Armijo Branch Library
620 E. 7th Street, El Paso TX 79901
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Free, but donations encouraged for the presenter
Saturdays 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
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November 2019 Workshops
Raquel B. Mejia
Dia de los Muertos:
Remembering Their Stories, Even Pets.
Raquel Mejia is a poet and literary curator for events and anthologies. She is currently collaborating on the theatrical production with the Escape from Tornillo theater collective. Raquel is also co-curating the Tumblewords Project El Paso portion for the poetry night of the bi-national interactive art installation, Border Tuner, a project by internationally renowned artist, Raphael Lozano-Hemmer. Raquel's work has appeared in Mezcla I and II, art & writing from the Tumblewords Project; Calaveras Fronterizas - Rincon Bohemio; RANCHOLASVOCES-Border Art & Cultural Internet Magazine; and in Taller Literario Pablo Ochoa: XXV Aniversario, published by ICHICULT. She has performed her work in many venues in Chihuahua, Jimenez, and El Paso, in many venues including libraries, museums, high schools, cultural centers, and the Smithsonian Virtual Museum for Rincon Bohemio.
With Canadian photographer Margie MacDonald, Raquel collaborated in an expositionon sensual food poetry and visual art in Chihuahua, Mexico. She participates frequently with Tumblewords Project and is a founding member of Rincon Bohemio for bilingual writers. Raquel is one of sixty-five international women poets included in 2009-2010 in the Huajuquilla, Chihuahua Reporter's RANCHOLASVOCES, an art and cultural journal, and is a contributing reporter for that journal. She also presents workshops in the El Paso Community College Senior Writing Program. Each year, Raquel presents a special workshop focused on old and new myths and traditions associated with Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.
H. W. "Bill" Sparks
"Using Imagination in your writing"
H. W. "Bill" Sparks describes himself as a frustrated Hemingway and an active volunteer with the Tumblewords Project. Eclectic in his interests, Mr. Sparks has developed a world vie driven by travel to more than 40 states and a dozen foreign countries. He has only come out of his shell in recent years to begin writing and credits his late friend Jutta Matalka with the final push that brought him to the Tumblewords Project. Mr. Sparks served his country for 20 years in the United States Army, retiring in 1985. He has served our community on a variety of boards over the last 34 years, including being active with neighborhood associations and Rotary International for several years. He now serves as a Veterans Advocate for El Paso area Veterans in need. Besides writing and community activism, he enjoys all types of music, reading (mostly science fiction for entertainment), and stamp collecting. Bill says, "To know me is to love me; if you do not love me, you do not know me."
If You Bring Nothing New to This Place
But Your Carcass, Keep Out.
A life-long writer/artist, Gustavo Enriquez is an active member of the El Paso's every growing literary community. He has taken part in and led numerous workshops throughout the city, including the Tumblewords Project. His work has been showcased at a variety of open mics and poetry events, and has been published in Rio Grande Review and the first Chismosa Press anthology. Tavo currently serves on the board of the University of Texas at El Paso's Creative Writing Society.
Victor Hernandez is an artist from Socorro, Texas who returned to la frontera after spending several years in Austin and Houston working as a commercial artist. Hernandez's work includes sculpture, portraits, video, collage, textile, multi-media, and other art forms. He has finished four murals in the past year, as well. Recently, Hernandez was recently the sole visual artist selected to represent El Paso culture at the Magoffin House El Paso Proud Culture Festival. He has had solo shows at contemporary art venues in Houston, and has been part of various exhibitions, including with JUNTOS Art Association, in El Paso. For the band Organ Failure, Victor created album cover art and a music video. His painting, "Angel in Decline," is the cover art for Poemas ante el Catafalco: Grief and Renewal, published by Chimbarazu Press of New York City. Several of his drawings have been featured in Return to Mago, an international webzine. This will be his eighth Tumblewords workshop presentation.