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Words of Wisdom from Celebrated Author Carla Trujillo

Words of Wisdom from Celebrated Author Carla Trujillo

Born in New Mexico and based in California, Carla Trujillo is an esteemed fiction writer, editor, educator and a founding member of the Macondo Writers Workshop that Sandra Cisneros established in San Antonio in 1995. Celebrated for her novel What Night Brings (2003) and her work as editor of the Lambda Literary Award-winning anthology Chicana

Gay Memoirists Jamie Brickhouse and David Crabb Trip Down Memory Lane

Gay Memoirists Jamie Brickhouse and David Crabb Trip Down Memory Lane

“You know how some serial killers are “returners” — they’ll go back to the scene of the crime to see their handiwork?” David Crabb asks me. “I’m not a serial killer, but I’m a returner.” I’m not a serial killer either, but like Crabb, I’m a memoirist, so by definition, a returner. We are having

Vet Erika Land pulls poetry from her PTSD

Vet Erika Land pulls poetry from her PTSD

“I had to shut off my emotions. The only emotion was anger.” Erika Land’s memories of her deployment at a military hospital in Iraq include a military pilot’s brain fragments spilling out over her hands. She began obsessively washing them. She’s since recovered from that compulsion, but other symptoms of her PTSD are not as

A conversation with poet Richard Blanco

A conversation with poet Richard Blanco

“We forget that to be an intelligent, thriving human being means to pull from all sources of information, knowledge, and understanding.” Richard Blanco received our democratic society’s version of literary knighthood in 2013 when President Barack Obama chose him as the nation’s fifth inaugural poet. He is the first Latino, the first openly gay man,

From closeted to ‘Fearless’ in college sports

From closeted to ‘Fearless’ in college sports

“This book shows the images of young people who are role models for the rest of us: athletes who are not afraid to be who they are despite the difficulties in being openly LGBT in sports.” Life is good these days for Matt Dooley, who just completed his first year at the University of Texas

A View of Reality from a Chartreuse Couch*: Susan Yerkes

A View of Reality from a Chartreuse Couch*: Susan Yerkes

*My Own Private Alamo Gene: Hello, Susan. I am so delighted to have you visit the world-famous Chartreuse Couch, and we have a lot to talk about: San Antonio past, San Antonio future, Cornyation, UFOs and art. There is just a world of knowledge in your brain and we need to hear all of it.

Three S.A. writers elected to Texas Institute of Letters

Three S.A. writers elected to Texas Institute of Letters

Three San Antonio writers have been elected to the prestigious Texas Institute of Letters, an Austin-based non-profit that promotes Texas literature and recognizes literary achievements by Texas authors. The San Antonians selected for induction are Gregg Barrios, Nan Cuba and William Jack Sibley. Barrios was featured in an article on the Out In SA web

Dear John Willie: The Complete Reprint of John Willie’s ‘Bizarre’

Dear John Willie: The Complete Reprint of John Willie’s ‘Bizarre’

In olden days, a glimpse of stocking/Was looked on as something shocking/ But now, God knows/Anything goes   Cole Porter, seeing the world changing before his eyes, wrote “Anything Goes” in 1934. It felt like a sexual revolution. It wasn’t; humans more or less behave like humans no matter what era you pick. The differences

Closets

Closets

Marcia and I would spend considerable time playing in each other’s closets during our kindergarten years. Her closet was narrow inside with two wide sliding doors. We would pretend her closet was an elevator where we would spend the day getting on and off as we went about our shopping sprees at our favorite department

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