorer who has appeared on stages around the U.S. His work has appeared in multiple journals and anthologies, most recently, the Yellow Medicine Review. He serves as the National Director for Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers, an organization dedicated to promoting the work and words of Native American and Indigenous People throughout the world.

Writing Workshop 12pm-2pm “Subvert Yourself” led by Lisa Estus

What would it be like to write something unthinkable? Unthinkable, that is, for your particular style,  definition of art, public persona, sense of appropriate topic, comfort level, or assumptions about what kind of writing has merit. This is an invitation into the experience of writing utterly unlike yourself—or possibly, more fully yourself than you may have permitted. We will perform multi-sensory exercises to transcend the ordinary ego state and unearth our self-imposed rules, then engage in writing exploration to playfully, joyfully foment rebellion.  Fret not, you won’t be alone. Together we will leap into the untoward.

Lisa Estus is a fiction writer and poet. Her work appears in Puerto del SolRain City ReviewReed Magazine and other literary journals.  Estus holds a B.S. degree in Public Relations with Creative Writing minor from San Jose State University and attended graduate classes in creative writing at the University of Texas at Austin. She is proud to have co-produced Austin’s second biennial AROHO Day Conference for Women Writers in 2012. Estus was born and raised in Chicago, came of age in the San Francisco Bay Area, and now lives in Austin, Texas, married with cats. She spends her free time subverting herself.

Events for Saturday, October 19th

Location: Raul R Salinas Classroom, Mexican American Cultural Center, Austin, TX

 Writing Workshop 10am-12pm  “Poetry as Dissent” led by Liza Wolff-Francis

Many poems illuminate stories and issues that are often hidden, ignored, or left out of the larger societal narrative. Poetry can be a platform for voices and experiences pushed to the margins. By examining several different works, we will explore how poetry is used to fight oppressive systems. Using prompts from example poems, we will write from our own experiences, putting our voices into the world to draw attention to our own struggles for equity, dignity, and social justice.

Liza Wolff-Francis is a poet and writer living in Austin, Texas. She is a co-director for the 2014 Austin International Poetry Festival. Her work has most recently appeared in Border Senses, unseenfiction.com, and on the blogs “Minerva Rising,” “La Palabra: The Word Is a Woman,” and “The Feminist Justice League.” She has a poem posted in the Blanton Art Museum by El Anatsui’s sculpture “Seepage.” Every day she eats both popcorn and dark chocolate, and when she can, she loves riding miniature trains with her son.

 Writing Workshop 12pm-2pm “Poetics of Social Movements” led by Mónica Teresa Ortiz

In this workshop, we will discuss the powerful role that writing can play in social movements by examining Eduardo Galeano and a few others, as well as how writing can be implemented into groups with limited or no access to literary or cultural movements – such as the writing workshops I am co-facilitating on the Mexican side of the border with women factory workers. By analyzing how we can share spaces with nontraditional stories, we can prove a writers contribution is not only to literature, but also, to the society, culture, and struggles surrounding the writer.

Mónica Teresa Ortiz lives and writes in Austin, Texas. Her most recent work appears in Rebeldes: a Proyecto Latina Anthology, Huizache #3, and As Us literary journal.

Events for Friday, October 25th

Location: Black Box Theatre, Mexican American Cultural Center, Austin, TX

Reading : Flor De Nopal presents Huizache:The Magazine of Latino Literature…

Flor De Nopal will be celebrating the release of the 3rd issue of Huizache: The Magazine of Latino Literature, founded by Dagoberto Gilb, edited by Diana Lopez

About Huizache: “CentroVictoria at the University of Houston-Victoria is excited to announce its new literary magazine, Huizache, featuring poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. The magazine’s title is inspired by the huizache tree, a Texas acacia as thorny and tenacious as it is both invisible and ubiquitous, unwanted by farmers. Like its namesake, the magazine will promote fierce beauty that has been ignored. The voices in this magazine are motivated, not silenced, by harsh, unwelcoming conditions.”

Featured Readers:

Tony Diaz                           Matt Mendez

Rene S. Perez II                      Carrie Fountain

Jesse Sendejas Jr.                   Deborah Jackson Taffa

Yaccaira Salvatierra                     ire’ne lara silva

Mónica Teresa Ortiz              Abel Salas

Liliana Valenzuela                 Ysabel Y. Gonzalez

Beverly F. Lowry                   Conrad Romo

Margaret Garcia                     Sylvana Flores Avila

 

Events for Friday, November 1st

Location: Resistencia Bookstore, 1801-A S. 1st St., Austin, TX

Reading: Day of the Dead Reading/Fundraiser for Flor De Nopal

Readers TBA

 

Events for Saturday, November 30th

Location: Raul R Salinas Classroom, Mexican American Cultural Center, Austin, TX

Writing Workshop 10am-12pm “Solo playmaking” led by Natalie Goodnow

We’ll explore a variety of approaches to generating material for solo performance – monologue, storytelling, poetry, and movement.

Natalie Goodnow is a nationally recognized theatre-maker, teaching artist, and activist from Austin, Texas.  She’s presented her solo play “Mud Offerings,” winner of the Jane Chambers Award for female playwrights and feminist performance texts, at festivals and conferences throughout Texas and in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.  She‘s taught with Creative Action since 2007, engaging young people in dialogue on critical social issues through the arts.  She is currently pursuing an MFA in Performance as Public Practice at the University of Texas at Austin.

Writing Workshop 12pm-2pm “Bridge Building/Border Crossing: The Poet as Nepantlera” led by John Fry

Poems enter us just as we enter them when we write. During the act of composition, we’re at once both builders of bridges and crossers of borders in a way that summons us body, mind, and soul. Following the writings of Gloria Anzaldúa, in this workshop we will explore how the act of writing poems allows for us to experience a state of being-in-between. She calls this state nepantla: a threshold state, or place, between supposed opposites like here and there, male and female, right and wrong, true and false, living and dead. Open to poets of all levels.

John Fry is the author the chapbook silt will swirl (NewBorder). His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in American Letters & CommentaryThe Offending Adamalice blue reviewBoxcar Poetry ReviewConnotation PressFree VerseBellingham Review,Pebble Lake Review, and The Cresset, among others. A graduate of the MFA program at Texas State University-San Marcos, he edits poetry for Newfound and lives and teaches in San Antonio, Tejas.

Events for Friday, December 6th

Location: Multi-Purpose Room, Mexican American Cultural Center, Austin, TX

Flor De Nopal Literary Festival 2013 Reading featuring: Daniel Chacon, ire’ne lara silva, Natalie Goodnow, Lee Francis, Liza Wolff-Francis, Lisa Marie Estus, Mónica Teresa Ortiz, John Fry, and other writers TBA

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Flor De Nopal Literary Festival 2012–Dec 7th, Final Reading

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The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

and Red Salmon Arts present the

2nd Flor De Nopal Literary Festival

 December 7th, 2012

Reception

7pm

Reading

8pm

Poet’s Round Robin

 Celeste Guzman Mendoza

 Gloria Amescua

jo reyes-boitel

John D. Fry

Liliana Valenzuela

Short Story Writers

Ramona Reeves

ire’ne lara silva

Invited Feature Readers

Emmy Perez

Bárbara Renaud González

 Book Signing @ conclusion of the reading

 

This program is sponsored in part by Red Salmon Arts; Resistencia Bookstore; UT Center for Mexican American Studies; ACC-Rio Grande/Arts & Humanities Division.

For more info: www.flordenopalliteraryfestival.wordpress.com

www.facebook.com/flordenopallitfest

flordenopal@gmail.com

 Bio’s

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 Spring 2013 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.

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 2011Kweli Journal  (www.kwelijournal.org), 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.

jo reyes-boitel: writer, motivator/supporter, mother, daughter to oya and obatala, rabid music listener, percussionist and lover. texas transplant, by way of minnesota | florida | mexico | cuba. jo works to actively connect everyday earth activities to the heaven that surrounds. 

John D. Fry is the author of the forthcoming chapbook silt will swirl (NewBorder Publishing). He recently received his M.F.A. from 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 ReviewThe Dirty NapkinThe Texas ReviewBorderSensesSt. 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.

Liliana Valenzuela is the author of Codex of Journeys: Bendito camino published by Mouthfeel Press.Also of the artisan chapbooks Bocas palabrasMujer frontera, mujer Malinche, and The Poetry of Rice Fields. She’s received awards for poetry from the University of California, Irvine, and the Austin Poetry Society. Valenzuela is the Spanish language translator of works by Sandra Cisneros, Julia Alvarez, Denise Chávez, Nina Marie Martínez, Alex Espinoza, Cristina García, and many other writers. A member of Macondo Writers Workshop and inaugural fellow of CantoMundo, she works as a reporter for ¡ahora sí!. For details, visitwww.LilianaValenzuela.com, and www.ahorasi.com

Ramona Reeves has received a writer’s residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and a fellowship from a A Room of Her Own. She has also been a finalist in the Austin Chronicle Short Story contest. She has published essays, poetry, fiction, and interviews. By day, she works as mild-mannered editor in Austin, Texas. By night, she writes and dreams.

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: http://www.irenelarasilva.webs.com

 Emmy Pérez is the author of a poetry collection, Solstice (2nd edition, 2011).  Her work has also appeared in North American Review, The Laurel Review, PALABRA, The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry, A Broken Thing: Poets on the Line, and other publications.  Her poetry was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  For the past three years, she was a CantoMundo poetry fellow.  A recipient of the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation Award, currently she is an associate professor at the University of Texas-Pan American, where she teaches creative writing and Mexican American Studies courses.  She is a recipient of a 2012 UT Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.

Bárbara Renaud González is an award-winning writer, journalist, and activist. She is the author of the novelGolondrina, Why Did You Leave Me? and Willie and the Flood/Su Voto es Su Voz, a children’s book on the life of Southwest Voter Registration and EducationProject founder Willie Velasquez. Gonzalez’ essays and articles have appeared in The Nation, The Progressive, Ms., The Los Angeles Times and many others. Her commentaries have aired on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” and “Latino USA.”

 

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Events for October 27, 2012

October 27, 2012 Events

Two Writing Workshops

 

 “Let the Characters Decide: A Strategy for Triggering

Action and Raising Stakes in Stories”

led by Ramona Reeves, 1pm-3pm

 

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

led by Bárbara Renaud González, 3pm-5pm

Email flordenopal@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

@ MACC, 600 River Street

Free.

Reading featuring Ramona Reeves and Bárbara Renaud González

Hosted by ire’ne lara silva  

7pm

Resistencia Bookstore, 1801-a South 1st Street

Suggested donation: $5 to benefit Red Salmon Arts

 

Other events in the series:

November 17th

Workshops and Reading featuring

Celeste Mendoza: “Body Bliss” and

John Fry: “Poetry as Pilgrimage”

Flor De Nopal Literary Festival 2012, December 7, 2012

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

Sometimes we have great ideas for characters, but it’s not always easy to get them off the couch and moving and acting in ways that raise the ante in a story. This workshop will focus on getting characters to act and make decisions in such a way that each decision is compounded by the ones that came before it. When characters make decisions, a set of events are often triggered, the pace of a story quickens, and the stakes are raised. If we’re successful, this approach will increase the tension in the story you bring to revise and will add more complexity to your characters.

Ramona Reeves has received a writer’s residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and a fellowship from a A Room of Her Own. She has also been a finalist in the Austin Chronicle Short Story contest. She has published essays, poetry, fiction, and interviews. By day, she works as mild-mannered editor in Austin, Texas. By night, she writes and dreams.

 

“Writing in la lluvia: Writing like it’s your last day” led by Bárbara Renaud González

In this workshop, we will help each other swim in the river of fearlessness.  It’s not about prizes or tamale stories (also good, but not what we are gonna do). In this workshop, we will help each other see ourselves a little better so that we find the dream of raining inside us.  The best stories come from that rain, and this is why we’re here.  And this is the only writing that will set us free.

Bárbara Renaud González is an award-winning writer, journalist, and activist. She is the author of the novel, Golondrina, Why Did You Leave Me? and Willie and the Flood/Su Voto es Su Voz, a children’s book on the life of Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project founder Willie Velasquez. Gonzalez’ essays and articles have appeared in The Nation, The Progressive, Ms., The Los Angeles Times and many others. Her commentaries have aired on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” and “Latino USA.”

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