All of these events are free except the Sandra Cisneros Benefit Reading.
The Benefit Reading is Suggested Donation $20.

UPDATE: Due to popular demand, Macondo Writers Workshop is releasing tickets for Sandra Cisneros's Benefit Reading Friday night. Guarantee your seats. Click on the Home Page to buy your tickets. Proceeds benefit #Macondo.

Events on Friday and Saturday take place at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. PARKING is relaxed in Lot 2 after 1 pm. Park in any unmarked spot.

Downloadable/Printable Schedule

WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 6:30-8:30 PM


Central Library-SAPL
Latino Collection Resource Center
600 Soledad Street, San Antonio

Reyna Grande, Fiction Workshop Leader, is the author of Across a Hundred Mountains, Dancing with Butterflies, and The Distance Between Us. Her forthcoming book, A Dream Called Home, will be published in 2018. She has received an El Premio Aztlan, a n American Book Award, the Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature, amongothers.

Stephanie Elizondo Griest, Creative Nonfiction Leader, is the award-winning author of Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana; Mexican Enough; and All the Agents & Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands. She has also written for the New York Times, Washington Post, VQR, Believer, and Oxford American . An Assistant Professor of Creative Nonfiction at UNC-Chapel Hill, she has lectured around the globe. Awards include a Margolis Award for Social Justice Reporting. 
Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Poetry Workshop Leader, is an American Book Award-winning poet whose books include The Year of the Rat, Dog Road Woman, Off-Season City Pipe, Blood Run, Burn and Streaming as well as a memoir, Rock Ghost, Willow, Deer. She is the editor of the anthologies Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas, Effigies and Effigies II and is a UC Riverside Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing. Hedge Coke came of age working fields, factories, and waters and is currently at work on a film, Red Dust: resiliency in the dirty thirties, and a new CD.



Join the Macondo 2018 Cohort as they share their work. It'll be a fun night.
Viva Tacoland103 W. Grayson St, San Antonio

Events on Friday and Saturday take place at 
Texas A&M University-San Antonio. 

PARKING is relaxed in Lot 2 after 1 pm. Park in any unmarked spot.

The Seminars take place in Modular B, Room B1G

FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2018

2-3: 30 pm , Writing the Spirit: Spiriting the Writer, Norma Cantú
Description: In this seminar Macondistas will delve into the spirit aspect of their work through a variety of exercises. Along with exploring how we as writers summon the spirit for our writing, we will also engage in an exploration of our triggers and blocks to discern ways to enter into the spiritual healing power of writing. In addition, we will discuss one aspect of craft that the group wants to examine: tense shift? POV? Character or Plot driven narratives?
Norma Cantú, the Norene R. & T. Frank Murchison Professor of the Humanities at Trinity University is a scholar of the US-Mexico borderlands. Publishing widely in folklore and Latina/Chicana studies, she writes what she calls creative autobioethnography. She has also published stories and the award-winning Canicula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera. Her most recent publications include the co-edited anthology Entre Guadalupe y Malinche: Tejanas in Literature and Art, and Transcendental Train Yard.

4-5: 30 pm , Translation as a Generative Strategy for Writing, John Pluecker

Description: By lingering in the spaces and sounds between languages, translation can become a generative process for our writing, often productively blurring the boundary between what is “original” and what is translated. In this workshop, we will experiment with different translation-based strategies for writing, exploring fun and creative ways of crossing and re-crossing language barriers with an attention to sound, rhythm, and multilingual play. There is no need to speak or write in another language in order to attend this workshop.
John Pluecker is a language worker who writes, translates, organizes, interprets, and creates. In 2010, he co-founded the collaborative Antena and in 2015 the social justice interpreting collective Antena Houston. His undisciplinary work is informed by experimental poetics, language justice, and cross-border/cross-language cultural production. He has translated numerous books from the Spanish, including most recently Gore Capitalism (Semiotext(e)) and Antígona González (Les Figues Press). He has published numerous zines and chapbooks, as well as a book of poetry and image, Ford Over (Noemi Press).


Suggested donation: $20.
Books will be sold and signed by Cisneros at the event. Credit cards only.
Texas A&M University-San Antonio, Auditorium

UPDATE: Due to popular demand, Macondo Writers Workshop is releasing tickets for Sandra Cisneros's Benefit Reading Friday night. Guarantee your seats. Click on the Home Page to buy your tickets. Proceeds benefit #Macondo.



30 pm , Publishing: A Form of Activism, Juan Tejeda, Aztlan Libre Press    
Description: In this seminar with publisher and editor of Aztlan Libre Press, Juan Tejeda, we will discuss his experience as a small press owner with a targeted mission and audience, exploring how giving voice to politically engaged writers who are frequently ignored by large presses, is an essential form of art and activism that can shape the canon as Ethnic Studies courses become more popular in this country.

Juan Tejeda is a retired professor of Mexican American Studies and Music from Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas. He's an ex-jefe of Xinachtli, a Mexica-Azteca traditonal conchero dance group, writer, activist, musician and button accordionist/vocalist for the Conjunto Aztlan. He and his wife, Anisa Onofre, are the co-owners/publishers of Aztlan Libre Press, an independent press dedicated to the publication, promotion and free expression of Nativeamerican/XicanX literature and art.
30 pm , Hitting Send: Literary Submissions Strategies, Tisha Reichle

Description: Using a community approach – we are all experts in something – writers will be resources for each other in navigating the submission process. Together we will review some preparation that can make submission less torturous, recommend follow-up strategies, review online resources, and discuss processing feedback and rejection. After a short break, we will collaborate on creating cover letters, examining print and online journals to choose target publications, and develop a personalized submission strategy. If time, we can also discuss submission to fellowships, residencies, contests, and various options for full manuscripts. This seminar is about sharing knowledge to empower nuestra gente.
Tisha Marie Reichle is a Chicana Feminist and former Rodeo Queen. Her stories have appeared in The Acentos Review, The Lunch Ticket, and Ghost Town. In addition to Macondo Writers Workshop, she is an AROHO Retreat and Las Dos Brujas alum. She’s also an organizing member of Women Who Submit and earned an MFA at Antioch University. After 20 years of teaching high school, she’s working on her PhD in Creative Writing and Literature at USC.


Click here for the Macondo 2018 Application.