R194. Across the Borderline: Healing Narratives for a Wounded Geography

Room 213, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


The US-Mexico borderlands are often referred to as a cohesive territory, but the reality is a region of subregional differences, including in literature. Five writers explore the nuances of a vast geography: each of us has written of people and places in one or more of the border states (on both sides of the line). This reading and dialogue addresses the challenge of representing an overdetermined geography, particularly at such a convulsive moment. We seek new pathways across the border.



Raquel Gutiérrez is an Arizona-based poet and essayist who 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.

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.

Roberto Tejada is a visual arts writer, translator, and poet whose books include Full Foreground, Exposition Park, and Mirrors for Gold; as well as the art histories National Camera: Photography and Mexico’s Image Environment and A Ver: Celia Alvarez Muñoz.

Rubén Martínez is an author, journalist, and performer. He books include Crossing Over and Desert America. He holds the Fletcher Jones Chair in Literature and Writing at Loyola Marymount University and is an artist in residence at Stanford University's Institute for Diversity in the Arts.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center