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    Burn The Wagon: Call For Submissions

               Burn the Wagon Chapbook Series Our city’s official logo proudly proclaims El Monte’s place at the “end of the Santa Fe Trail.” The white covered wagon at the center of the logo places white Americans as El Monte’s “pioneers.” Indigenous people that occupied these lands before and the Mexican, Latino, […]

Macondo Writers Workshop

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Macondo Writers Workshop! The deadline to apply is Friday, February 16. This is a fantastic opportunity to workshop your work and to be a part of an amazing group of writers. I can’t recommend it highly enough. I workshopped “Where the Past Lives,” a story from my collection there. I met so many talented and generous writers. Once a Macondista, always a Macondista! Go to the link for the application which gives details on the costs and requirements.

Macondo Writers Workshop
July 24 – 29, 2018

Fiction: Reyna Grande
Poetry: Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
Creative Non-Fiction: Stephanie Elizondo Griest
Generative Writing: Pat Alderete and Amelia Montes

Where: Texas A&M University-San Antonio



Bolero on Sale!

My publisher Northwestern University Press is selling everything at 30% off on their website. The sale extends until January 3. Just use the promo code HOLIDAY17 and get all the fiction, plays, nonfiction, and poetry you desire. This is a wonderful way to support a university press publishing quality literary and scholarly works. It’s also the best way to get copies of Bolero. Happy Clicking!

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Belated Pan Pic

I made a special trip to the city (of Newburgh) to buy pan dulce and pan de muerto. This beautiful bread is from Amistad Bakery. I already want to go back.

pan de muerto

Self and the Garcia Girls

This is one of my favorite books by a Latina author. It’s a remarkable novel about family and sisterhood. Julia Alvarez tells it in stories from different points-of-view, in reverse chronology. I didn’t know you could do that! When writing a novel seemed so overwhelming, this book was really inspiring to me. I also highly recommend In the Time of the Butterflies.


Netflix con Cerveza

With only a week remaining in Hispanic Heritage Month, I am trying to better document how Latino culture enriches my daily life. Last night I tried this beer for the first time. Evil Twin Brewing’s Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break. I don’t think I’ve ever had a beer made with habanero peppers. Delicious and so decadent!

I also finally watched Pablo Larraín’s Neruda (2016). Having studied in Chile, I’m particularly interested in its history. I love Pablo Neruda’s poetry. And I  love watching (and hearing!) Gael García Bernal. This was an atmospheric and fittingly poetic, if not very exciting, film. It was also interesting to see this Nerudian interpretation of crime fiction. Worth a viewing!


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