S196. Writing Medicine: The Role of Artists in Cultural and Community Healing

Room 213, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Saturday, March 7, 2020
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


In November 2018, the FBI reported that hate crimes increased for the third consecutive year. Writers and artists build resilience and help communities heal, not only through our work on the page, but through our work in the world. Panelists offer reflections on their healing practices, from hosting pláticas following the Pulse Nightclub shooting, to working with Central American migrants at the border, to rewriting the centuries-old proclamation for the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_–_Writing_Medicine_–_Outline.pdf



Michelle Otero is the poet laureate of Albuquerque and the author of Malinche’s Daughter. Her work has appeared on NPR’s Code Switch and in the Best of Brevity anthology. She is a graduate of Harvard University and Vermont College and a member of the Macondo Writer's Workshop.

Valerie Martínez's books of poetry include Absence, Luminescent, And They Called It Horizon, World to World, and Each and Her. She was the poet laureate of Santa Fe, New Mexico, from 2008–2010. Martinez is currently the director of history and literary arts at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

Anel I. Flores, lesbiana, chicana, artist, is the author of Empanada, a Lesbiana Story en Probaditas. She is a member of Macondo Writer’s Workshop and NALAC. Currently she is completing her forthcoming manuscripts, Cortinas de Lluvia and her graphic memoir, Pindada de Rojo.

Chasity Salvador is a writer, performer, advocate, and cocreator for/of indigenous women. Her professional, academic, and personal careers are focused on seeking and practicing healing among Pueblo communities, indigenous women, and Mother Earth through ancestral ways of knowing/being.

Maya Chinchilla is the author of The Cha Cha Files: A Chapina Poética and editor of CentroMariconadas: A Queer and Trans Central American Anthology. She teaches literature, creative writing, and Latina/o/x studies at San Francisco State University, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, and Holy Names University.


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