A&M-San Antonio to host nationally renowned Macondo Writers’ Workshop

By University Communications

Friday, 07 16 2021

SAN ANTONIO, TX – Texas A&M University-San Antonio, in collaboration with Nuestra Palabra, will host the nationally renowned Macondo Writers’ Workshop, July 27-Aug. 1.

The Macondo Writers Workshop is a professional-level workshop for experienced writers in all genres who work on geographic, cultural, economic

, gender and spiritual borders. Participants are selected using a formal, blind peer-review application process. They are established writers who review each other’s work with compassionate rigor and vision. Once writers have been accepted into Macondo, they become Macondistas and are welcome to return annually. The workshop currently counts over 300 lifetime members.

This will be the second year A&M-San Antonio has hosted the Macondo Writers’ Workshop, which has been a transformational experience for many of its participants. An all-star faculty has been assembled to lead this year’s sessions:

• Allison Adelle Hedge Coke will lead the poetry workshop. Coke’s debut book, Dog Road Woman, won the American Book Award. Since then, she has written five more books and edited eight anthologies. She is known for addressing issues of culture, prejudice, Indigenous rights, the environment, peace, violence, abuse, and labor in her poetry and other creative works.

• Alex Espinoza will lead the fiction workshop. Espinoza was born in Tijuana, Mexico. He came to the United States with his family at the age of two and grew up in suburban Los Angeles. Author of the novel Still Water Saints, among other works, he is the recipient of the Margaret Bridgman Fellowship in Fiction at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Espinoza is currently an associate professor of English at California State University, Fresno.

• Daisy Hernández will lead the creative nonfiction/memoir workshop. Hernández is the author of the award-winning memoir A Cup of Water Under My Bed and coeditor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism. The former editor of ColorLines magazine, she has reported for National Geographic, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Slate, and she has written for NPR's All Things Considered and CodeSwitch. She is an associate professor in the Creative Writing Program at Miami University in Ohio.

“A&M-San Antonio is proud to offer an environment conducive to inspiring creativity and freedom of expression for developing meaningful content to share with the world,” said Dr. Debra Feakes, A&M-San Antonio’s Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “Now more than ever it’s an important time for these writers to be voices of change and to have a venue to collaborate.”

Sandra Cisneros, acclaimed writer, MacArthur Fellow and author of The House on Mango Street, founded the workshop in 1995. The program, named after the town in Columbian author Gabriel García Marquez’s 1967 novel One Hundred Years of Solitude, is an association of socially engaged writers working toward nonviolent social change. They seek to advance creativity, foster generosity, and serve community.

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Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Established as a stand-alone university in 2009, Texas A&M University-San Antonio 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-San Antonio is a Military Embracing™ institution offering 29 undergraduate degrees and 14 graduate degrees to over 6,700 students. The university is home to the Henry G. Cisneros Institute for Emerging Leaders and the Cyber Engineering Technology/Cyber Security Research Center. A&M-San Antonio holds the Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) designation. Military Times ranks the University No. 35 in the nation for “Best for Vets: Colleges.” Visit tamusa.edu for more information.