San Miguel Writers Read from their Works
San Miguel Literary Sala Presents

Thursday, June 28, 5-7pm
Sala Literaria in Bellas Artes,(First floor in the northeast corner)

San Miguel Writers Read from their Works

By Susan Page

San Miguel Writers Read From Their Works

The “Works in Progress” evening at the Literary Sala was so popular that we are holding a second event, introducing eight more San Miguel writers to the literary community here in San Miguel. The public is welcome to attend to meet more of our experienced, professional, and talented writers and to be moved and inspired by their writing.

When you enter Bellas Artes, turn right under the porticoes and go to the end of the hall to the Literary Sala’s own beautiful reading and event room, Thursday afternoon, June 28, at 5 PM.

We will present the following San Miguel writers:

Ron Alexander
Ronald Alexander’s novella, Romanze for Martha, was a finalist in the St. Andrews Novella Competition. His essay entitled “Survivor’s Guilt” was published in the Chattahoochee Review and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Ronald is the author of the novel, The War on Dogs, published by Hollyridge Press. His fiction has appeared in many publications including the Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Review, Confrontation, and the Chicago Tribune, and his stories have been featured on Word Theatre. Ronald holds an MFA in Fiction form Warren Wilson College. He has been an instructor at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program in Los Angeles for several years, and he was on the faculty of the San Miguel Writers’ Conference in 2017. He will read from a story-in-progress entitled “Marrow.”

Stephen Clark
Stephen Clark will read from his novel La Disconquista, about rogue Automatic Teller Machines that give everyone one hundred dollars daily. He wrote for his college paper and co-founded a bilingual newspaper in California’s Salinas Valley. In San Miguel, he has written poetry, a mathematics book, and his novel-in-progress.

Elizabeth Hanly
Elizabeth Hanly is a professor of Creative Writing at the Honors College at Florida International University in Miami, where her popular courses have extensive waiting lists. This spring and summer she has been teaching similar courses here in San Miguel.

She is a writer, editor, and educator who specializes in creative non-fiction. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian of London, Nation, Vogue, and dozens more national publications. Her areas of expertise are Latin America and the Caribbean, human rights, and the arts. She has brought home stories from war zones and refugee camps, from gold mines in Brazil and from Peronist Party headquarters in Argentina, and from art studios in Havana. She is currently working on an autobiographical novel set in Cuba.

Brad Rockwell
Brad Rockwell will be reading from his biography of Dr. Alberto G. Garcia, who was a Mexican revolutionary, a path-breaking surgeon, a crusading journalist, an activist for Mexican American and women’s rights, a yogi, and a tantric alchemist. Brad himself is a yogi and siddha. As a lawyer and advocate, Brad contributed to the shutdown of a nuclear power plant in Indiana, the blocking of WalMart’s colonization of India, the elimination of Channel One from the U.S. public schools, and the adoption of the Heritage Tree Ordinance in Austin, Texas. Brad’s writing has appeared in history and legal journals and in Texas Supreme Court opinions.

Joy Sablatura Rockwell
Joy Sablatura Rockwell will read from her memoir, Machu Picchu Mojo. Battling a newly diagnosed illness, and following through with a childhood dream, she overcame her fears and found a life-changing surprise at the top of Machu Picchu.

Joy has performed at storytelling events for the past six years. At the Frontera Fest in Austin, her monologue won a Best of the Week award out of twenty entries. It was entitled, “The Sex of Joy,” about her experiences with on-line dating after becoming single at age 50.

Joy has been an educator and fundraiser for family planning agencies, for a food bank, and for a homeless shelter. She is a massage therapist and a teacher of kundalini yoga, and she plays a 32-inch symphonic gong for meditation classes.

Her opinion pieces have appeared in Texas newspapers. She and her husband recently moved to San Miguel and she is working on her memoir.

Gaia Schilke
Gaia Schilke has exhibited her artwork in New York, New England, Florida and Mexico, and has published her illustrations and poetry internationally, including such publications as Aloud! (Henry Holt); StoryHead (Chicago); Going Down Swinging (Australia); & Krax (England). She published her book of illustrated poems and stories, From the Margin, in 1997 and is currently working on a book of her New York City poems from 1985-2000. Schilke was recently published in The New York Times, in an article about the effect of the television show Sex and the City in which she related her experience living in New York.

Schilke lived in Costa Rica for three years before moving to San Miguel de Allende two years ago. She grew up in Connecticut and lived in Manhattan for twenty years and Rhode Island for ten years before becoming a dedicated expat.


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