Alejandrina Drew - Retired as General Manager for the City of Dallas Latino Cultural Center
in 2009; Former Director of the City of
El Paso Arts and Culture Department for more than seventeen years retiring in
2004; Founder and Director of the Centro de Lenguas of the Universidad Autónoma
de Ciudad Juárez, México; Chancellor of Cultural Affairs for the Mexican Consulate in El Paso;
Professor of Spanish and Italian in Mexico City, El Paso, Texas, Columbus, Georgia,
Seoul, South Korea and Richland College in Dallas, Texas; Holds a BA (Licenciatura) in Italian Language
and Literature from the Universidad
Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM); Took Independent courses in Italian Art and
Literature at the Università degli Studi di Firenze in Florence, Italy during
1968-69; Holds a MA in Spanish Language and Literature and an MFA in Creative
Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP); Published Cuaderno
de Ixtapa, a book of poetry by Editorial Hispano Latinoamerican , Lima, Perú. 1999.
Also two bilingual stories for children:
Abra cadabra, patas de cabraby
Eakin Press. Austin, Texas. 2000, and Los lagartos de San Jacinto/The Alligators of San JacintobyMouthfeel Press. El Paso, Texas.2014.
Nancy Lorenza Green is an Afro-Chicana artist from El Paso/Cd. Juárez. A Yoruba priestess of Oya, she uses creative writing, percussion and flute music as mediums of communication and cultural expression. For more information: http://mujeresdemaiz.ning.com/profile/
Nancy is the author of Crucified River/Rio Crucificado.
Josie Mixon is
is an award-winning domestic violence and sexual abuse awareness advocate. Born in Mission, Texas, she is a survivor of both sexual abuse and domestic violence of more than 20 years. She now advocates awareness and is a force to be reckoned with. In 2009, she was the recipient of the PEACE Initiative’s Phoenix Award for her contribution to end the cycle of violence. Her publication credits include two published collections of poetry – Reflections of My Battered Life (2007) and Of Flesh and Flesh and Bone I Am Woman, Surviving Abuse (2008).
Josie is the author of Off the Beaten Path
Katherine Hoerth was born in rural Wisconsin, but moved to south Texas at an early age. She received her BA in English from the University of Texas Pan American and is currently pursuing her MFA in creative writing. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in various literary journals. Katherine taught English in a small, south Texas border town for several years. Although she has traveled extensively through Europe, the Middle East, and Mexico, Katherine will always call this borderland home. She currently lives in Edinburg, Texas, with her soul mate and her many cats.
Katherine is the author of Among the Mariposas.
CelinaVillagarcia’s roots are in the Rio Grande
Valle y, San Benito, Texas. She earned
her B.A. in Sociology at Metropolitan State University of Denver and most
recently a Masters of Arts in Theology at Oblate School of Theology in 2012. She has lived in San Antonio, Texas for the
past thirteen years where she and her husband, Paul, find great pleasure in
raising their four children, ages 11 to 19.
Her work has appeared in Texas
Poetry Calendar, San Antonio Express-News and various journals including Forge Journal, Acentos Review, and The Café Review.
Carolina Monsiváis is a recipient of the Premio Poesia Tejana for her book, SomewhereBetween Houston and El Paso. Her work is anthologized in Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry, Literary El Paso and U.S. Latino Literature Today. A dedicated advocate/activist in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault, she has worked with survivors in Texas, New Mexico and Juárez. As part of her work, she has facilitated writing workshops for fellow activists. She earned degrees from the University of Houston and New Mexico State University. Monsiváis currently teaches at El Paso Community College, located in her hometown El Paso, Texas, where she lives with her husband, Chicano writer Richard Yañez, and their son, Pablo.
Carolina is the author of Elisa's Hunger.
Laura Cesarco Eglin
nació en Montevideo, Uruguay. Laura es una de los poetas incluidos en Plata Caribe: Poesía Dominicana y Uruguaya del Siglo XXI. Completó una maestría en la Universidad Hebrea de Jerusalén, y actualmente cursa su último año del MFA en Creación Literaria de la Universidad de Texas en El Paso. Para leer mas: www.lauracesarco.blogspot.com
Laura es la autora de Llamar al agua por su nombre.
Cassandra Love is a a true California daughter. She is a 2008 PEN USA Emerging Voices Fellow. Her poems have been featured and anthologized in Forth Magazine, Haight Ashbury, and Mezcla. She is the host of the radio show "For the Love of Poetry" on BlogTalkRadio. She studied literature and played basketball at Yale, and currently lives with her daughter Lau, and partner Guillherme in L.A.
She is the author of Swagger is a Woman.
ire'ne lara silva lives in Austin, TX. Her work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. She is the 2008 recipient of the Gloria Anzaldúa Milagro Award and is a 2010 Cantomundo Inaugural Fellow. ire'ne can be reached at email@example.com.