We’ve been staying busy! We kicked off the month of October with a wonderful collaboration with John Pluecker from the organization Failure to Identify where we featured writers Charles Alexander and Rodrigo Toscano at Kaboom Books.
The night was filled with musical and experimental poetry that left everyone wired and inspired. We hope that both of them will make it back to Houston soon to grace us with their words. Our friend Erika Jo Brown over at Inprint wrote up a great blog post about it too! Thank you Erika!
Then we kept moving right along with the beginning of our Thrills: October Writing Workshop Series. Our first session on flash fiction was facilitated by Hugo E. Rodriguez. Participants got the chance to explore objects that thrilled them including a Luchadores mask, a calavera statue and a very bizarre photo with a blue eye peeking through a hole. Needless to say participants came up with some pretty interesting work!
Our second workshop lead by Tintero’s very own founder Lupe Mendez explored collecting oral histories and creating found poems through black out poetry using newspaper articles. Participants used sharpies to blackout lines of an article in order to create a new piece of poetry. Check out what Icess Fernandez Rojas had to say about her experience in her blog post: Learning to Write Blackout Poetry.
Finally, our most recent workshop this past Sunday 10/16 was guest facilitated by the talented actor and playwright Josh Inocencio. He led participants through several writing exercises on talking to ancestors and developing characters. He shared some of his own works in progress and encouraged participants to keep searching for the “kernels of history” that could help build their stories.
We still have TWO more workshops left so please join us and don’t be shy! Bring a pen and bring a friend. This Sunday 10/23 Icess Fernandez will lead us in a long form fiction workshop and on 10/30 Leslie Contrreras Shwartz will talk to us about publishing opportunities and strategies. We will then finish off with a fun submissions party at Bohemeo’s next door.
Special shout out and thanks to Lizbeth Ortiz for letting us use the East End Studio Gallery for these workshops! It’s community partners and collaborators like her that make opportunities like this possible.