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New Writing Series Winter 2016

John Gibler and Lorena Gómez Mostajo – Wednesday, January 13, 2016 – Visual Arts Presentation Lab (SME 149) at 4:30 pm


John Gibler lives in Mexico. He is the author of Mexico Unconquered: Chronicles of Power and Revolt (City Lights, 2009), To Die in Mexico: Dispatches From Inside the Drug War (City Lights, 2011),  20 poemas para ser leídos en una balacera (Sur+, 2012), Tzompaxtle: La fuga de un guerrillero (Tusquets, 2014) and Una historia oral de la infamia (Penguin RandomHouse and Sur+, 2015).

Lorena Gómez Mostajo (Mexico City) is an editor, writer, and photographer. She has collaborated with the photography journal Luna Córnea as an essayist and editor and has written for newspapers and magazines such as Reforma, La Tempestad, Picnic and Letras Libres. Lorena is the editor, along with Mara Fortes, of Chris Marker Inmemoria, a volume of essays about the French filmmaker published by the Ambulante Documentary Film Festival. She is also in the process of editing two other books with Ambulante: the first is a chronicle of the Ambulante Más Allá video training project and the other is a Spanish translation of Amos Vogel’s Film As a Subversive Art. Lorena's artistic work has been included in several collective exhibitions in Mexico, the United States and Germany. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Recently, she founded Taller Salón, an independent publishing house that works with artists and writers to produce different kinds of printed matter. Taller Salón is also a printing house that helps artists in the San Diego-Tijuana community create a variety of projects at low cost.

John B. Washington – Wednesday, January 27, 2016 – Visual Arts Presentation Lab (SME 149) at 4:30 pm


John Washington is a novelist, teacher, and translator based in Arizona. His translation of Sandra Rodriguez Nietos The Story of Vicente, Who Murdered His Mother, His Father, and His Sister: Life and Death in Juarez (Verso Books) will be published in November. Visit jblackburnwashington.com or find him on Twitter at @EndDeportations.

Marivi Blanco – Wednesday, March 2, 2016 – Visual Arts Presentation Lab (SME 149) at 4:30 pm


Marivi Blanco has taught creative writing at the University of the Philippines and the University of California at San Diego. Stories from her 17 books have appeared in anthologies in Manila and the United States. Her short story “Talunang Manok” was recently adapted into a short film, titled “The Losing Cock” by Delano Manongs  Director Marissa Aroy.

After gaining awards for two children’s books in 1991 and 1992, Marivi’s debut novel In the Service of Secrets won the 2011 Grand Prize for the Novel, all three prizes conferred by the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, the Philippine counterpart of the Pulitzer Prize.  That novel, retitled The Mango Bride was published by Penguin Books in the April, 2013.  The San Diego Book Awards  later named The Mango Bride Best Contemporary Fiction of 2014. The novel’s  Spanish edition, Hace Una Eternidad en Manila (Grupo Planeta, 2014) was released in October, 2014. National Book Store released the Filipino edition in August 2015.

The New Writing Series is brought to you by the Literature Department and the Division of Arts and Humanities

The New Writing Series thanks the Department of Visual Arts for providing us with the SME Presentation Space

For more information contact Professor Cristina Rivera-Garza.