F270. De Aquí y de Allá: Emerging Central American Writers on Finding Their Voices in the Literary Community

Grand Salon B, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Writing about family, identity, and home is a complicated process for Central American writers in the US. In a literary industry that practically lumps every Latinx writer beneath the same umbrella, this panel will bring emerging writers from the triangle of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador to discuss how they write about their heritage, get published, navigate MFA creative writing programs, and deal with a geographical landscape that has marked their imaginations and their creative output.


Roy G. Guzmán received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota. He will pursue a PhD in cultural studies and comparative literature in fall 2017. Roy received his BA from the University of Chicago and his MA from Dartmouth. His work has been published in Poetry.

Born in Guatemala and raised in Arizona, María Isabel Alvarez received her MFA in fiction from Arizona State University. Her short stories have been published in Black Warrior Review, Sonora Review, Gulf Coast, Arts & Letters, Puerto del Sol, and elsewhere. Follow her on Twitter: @maria_i_alvarez

Raquel Gutiérrez is a poet, prose writer, and essayist. She publishes chapbooks with Econo Textual Objects. Her work explores tensions and creates intimate portraits of being a brown, queer child of immigrants. She holds a master's degree in performance studies from New York University.

Ariel Francisco Henriquez is a Dominican/Guatemalan/American poet. He received his MFA in poetry at Florida International University in Miami.

Susana Marcelo is a lecturer at CSUN and LAVC. She has been published in The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States and In-Flight Literary Magazine. She is also the creative director of La Ceiba: The Undergraduate Journal of Central American Studies at CSUN.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside