Join us for a free public reading with Tim Hernandez & Macondistas at the Historic Guadalupe Theater, San Antonio, Texas on Friday, July 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm. Please RSVP at guadalupeculturalarts.org
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The five-day Macondo workshop will include a welcome dinner and fundraiser on July 13th at the Historic Guadalupe Theater, daily seminars from 10:00am – 4pm, and free evening public readings with visiting faculty and Macondo fellows.
In its twenty-one years, originally held as a small writers’ group in the home of famed author & MacArthur fellow, Sandra Cisneros, the Macondo Writers’ Workshop has grown to serve hundreds of writers, or “Macondistas,” from all over the world. The workshop has been hosted at Our Lady of the Lake University, Trinity University, the Esperanza Peach & Justice Center, and has now found its home at the historic Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.
In 2013, the Macondo Writers’ Workshop, named after the sleepy town in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’sOne Hundred Years of Solitude, was gifted to the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center to ensure its continuation and service to writers. Twenty years after it began, 2016 Poet Laureate of Texas and native San Antonian, Laurie Ann Guerrero, was chosen to lead Macondo into its next phase.
Through a rigorous application process aimed at professional writers of all genres, the mission of the workshop is to support and unite writers who view their work and talents as part of a larger task of community-building and non-violent social change. While Latino/a writers have traditionally made up the majority of the Macondistas, its goal is to cultivate community among writers who identify with any group that has been historically marginalized—people of color, women, LGBTQ, etc. And so, the workshop is open to any writer whose work, both on and off the page, parallels its mission. With Guerrero at the helm, this year’s number of applicants rose over 1000% from last year; the new 2016 Macondistas range from champion spoken-word artists to NEA award winners to organizers of other national writing festivals and conferences and are coming to us from all over the country and Central America.
More on Tim Hernandez: Tim Z. Hernandez is an award winning writer, research scholar, and performance artist, whose works have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, CNN, Public Radio International, and National Public Radio.
In 2006, his debut collection of poetry, Skin Tax (Heyday Books) received the American Book Award, and the James Duval Phelan Award from the San Francisco Foundation. His first novel, Breathing, In Dust (Texas Tech University Press) was awarded the 2010 Premio Aztlan Prize in fiction from the National Hispanic Cultural Center, and in 2011, the Poetry Society of America named him one of sixteen New American Poets. In 2013, he released his third collection of poetry, Natural Takeover of Small Things (University of Arizona Press), which went on to recieve the 2014 Colorado Book Award in Poetry. Also in 2013, he released an historical fiction novel, Mañana Means Heaven (University of Arizona Press), which is based on the life of Bea Franco, the real woman behind author Jack Kerouac’s “Mexican Girl” in his book On the Road. Based on Hernandez’s relentless search to locate the mysterious Bea Franco, the book is grounded in one-on-one interviews the author conducted with her before she died at the age of 92. Mañana Means Heaven garnered rave reviews from international critics, and went on to receive the 2014 International Latino Book Award. In 2014 he was also a finalist for the inaugural Split This Rock Freedom Plow Award for his work on locating the victims of the 1948 plane wreck at Los Gatos—the incident made famous by Woody Guthrie’s song of the same name. The result of this six year long investigative work is the basis for his highly anticipated forthcoming book, All They Will Call You (University of Arizona Press), and the accompanying documentary, Searching for the Plane Wreck at Los Gatos Canyon.
As a performer, Hernandez has collaborated with experimental theater troupes, Grammy Award winning composers, hip-hop, reggage, and Latin Rock artists, from universities and cultural institutions to black box theaters in New York City, from the Getty Center in Los Angeles to the migrant labor camps of central California. In 2001, he was commissioned by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles to write and perform an original play on homelessness, and since 2007, he has worked with Poets & Writers Inc. and the California Center for the Book offering writing workshops to rural communities across the west coast.
Hernandez holds a B.A. in Writing & Literature from Naropa University, and an M.F.A. from Bennington College in Vermont. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas El Paso’s Bilingual M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing.