Macondo Writers




Macondo board members are made up of experienced Macondista volunteers. They constitute a working board. Members serve a minimum of two years, and may serve for a third year of additional service. During their tenure, board members do not attend workshops or participate in workshop activities, but focus on serving and leading the organization. The board normally meets weekly to discuss and plan the annual Macondo Writers Workshop.

Pat Alderete for Macondo Writers

Pat Alderete (Applications Administrator, Ex-Officio Board member) is a motorcycle riding butch who was born and raised in East Los Angeles. She writes about the beauty and brutality of varrio life, rendering the complex inner worlds and strict social hierarchies of a community too seldom observed in literature.

Norma Elia Cantú for Macondo Writers

Norma Elia Cantú is the Norine R. and T. Frank Murchison Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and serves as the President of the American Folklore Society (2019-2021). Her most recent publications include the co-edited anthologies, Teaching Gloria E. Anzaldúa: Pedagogies and Practices for our Classrooms and our Communities and meXicana Fashions: Politics, Self-Adornment, and Identity Construction; the novel, Cabañuelas, and Meditación Fronteriza: Poems of Love, Life, and Labor.

Olivia Mena for Macondo Writers
Olivia Mena is a postcolonial scholar and writer. She has taught at Princeton University and the University of Texas at Austin. She is finishing a non-fiction book about border walls and currently works as a professional researcher.
Miguel Angel Ramirez for Macondo Writers

Miguel Angel Ramirez is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Gallaudet University. Their work has been featured in publications like PleiadesDenver Quarterly, and the Black Warrior Review. Currently, they divide their time between Washington, D.C., and El Paso, Texas.

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