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Rosanna Alvarez • Cathy Arellano • Alondra Ceballos • Margarita Cruz • Valeka Cruz • César L. De León • Maya Garcia • Violeta Garza • Mariana Goycoechea • Christine Kandic Torres • Tracy Mann • Ruthie Marleneé • Maribel Martínez • Jennifer Thuy Vi Nguyen • Maria-Luisa Ornelas-June • Lorena Ortiz • Kimi Ramírez • Yaccaira Salvatierra • Zelene Suchilt • Lesley Téllez • Denise Tolan • Eddie Vega • Kira Witkin


Vicente Lozano recipient of the 2023 Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa award.VICENTE LOZANO

The Board of the Macondo Writers Workshop has selected long-time Macondista and indefatigable supporter Vicente Lozano for the Macondo Writers Workshop 2022 Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa Award.  The award includes registration and fees at the Chuparosa level as well as a travel stipend to attend the Macondo Writers Workshop in the summer of 2023.

Named in honor of Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa, a queer South Texas writer and thinker, who did groundbreaking work and whose life as a writer exemplifies the tenets of the Macondo Writers Workshop, the award  honors her life and work. Anzaldúa’s legacy is one of resilience and perseverance and she embodies a lifelong commitment to “the work.” For Anzaldúa, writing meant transformation and discovery. One of her more famous quotes is “By writing I put order in the world, give it a handle so I can grasp it.” We believe the award represents Macondo’s effort to empower a Macondista by offering a space to do the same.

The Macondo Writers Workshop board selects the annual awardee on the basis of an exceptional record of service and generosity to the Macondo Writers Workshop community. Lozano has embodied a spirit of generosity and this award seeks to honor him and support him  as a writer and valued community member.

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Announcing New Macondistas Joining the Workshop in 2022

Susana Praver-Perez • Celine Aenille-Rocha • Yollotl Azure Lopez • JoAnn Balingit • Martha Bátiz • Catalina Bartlett • Angela Boyd • Beatriz Brenes • Beto Caradepiedra • Yvette DeChavez • Casey Eccles • Taylor Garcia • Alma M. Garcia • Gerónima Garza • Oso Guardiola • Melissa Mora Hidalgo • Victoria Hurtado-Anguio • Mónica Ibarra Parle • Anna Lapera • Mariel Milagros Jungkunz • Alicia Mireles Christoff • Gloria Muñoz • Catalina Ocampo Londoño • Violeta Orozco • Luivette Resto • Ryan Rivas • Lucy Rodriguez-Hanley • Elda Maria Roman • Isabel Santos • Verónica Solís • Dianne Solís • Angel Sutjipto • Ariana Vigil

Gregg Barrios, ¡Presente!


Gregg Barrios—Chicano educator, poet, playwright, journalist, activist, and all around movimientista—passed into the pantheon of late great Raza artists, intellectuals, and provocateurs on August 17, 2021. He was 80 years old, and lived a life at the center of foundational eras and multiple social and political movements in the US and globally. Gregg, as he preferred to be called, was an active if unsung participant and frequent instigator in Chicanx Movement struggles in various sites throughout Aztlán, intersecting LGBTQI+ Movement activities, and related institutional interventions in education, media, arts, and myriad social and political contexts.

Gregg’s greatness arose from his nimble navigation of the complexities and contradictions of Chicanx history, life, culture and politics. Indeed, his life involved the type of complex Chicanx realities and negotiations endemic to colonized and marginalized people, yet he also insisted on claiming the center as his own. He loved his own Tejano culture and also saw no contradiction in his dual love of broader intersecting cultures, from Elvis to David Bowie to Juan Gabriel and beyond.

His vexed, yet for him completely normal, navigations of his US and Chicanx identity involved service in the US Air Force Reserves during the Vietnam War, in which he participated in the transportation of wounded US soldiers returning to the US from Vietnam through Germany. While stationed at Bergstrom Air Force Base in Austin, Texas, he utilized the GI Bill to attend the University of Texas at Austin part-time. There he was active in developing that institution’s avant garde film movement, helping to found the renowned Cinema 40 Film Club, and promoting numerous events with world renowned filmmakers. He also co-founded the iconoclastic underground newspaper, The Rag, which is still in production.

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Sandra Cisneros Loves to Read About Women Waging Battle

sandra cisneros new york times“These are not your typical war stories,” says the writer Sandra Cisneros, whose new book is “Martita, I Remember You.”

What books are on your night stand?

I have a New Mexican writing desk on one side of my bed and an antique Mexican trunk on the other. Because of this, there are too many books stacked in precarious towers waiting to collapse whenever I reach for anything, the newer books burying the older. When I have to search for a book, it’s like excavating Tenochtitlán. Thanks to this interview, I’ve finally done some housecleaning. Here are some of the titles I found:

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Macondo Writers Workshop Readings

Thursday July 29, 7-8:30 p.m. CST (Zoom)
Free and Open to the public
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Macondo Writers Workshop Guest Faculty Reading
Featuring: Alex Espinoza, Daisy Hernández, and Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
With a guest appearance by Sandra Cisneros
Friday July 30th 7-8 p.m. CST (Zoom)
Free and Open to the Public
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Macondo Writers Workshop Open Mic Reading
Saturday July 31, 5:30-6:30 p.m. CST (Zoom)
With a guest appearance by Texas Poet Laureate Lupe Mendez
Free and Open to the public
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Announcing the New Macondistas joining the Workshop in 2021!

Kathleen Alcalá • Amy M. Alvarez • Victoria M. Bañales • Jo Reyes-Boitel • Cecilia Caballero • M Soledad Caballero • Vincent Chavez • Yohanca Delgado • Elisa Filio • Gabriel Frye-Behar • Alma García • Manuela Gomez Rhine • Maria José Maldonado • Adriana Darielle Mejía Briscoe • Donna Miscolta • Ofelia Montelongo • Karina Muñiz-Pagán • Adela Najarro • Claudio Alberto Rivera • Yvette Siegert • Marisa Celina Tirado • Angie Trudell Vasquez • Juan Fernando Villagómez



Daisy Hernandez is the author of the new book “The Kissing Bug: The True Story Of A Family, An Insect, And A Nation’s Neglect Of A Deadly Disease” . Hernandez was raised in New Jersey by her mother, who’s from Colombia, and her father, who’s from Cuba. When Hernandez was 5, her aunt, who was living in Colombia, came down with a mysterious ailment that caused her large intestine to swell so much people assumed she was pregnant. The aunt’s sisters flew her to New Jersey to care for her and get the medical help she needed. It was too late to completely stop the progression of the disease, which eventually killed her after many surgeries and years of suffering.

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