F190. Monsters Under Your Bed: Writing from Folklore, Reinterpreting Legend

Room 505, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, April 1, 2016
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Literary interpretations of folklore range from cautionary tales to tales of terror. Latino and Portuguese writers examine iconic figures in Latino and Lusophonic cultures like El Cucui, Los Duendes, and La Llorona. Learn why and how these nightmarish figures fit into youth-friendly literature promoting life lessons, how they retain aspects of frightening folklore and culture, and how reinterpretations strive to preserve adult nostalgia for these beloved beasts and sentimental specters.



Millicent Borges Accardi, the author of three poetry books: Injuring Eternity, Woman on a Shaky Bridge, and Only More So. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, CantoMundo, and the California Arts Council.

Jose Faus is a writer and visual artist. He is a founding member of the Latino Writers Collective and president of the board of the Writers Place, a resource and advocacy center for Kansas City area writers.

Maria Vasquez Boyd is a painter, artist, writer, and founding member of the Latino Writers Collective in Kansas City Missouri. Her work is published in Primera PaginaCuentos Del CentroEveryday Other ThingsSalit MagazineAmerica Now, and Here Kansas City Renga.

Amy Sayre Baptista’s stories have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Ninth Letter, Sou'wester, LUSO American Voices, and Chicago Noir. She is a CantoMundo fellow, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and a scholarship recipient to the Disquiet Literary Festival in Lisbon, Portugal. She has an MFA in fiction from the University of Illinois.

Miguel M. Morales


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center