S288. Latinx and Latin American Writers in the US: A Border-Crosser Community

C123, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


President Trump has relentlessly attacked Latinx and immigrant communities working in the US. As a community-making practice, writing has become a way to connect, express rage, but also produce solace. Four writers/professors from a range of backgrounds—one unrepentant Border-crosser Latinx, two Mexican nationals who write bilingually, and a Colombian who translates right on the Border—will interrogate aesthetic and ethical challenges, faced by a practice committed to critical thinking.



Silvias Aguilar received her MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Texas at El Paso. She is a bilingual author. Her work has been included in anthologies of Korea, Peru, México, and the US. She currently coordinates of CasaOctavia, a writing residency for women in El Paso, TX.

Andrea Cote-Botero is the author of the poetry collections Puerto CalcinadoLa Ruina que nombro, and Chinatown 24 hour. She has also published books of prose: A Nude Photographer: A Biography of Tina Modotti and Blanca Varela or Writing From Solitude. She is Assistant Professor at the bilingual creative writing MFA at University of Texas at El Paso.

Cristina Rivera Garza is the award-winning author of novels, collections of short stories, and a poetry book. She is a distinguished professor of Hispanic Studies and Creative Writing at the University of Houston. She has theorized the link between writing and community in our violent times.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center