R139. When Your Homeland Is Called a Crisis: Tejanas on Zero Tolerance

Room 217D, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
9:00 am to 10:15 am


What happens when your homeland—and muse—becomes a major international news story? What issues of power and agency come into play when politicians push for headlines and outside journalists claim authority to the narrative? Using the so-called “crisis” in the borderlands as a case study, four acclaimed Tejana essayists will discuss the intersection of journalism and memoir that emerges when you are both an observer and a native of a place—and how to do justice to its complexities.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Tejana_Panel_Outline.docx
Supplemental Document 1: BIBLIOGRAPHY_OF_THE_BORDERLANDS.docx



Stephanie Elizondo Griest is the author of Around the Bloc, Mexican Enough, and All the Agents & Saints. Associate professor of creative nonfiction at UNC-Chapel Hill, she lectures globally, including as a Moth storyteller, and won a Margolis Award for Social Justice Reporting at the US border.

Cecilia Ballí has written for longform magazines for twenty years, including Texas Monthly and Harper’s Magazine. She has chronicled violence along the US-Mexico border since 2003, and held various writing residencies including the Texas Institute of Letter's Dobie Paisano Fellowship.

Michelle Garcia is a Soros Equality Fellow and the Dobie Paisano fellow. She is the former Texas correspondent for the Columbia Journalism Review and a former Texas Observer columnist. She reported from the Washington Post’s New York bureau and frequently contributes to the Oxford American and Guernica.

Macarena Hernández is a multimedia journalist and professor. Her work has been published in the New York Times, the Dallas Morning News, San Antonio Express-News, the Los Angeles Times, PBS, and other media outlets. A former editorial columnist, she has been writing about the border for twenty years.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center