The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) and Red Salmon Arts present the second annual Flor de Nopal Literary Festival on Saturday, September 29. Events include two writing workshops and a reading session.
The first writing workshop, led by author Liliana Valenzuela, is titled Translingual Poetics: Writing Authentic Poems and focuses on language and the way people use it with those around them. Valenzuela will try to break the notions people have of poems and how they’re supposed to be written. Her workshop will be held from 1-3 p.m. at the Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) located at 600 River St.
While the first workshop focuses on poems, the second one, “Incorporating the Fantastic and Mythical Into Narrative Writing presented by writer Jo Reyes-Boitel,” will center on mythical and fantastical stories. Even though these kinds of stories are present throughout our lives and are used to inform, educate or enlighten a family, community or culture, the workshop will concentrate on how mythical and fantastical stories influence and reveal information about the narrator or creator. The works of authors that will be presented include Tyehimba Jess, Patricia Smith, Dionisio D. Martinez. The workshop will be held from 3-5 p.m. at the MACC. Following the workshops will be a reading session hosted by writer Ire’ne Lara Silva at 7 p.m. at Resistencia Bookstore located at 1801-A South 1st St.