F256. Creating Community Across Programs

Room 504, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, April 1, 2016
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Latino/a writers currently pursuing MFAs share how they have created community with one another across programs: an online workshop that convenes over the summer; a year-round virtual book club; engaging in an online roundtable discussion for eventual dissemination on the web; and attending a conference at ASU, which served as the backdrop of the third gathering, after the first two at Notre Dame—all under the auspices of the Letras Latinas Writers Initiative. They'll share some of their work, too.



Lauren Espinoza is currently an MFA student in poetry at Arizona State University where she is the teaching artist for the Young Writers Program. She is an inaugural member of the Letras Latinas Young Poets Initiative and a CantoMundo graduate assistant. She holds a MAIS in Mexican American studies.

Ae Hee Lee was born in South Korea but lived in Peru for fourteen years. She is currently a candidate at the MFA poetry program at the University of Notre Dame and works as a graduate assistant for Letras Latinas in the university's Institute of Latino Studies.

Melisa Garcia is a 3rd year MFA poet at the University of New Mexico. She is currently the managing editor of graduate literary magazine Blue Mesa Review at UNM. She also leads ekphrastic workshops at the university museum.

Jacqueline Balderrama is an MFA candidate in poetry at Arizona State University and serves as copoetry editor for Hayden's Ferry Review.

Steve Castro is the poetry editor of Folio and the assistant poetry editor of decomP. His work has or will appear in Verse Daily: Web Weekly Features, Paper Darts, Grey Sparrow Journal, Toad Suck Review, Coldfront, 100 Word Story, Luna Luna, apt, The Broken Plate, etc.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center