Macondo and Gemini Ink: A Celebration of the Alebrijes of San Antonio
March 7 @ 3:20 pm - 4:35 pm UTC+5
With a spotlight on the Macondo Writers Workshop, founded by Sandra Cisneros, Gemini Ink presents a literary history that is uniquely San Antonio. This reading features groundbreaking multicultural, Latinx voices who have made significant contributions to contemporary letters. “Multi-instrumentalists” at heart, these Macondistas have produced genre-bending works, and, like the alebrijes of Mexican folk art tradition, walk between worlds of arts, activism, and academia to promote compassion.
Moderator:Gregg Barrios is a playwright, poet, and journalist. He is a 2013 USC Annenberg Getty Fellow and serves on the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle. He was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters in 2015. He is a former books editor of the San Antonio Express-News.
John Phillip Santos is a Rhodes Scholar, writer, journalist, and documentarian. In addition to documentaries for CBS News and PBS, myriad magazine articles and newspaper work, he has authored two memoirs and a book of poems. He teaches writing, media, and Mestizo studies in the UTSA Honors College.
Norma E. Cantú currently serves as the Murchison Professor of the Humanities at Trinity University. An award-winning novelist and poet, her work centers on the border and social justice issues. She is cofounder of CantoMundo, and a member of the Macondo Writers Workshop.
Liliana Valenzuela is the author of Codex of Love: Bendita Ternura and Codex of Journeys: Bendito Camino. She is an award-winning writer, translator, and journalist. Her poetry has appeared in Edinburgh Review, Indiana Review, Huizache, and other publications.
Luis J. Rodriguez was named Poet Laureate of Los Angeles in 2014. He is the author of fifteen books across a number of genres. He has been the recipient of a PEN West/Josephine Miles Award and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He serves as founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and cofounder and president of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural and Bookstore in California.