WIC Writers


Marisela Barrera

Marisela is a Tex-Mex writer and teatrista currently working on a collection of short stories and a novella. She teaches writing at Northwest Vista College. As a cultural journalist, her writing has appeared in The Rivard Report, Out in SA, Texas Matters, The San Antonio Current, HowlRound, and TheaterJones, among others.She is a member of the Macondo Writers Workshop and a stage director. Directing credits include work with AtticRep at Trinity University and the Tobin Center, Cara Mia Theatre, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, and Jump-Start. She has performed in Latino cultural centers in Dallas, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio. She earned a BFA in Acting from Southern Methodist University, and MA and MFA degrees in Creative Writing, Literature, and Social Justice from OLLU. She’s a member of the Jump-Start Performance Co.’s artistic ensemble and board of directors. Barrera was awarded the National Association for Latino Arts & Culture’s Fund for the Arts Award for “Ruby Reds, Big Birds y Burras,” a linked story collection and was named a finalist for the 2018 Leah Ryan Fund for Emerging Women Writers. Find her work at mariselabarrera.com.

Erica De La Rosa

Erica is a co-founding member of the Mahina Movement Performance Troupe and Production Company in New York City. She has has shared over 300 stages with legends like Amiri Baraka, Alice Walker, Angela Davis, Noam Chomsky, Deepak Chopra, Tony Kushner and more. A native from San Antonio, De La Rosa holds a degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her work has been published in Words, Beats & Hip Hop Life Journal (2004).

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Xavier Garza

Xavier is an author, artist, and storyteller whose work focuses on his experiences growing up in the small border town of Rio Grande City. He published his first book, Creepy Creatures and Other Cucuys (Arte Publico Press), in 2004. Lucha Libre: The Man in the Silver Mask was released in Spring 2005 and quickly became a hit among children and lucha libre fans. Lucha Libre won an Honor Book, Américas Award and a starred review from Críticas Magazine. Xavier has exhibited his art and performed his stories throughout Texas, Arizona and the state of Washington. He lives in San Antonio, Texas with his wife Irma and their son Vincent.

Jim LaVilla-Havelin.Jim LaVilla-Havelin

Jim is the Coordinator of National Poetry Month in San Antonio, the Poetry Editor for the San Antonio Express-News, and author of four books of poetry. The most recent, Counting, was published by Pecan Grove Press in 2010. LaVilla-Havelin retired from his position as Director of Young Artist Programs at the Southwest School of Art in 2013 to devote his time to teaching and writing. He teaches in Gemini Ink’s Camp INK!, Writers in Communities, and Creative Writing Classes programs, as well as in Bihl Haus’ Golden Arts Programs for senior citizens.

Kamala PlattKamala Platt

Kamala is an artist, educator, independent scholar and author in South Texas and at The Meadowlark Center in Kansas. Publications include Weedslovers (Finishing Line, 2014), On the Line (Wings Press, 2010), and Kinientos, (compiler, Wordsworth, 1992). She holds an MFA in poetry, an MA in Interdisciplinary Arts, and a PhD in Comparative Literature. Her current scholarship shares women’s environmental justice poetics creating a lens through which to approach climate justice.

Screen shot 2014-07-23 at 7.39.11 AMBárbara Renaud González

Bárbara is a freelance writer, journalist and activist. Her essays and articles have appeared in The Nation, The Progressive, The Los Angeles Times and more, and her commentaries have aired on NPR’s Morning Edition, and LatinoUSA. González is a recipient of the Inter-American Press Association Opinion prize, has been a finalist for six Katies in radio commentary and print. Her book, Golondrina, Why Did You Leave Me?, was published in 2009 by UT Press, under the Chicana Matters imprint. González’s most recent publication is an interactive children’s book, The Boy Made of Lightning, based on the boyhood of Willie C. Velásquez, founder of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project. She resides in San Antonio, Texas.

vocabAndrea Sanderson

Andrea, aka Vocab, has been a poet, singer, hip hop & spoken word artist since 2001. She discovered her call to performance art and poetry in 1999 when she joined the hip hop group L.S.C. Ministries. She is widely published, and has performed at numerous venues and universities including Moorehous College, Rice University, San Antonio’s 19th Annual International Women’s Day March, churches, art galleries, auditoriums, and has shared the stage with Next, Invincible, and the Mojoe Family Band. Vocab currently co-hosts 2nd Verse, an open mic poetry venue in San Antonio that was voted Best in the Nation two consecutive years in a row (2012-2011) by the National Poetry Awards. She also co-hosts Fresh Ink Youth Poetry Slam Open Mic, the only under 21 poetry venue in San Antonio.

Laura Van ProoyenLaura Van Prooyen

Laura has more than 15 years experience teaching poetry and writing in a variety of academic settings at the university and high school level, and currently works as an instructor for Gemini Ink. She is the author of two collections of poetry: Inkblot and Altar (Pecan Grove Press 2006) and Our House Was on Fire, awarded the McGovern Prize (Ashland Poetry Press 2015). Her work has also been featured in The American Poetry Review, Boston Review, and The Southern Review, among others. Raised in a tight-knit Dutch community outside of Chicago, she now lives in San Antonio, Texas.