R216. Somos Writers: A Multigenre, Bilingual Reading from the "Other" Texas

Room 007A, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is located far west of the Texas people know best, on the borders of Ciudad Juárez, El Paso, and rural New Mexico. We have the only bilingual MFA in creative writing and were the first university in the Americas to offer an MFA in Spanish. We live between two cities divided by a wall. We write on that wall. MFA faculty Rosa Alcalá, Andrea Cote Botero, Daniel Chacón, and Tim Z. Hernandez will share poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and translation in this multigenre, bilingual reading.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Outline_for_Somos_Writers.docx



Daniel Chacón is author of Kafka in a Skirt: Stories from the Wall® as well as five other books of fiction. He won the PEN Oakland, American Book Award, and the Hudson Prize. He hosts Words on a Wire and is currently department chair for creative writing at UTEP.

Tim Z. Hernandez is an award-winning poet, novelist, research scholar, and performer. He holds an MFA from Bennington College and a BA from Naropa University and is currently an assistant professor at the University of Texas El Paso's Bilingual MFA program in Creative Writing.

Rosa Alcalá is the author of three books of poetry, most recently MyOther Tongue. Recipient of an NEA Translation Fellowship, her translations are included in Cecilia Vicuña: New & Selected Poems, which she also edited. She teaches at the University of Texas-El Paso.

Andrea Cote Botero is the author of the poetry collections Puerto Calcinado, La Ruina que nombro, and Chinatown 24 hours. 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 in the bilingual creative writing MFA program at UTEP.


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