Media Alert: Texas A&M University- San Antonio Housing Macondo Writers Workshop

By University Communications

Thursday, 07 18 2019


Macondo Writers or “Macondistas” will attend sessions throughout the A&M- SA campus July 23-28, 2019. More than 45 participants will stay in Esperanza Hall and attend workshops in poetry, fiction and nonfiction/memoir, taught by an all-star faculty.  A Gala Opening Reception, Open Mic Night and a Farewell Breakfast are slated for the week.


Macondo workshops led by faculty:

  • Sherwin Bitsui- poetry
  • Helena Maria Viramontes- fiction
  • Joy Castro- creative nonfiction/memoir
  • Sandra Cisneros and Ruth Behar- special section

Macondo writers, faculty and special guests


Gala Opening Reception | Tuesday, July 23, 2019 | 7 - 9:00 p.m.

Open Mic Reception | Friday, July 28, 2019 | 9 a.m. - noon

Farewell Breakfast | Sunday, July 28, 2019 | 9 a.m. - noon


Gala Opening Reception | Vista Room 
(Not open to the public / media may attend - please notify)

Open Mic Reception | Auditorium
(Free and Open t othe Public)

Farewell Breakfast | Patriots' Casa
(Not open to the public / meda may attend - please notify)


LaMarriol Smith
(210) 784-1103

Nuestra Palabra
Tony Diaz founded Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say (NP) in April of 1998. NP’s mission is to promote Latino literature and literacy. The group began as a monthly reading series featuring nationally published and community-based Latino writers performing their work live in English, Spanish, and Spanglish. NP went on to organize the largest books fairs in Houston and create the Nuestra Palabra weekly radio show on 90.1 FM KPFT Houston. During its second decade, NP organized the 2012 Librotraficante Caravan to Tuscon to defy the state’s banning of Mexican American Studies and also fueled the struggle for Mexican American Studies in Texas. As NP enters its third decade, its Cultural Accelerator Program will aggregate the efforts of organizations to create structural change through the arts. NP also is advocating for equitable and sustained funding for Latinx art groups.

Macondo Writers Workshop and Ad Hoc Advisory Board
Founded in 1995 by writer Sandra Cisneros, the Macondo Writers Workshop is an association of socially-engaged writers working to advance creativity, foster generosity, and serve community. The Macondo Ad Hoc Advisory Board includes Pat Alderete, Miryam Bujanda, Alex Espinoza, Anel Flores, Natalia Treviño, Carla Trujillo and Viktoria Valenzuela. This board primarily consists of long-time and new Macondo Members from Texas and California who volunteer to maintain the collective and produce this high caliber writer’s workshop open to dedicated writers.

About Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Established as a standalone university in 2009, Texas A&M University-San Antonio (A&M-SA) is a comprehensive four-year public university that reflects the culturally diverse, heritage-rich community it serves. Situated on nearly 700 acres in South San Antonio, A&M-SA is a Military EmbracingTM institution offering more than 40 undergraduate programs to 6,600 students. Visit for more information.