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Macondo Festival of Readings

Macondo Festival of Readings

Macondo at The Guadalupe presents Festival of Readings, a series of free public readings with selected Macondistas Thursday, July 14 – Saturday, July 16, 2016.



Reading with Alex Espinoza & Macondistas

July 14, 2016 at 7:00 pm

The Historic Guadalupe Theater

Alex Espinoza was born in Tijuana, Mexico to parents from the state of Michoacán and raised in suburban Los Angeles. In high school and afterwards, he worked a series of retail jobs, selling everything from eggs and milk to used appliances, custom furniture, rock T-shirts, and body jewelry. After graduating from the University of California-Riverside, he went on to earn an MFA from UC-Irvine’s Program in Writing. His first novel, Still Water Saints, was published by Random House in 2007 and was named a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection. The book was released simultaneously in Spanish, under the title Los santos de Agua Mansa, California, translated by Lilliana Valenzuela. His second novel, The Five Acts of Diego León, was published by Random House in March 2013. Alex’s fiction has appeared in several anthologies and journals, including Inlandia: A Literary Journey Through California’s Inland EmpireLatinos in LotuslandHuizache, Silent Voices, The Southern California Review, and Flaunt. His essays have been published at, in the New York Times Magazine, in The Other Latin@: Writing Against a Singular Identity, in The Los Angeles Review of Books, and as part of the historic Chicano Chapbook Series. He has also reviewed books for the Los Angeles Times, the American Book Review, and NPR. His awards include a 2009 Margaret Bridgeman Fellowship in Fiction to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a 2014 Fellowship in Prose from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a 2014 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation for The Five Acts of Diego León


An active participant in Sandra Cisneros’ Macondo Workshop and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Alex serves on the board of Cal Humanities, a statewide non-profit whose aim is “to connect Californians to ideas and one another in order to understand our shared heritage and diverse cultures, inspire civic participation, and shape our future.”  Alex is also deeply involved with the Puente Project, a program designed to help first-generation community college students make a successful transition to a university. A Puente student himself, he has since served as a Puente mentor and often visits Puente classes to talk with students and teachers about writing, literature, and the opportunities he gained through education. Currently, Alex is an associate professor of English at CSU-Fresno where he teaches literature and creative writing. As always, he is at work on his next book.


Reading with Tim Hernandez & Macondistas

July 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm

The Historic Guadalupe Theater

Tim Z. Hernandez is an award winning writer, research scholar, and performance artist, whose works have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, CNN, Public Radio International, and National Public Radio.


In 2006, his debut collection of poetry, Skin Tax (Heyday Books) received the American Book Award, and the James Duval Phelan Award from the San Francisco Foundation. His first novel, Breathing, In Dust (Texas Tech University Press) was awarded the 2010 Premio Aztlan Prize in fiction from the National Hispanic Cultural Center, and in 2011, the Poetry Society of America named him one of sixteen New American Poets. In 2013, he released his third collection of poetry, Natural Takeover of Small Things (University of Arizona Press), which went on to recieve the 2014 Colorado Book Award in Poetry. Also in 2013, he released an historical fiction novel, Mañana Means Heaven (University of Arizona Press), which is based on the life of Bea Franco, the real woman behind author Jack Kerouac’s “Mexican Girl” in his book On the Road. Based on Hernandez’s relentless search to locate the mysterious Bea Franco, the book is grounded in one-on-one interviews the author conducted with her before she died at the age of 92. Mañana Means Heaven garnered rave reviews from international critics, and went on to receive the 2014 International Latino Book Award. In 2014 he was also a finalist for the inaugural Split This Rock Freedom Plow Award for his work on locating the victims of the 1948 plane wreck at Los Gatos—the incident made famous by Woody Guthrie’s song of the same name. The result of this six year long investigative work is the basis for his highly anticipated forthcoming book, All They Will Call You (University of Arizona Press), and the accompanying documentary, Searching for the Plane Wreck at Los Gatos Canyon.


As a performer, Hernandez has collaborated with experimental theater troupes, Grammy Award winning composers, hip-hop, reggage, and Latin Rock artists, from universities and cultural institutions to black box theaters in New York City, from the Getty Center in Los Angeles to the migrant labor camps of central California. In 2001, he was commissioned by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles to write and perform an original play on homelessness, and since 2007, he has worked with Poets & Writers Inc. and the California Center for the Book offering writing workshops to rural communities across the west coast.


Hernandez holds a B.A. in Writing & Literature from Naropa University, and an M.F.A. from Bennington College in Vermont. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas El Paso’s Bilingual M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing.


Reading with Joe Jimenez & Young Macondistas

July 16, 2016 at 3:00 pm

The Historic Guadalupe Theater

Joe Jiménez is the author of The Possibilities of Mud (Kórima 2014) and Bloodline, a young adult novel (Arte Público 2016).  Jiménez is the recipient of the 2016 Letras Latinas/ Red Hen Press Poetry Prize and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles.  The short film “El Abuelo,” based on Jiménez’s poem, has been screened in Belgium, the Netherlands, Mexico, France, Argentina, Ireland, England, and the US. He lives in San Antonio,Texas, and is a member of the Macondo Workshops.


Reading with Allison Hedge Coke

July 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm  

The Historic Guadalupe Theater

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke’s authored books include: (poetry) The Year of the Rat (chapbook), Dog Road Woman, Off-Season City Pipe, Streaming, Blood Run (poetry/verse-play); and a memoir Rock Ghost, Willow, Deer. Hedge Coke has edited eight additional collections, including: Sing: Poetry of the Indigenous Americas, Effigies (Pacific Rim), Effigies II (US Continent), and Ahani (ToTopos). Current projects include Burn (MadHat Press 2016), Effigies III (Pacific Island) (2017), and the Red Dust film-media-lit-music project (in production). Hedge Coke directs the Literary Sandhill Crane Retreat & Festival and has been awarded fellowships/residencies with Lannan Foundation, Weymouth Center for the Arts, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, MacDowell Colony, Hawthornden Castle, Great Plains Center, and her honors include an American Book Award, Library of Congress Witter Bynner Fellowship, a Lifetime Achievement Award, a Mentor of the Year Award, an IPPY Medal, a Pen Southwest Book Award, three distinguished positions, and numerous literary and arts grants. She is a poet, writer, performer, editor, and literary activist. She came of age cropping tobacco and working fields, waters, and working in factories.


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