Board of Directors

Michael SotoMichael Soto
PRESIDENT

Michael Soto is an English professor at Trinity University, where he teaches courses on American literature and cultural history. He has published four books and is completing another, on the Harlem Renaissance.

Go.lightlyClarice Golightly-Jenkins
VICE PRESIDENT

Clarice Golightly-Jenkins currently serves as an assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Nursing, where she helps prepare the next generation of professional nurses pursuing masters and doctoral education for leadership roles in advanced clinical and executive nursing practice.  Her creative spheres include teaching Visual Thinking Strategies through Art and Film to interprofessional health care professionals, and contemplating writing a novel for her granddaughters.

AagaardErik Aagaard
SECRETARY

Erik Aagaard was born in Kenya, East Africa to Norwegian parents. He is certain there is a novel waiting to be written there, but his chosen creative outlet is photography! He moved to Central Texas with his family at the age of nine and earned a B.B.A. and an M.B.A. from Texas Tech University. Mr. Aagaard works as a Certified Financial Planner with The Trust Company.

Mo Saidi
TREASURER

Mo SaidiA physician-writer, Saidi was born in Iran and became a U.S. citizen in 1975. He earned a master’s degree in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard. Saidi has published three collections of poetry, a book of essays, a collection of short fiction, and The Marchers: A Novel. He has completed his second novel Esther: A Novel.

Suhail Arastu Suhail Arastu

Suhail Arastu was raised in San Antonio and studied Neurobiology & Classics at The University of California, Berkeley where he competed as an NCAA gymnast. In Philadelphia he continued research and began graduate studies before moving to a small Japanese mountain village for a year of contemplation, deep sea fishing, hiking, skiing and teaching. He then travelled the world by ship under the auspices of the United Nations Economic & Social Council before returning home in 2008. Suhail now serves as a Trustee of The Mind Science Foundation and works as the Development Director for Musical Bridges Around the World. He is the Arts & Culture Chair for Anuja San Antonio, the organization which manages our Sister City Relations with Chennai, India.

SheilaSheila Black

Sheila Black (Ex officio), is the author of two full-length poetry collections House of Bone and Love/Iraq (both CW Press) and two chapbooks–How to be a Maquiladora (Main Street Rag) and Continental Drift (Patriothall Gallery, UK) with painter Michele Marcoux. She recently co-edited with poets Jennifer Bartlett and Mike Northen Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability (Cinco Puntos Press), which was named a Notable Book for 2012 by the American Library Association (ALA). A third collection Wen Kroy is forthcoming from Dream Horse Press where it received the 2011 Orphic Prize in Poetry. She is a 2012 Witter Bynner Fellow in Poetry, selected by US Poet Laureate Philip Levine.

Cary ClackCary Clack

Clack was born in San Antonio and received a B.A. in Political Science from St. Mary’s University. He worked for the San Antonio Express-News from 1994-2011 and won multiple awards for his writing. In 2009, Trinity University Press published a collection of his columns, Clowns and Rats Scare Me. He was elected into the Texas Institute of Letters in 2017.

Nan CubaNan Cuba

Nan Cuba is the founder and executive director emeritus of Gemini Ink, and teaches in the MA/MFA Program in Literature, Creative Writing, and Social Justice at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, where she is writer-in-residence. She is the author of Body and Bread, winner of the PEN Southwest Award in Fiction and the Texas Institute of Letters Steven Turner Award for Best Work of First Fiction. She is co-editor of Art at our Doorstep: San Antonio Writers and Artists, and published other work in Antioch Review, Harvard Review, Columbia, and Chicago Tribune’s Printer’s Row. She has received a Dobie Paisano Fellowship, an artist residency at Fundación Valparaiso in Spain, and was a finalist for the Humanities Texas Award for Individual Achievement.

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Jan Jarboe Russell is the author of The Train to Crystal City, the New York Times bestseller and winner of the Texas Institute of Letters Prize for Best Book of Nonfiction. She is a Neiman Fellow, a contributing editor for Texas Monthly, and has written for the San Antonio Express-News, the New York Times, Slate, and others.

Bonnie LyonsBonnie Lyons

Bonnie Lyons retired in May 2014 with emeritus status from the University of Texas in San Antonio. She has published a critical work on Henry Roth, Henry Roth, the Man and His Work, as well as a book of literary interviews with contemporary fiction writers. She has also published two full-length books of poetry: In Other Words (Pecan Grove, 2004) and Bedrock (Pecan Grove, 2011) and three chapbooks: Hineni, Meanwhile, and So Far (Finishing Line Press, 2003, 2005, 2015). Her current project is WOW: Wonderful Old Women, a book of interviews with San Antonio women over 80.

paulmPaul Martin

Paul Martin began his investment career with Merrill Lynch and then Oppenheimer & Co. in New York City from 1985 to 1989. Since then he has been the managing partner and chief investment officer of Martin Capital Advisors, LLP, a registered investment advisor with offices in Austin and San Antonio. Mr. Martin received a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1980 and is an active supporter of the college.

Erin Mulkey Ryley

Erin Mulkey Ryley was raised in San Antonio and graduated from Harvard University with a degree in English and American Literature and Language. In college, she was a member of the Harvard Women’s Swimming and Diving team. Currently, Erin works in marketing at Rackspace.

220px-John_santos_2010John Phillip Santos

John Phillip Santos was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He is a freelance filmmaker, producer, journalist, author and in 1979 became the first Mexican-American Rhodes Scholar. In 1997, Santos joined the Ford Foundation as an officer in the Media, Arts and Culture Program. He lived in New York City for twenty years, returning to San Antonio in May 2005. He has been awarded the Academy of American Poets’ Prize at Notre Dame, the Oxford Prize for fiction, and the Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. His family memoir, Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Currently, Santos is University Distinguished Scholar in Mestizo Cultural Studies Honors College at The University of Texas at San Antonio.