Where: Centennial Museum The University of Texas at El Paso
500 W. University Avenue
Free, but donations encouraged for the presenter
Saturdays 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Please Note: New Start Time
Workshop Schedule for February 2020
Cliches and How to Avoid Them
Robin Scofield is the author of Sunflower Cantos and Flow, which was named Southwest Book of the Year by the Border Library Regional Association. Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Western Humanities Review, and Theology Today. She has poems appearing or forthcoming in The Ponder Review, Gyroscope Review, and Mockingheart Review. Scofield is a long time participant in the Tumblewords Project.
Art Shots: Write the Image, Part 2
Twenty year Tumblewords participant Jeannette DesBoine is a writer, indie publisher, and an emerging artist. Early on, she was a newspaper reporter and TV talk show host. She has published in a variety of literary journals and magazines. Among other accolades, she was awarded the Woman of Achievement Award in Business and Technology for Contra Costa County, CA and she founded Oseye Cultural Arts Center in El Paso, TX.
Against Love Poetry
Kit Wren has participated in the Tumblewords Project since he was 12 years old. During his time studying English literature at the University of North Texas, he was nominated for an award for achievement in short fiction. His sportswriting has appeared in The Dentonite. Since moving back to El Paso in 2014, he has been active in Tumblewords, the Barbed Wire Open Mic Series, and in FrontEra Slam. Kit is a frequent presenter of workshops for the Tumblewords Project.
Speaking In Tongues: The Poetry of Invente Languages
David Dorado Romo is a writer, musician and historian who specializes in borderland studies. He will be joined by members of his poetry band, Glosolalia, Rick Quintanar and Carlos Fidel Espinoza. Quintanar is a world traveler and craftsman who has worked as a professional drummer since age 14. Espinoza lives, writes, teaches, and plays music along the U.S./Mexico border. His work is published in many literary venues. He appeared in the international art installation, Border Tuner, both as featured poet and as a musician. In addition, Carlos Fidel Espinoza is the editor-in-chief of the Barrio Panther Literatura Magazine. Romo is author of the award-winning Ringside Seat to a Revolution: The Underground History of Ciudad Juárez and El Paso, 1893-1923. He plays sax and guitar as part of the poetry band Glosolalia. Romo has been the recipient of Ford Foundation Fellowship, the Fulbright Fellowship, and the Clements Center for Southwestern Studies Fellowship. Romo is co-director of the Museo Urbano, a public history project based in El Paso that has received national recognition. His historical essays and editorials have appeared in the Texas Monthly, Mexico City’s Nexos, Texas Observer and Los Angeles Times. He is currently writing a book about propaganda and intelligence on the U.S.-Mexico border during World War II. For this project he has conducted research in archives in Germany, Mexico and the United States.
Art of the Thank You Note
Mónica Gómez has made her living as a writer, performing songwriter, broadcaster, motivational speaker, and teacher of creative writing and martial arts. As host of State of the Arts, a weekly radio program on NPR affiliate, KTEP 88.5, for several years, she interviewed a spectrum of local and visiting artists about their lives and work. In January 2020, her letter regarding a book that changed her life was published in the on-line version of the New York Times. Her writing has also been published in numerous anthologies including Red Boots & Attitude: The Spirit of Texas Women Writers. She twice received the El Paso Writers’ League’s Best of Best poetry award and was featured on NPR’s Theme and Variations. Distilled from years of work with diverse populations, Mónica’s creative writing workbook, EXPRESSERCIZE: Write Answers contains more than 100 exercises in expression and self-discovery. Mónica’s workshops integrate diverse forms of inspiration and focus on the literal creative power of writing. The workshop make use of connecting with memory and storytelling to convey an experience that sparks gratitude rather than platitudes and cliché.