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January 18, 2018: Poetry Café Bellas Artes

Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018
Time: 5:00–6:00 p.m.

Location: Sala Literaria at Bellas Artes, 1st Floor
Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramírez “El Nigromante”
Hernández Macías 75, Centro

Admission: Suggested Donation $50 pesos

Poetic Voices: Past and Present

By Maia Williams

Poetry Café Bellas Artes will launch their third season on Thursday, January 18th by featuring three poets with California ties: Athea Marcos Amir, Bill Slusser, and Carolyn Studer.

Athea Marcos Amir
Athea Marcos Amir received a B.A. and M.A. in English and Language Arts and Literature from California State Universities at Northridge and Los Angeles, respectively. She published poetry and fiction in the literary magazines of her universities, opinion pieces and poetry in the San Francisco Chronicle, New Times of San Luis Obispo, and was paid a whopping thousand bucks for a short story in “Woman’s World.” Athea also wrote for Marilyn Ferguson, publisher of the Brain/Mind Bulletin and author of “The Aquarian Conspiracy” (1980); was a proofer for Denise Hearst’s “Arabian Horse World Magazine”; and has edited the work of several writers in San Miguel de Allende.

Bill Slusser
Bill Slusser has written screenplays, a stage play, poetry, and he has recorded a Spoken Word CD. Hailing from Los Angeles, Bill is new to San Miguel and delighted to be here.

Carolyn Studer
Carolyn Studer is a Presbyterian minister, activist, poet, and free-lance writer. She moved to San Miguel de Allende from Los Angeles in April of 2017. In addition to writing poetry, she is working on a memoir about her family’s involvement in the Civil Rights movement. She enjoys traveling in Mexico, and is grateful for the opportunity to share her travel pieces in Magazine San Miguel de Allende.

In Memoriam

Ten days before his death on January 2nd, local poet Jock Whitehouse enthusiastically accepted our invitation to present his remarkably original writings at our January Poetry Café. On the 18th, we will offer a brief tribute to Jock and his gentle poetic spirit.

In the foreword to Songs to Deborah, Jock Whitehouse writes that he and his wife Deborah met in this life when she was eight and he was nineteen. A seer told them they were once the same child.

Songs to Deborah is a poetic memorial of love that Whitehouse wrote as an invocation to grieve the loss of Deborah. Some of the poems focus on the utter aloneness that comes after the death of a partner. Others remind us that this kind of love never dies.

Founded in January of 2016, Poetry Café Bellas Artes meets monthly, September through April. The all-volunteer community organization features local and visiting poets (established and emerging) sharing original work in a casual setting.

Please arrive a few minutes early. Seating is first come, first seated. Depending on the temperature, a cold or hot beverage will be served.

January 23, 2018: PUBLICATION PARTY: Solamente en San Miguel: A Literary Celebration (Vol. III)

Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Time: 5:00–7:00 p.m.

Location: La Casona
Salida a Celaya #77

Admission: $15 usd (Party only), $25 (Book and Party Bundle).
Tickets available at

Publication Party

Solamente en San Miguel, Volume IIIThis latest anthology published by Parroquia Press, a branch of the San Miguel Literary Sala, includes a wonderful array of short stories, personal essays and poetry by forty-nine authors including Tony Cohan, Merilyn Simonds, C.M. Mayo and Judyth Hill.

Join us on January 23, 2018 at 5:00 PM at La Casona to celebrate the publication of the book and to meet the authors featured in the latest anthology.

Order the book, a ticket to the Publication Party, or a bundle of BOTH for a reduced rate at

January 25, 2018: An Evening with Calvin Trillin

Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018
Time: 5:00–7:00 p.m.

Location: Hotel Real de Minas
Corner of Salida a Celaya and Stirling Dickinson

Admission: $20 usd ( tickets available at )

Calvin Trillin Returns to San Miguel

By Susan Page

Calvin TrillinCalvin Trillin, who presented one of the most beloved and memorable Writers’ Conference keynote speeches in 2014, is returning to San Miguel for a Literary Sala Special Event on January 25, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the Real de Minas Hotel.

For more than forty years, Trillin has been a reporter for The New Yorker magazine, where more than 300 of his pieces have appeared. He is the author of some thirty books including nonfiction, poetry, and fiction, many of which have been New York Times bestsellers. He writes a poem every week for The Nation magazine, always filled with acerbic wit.

Trillin is widely revered for his decidedly progressive, witty and wry commentary on the American scene, along with his popular books chronicling his adventures as a “happy eater.” Also a much-in-demand public speaker, he richly deserves his reputation as the classic American humorist. He says he regrets that the last year has provided him with more material than he can possibly exploit!

Trillin’s return to San Miguel is likely to sell out, so the Literary Sala encourages you to purchase your tickets early. Tickets are available on line at

Other Upcoming Events

February 14-18: San Miguel Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival

March 8, 2018: Literary Sala
Janet Dunnett & Gerry Helferich

March 15, 2018: San Miguel Poetry Café

April 12, 2018: Literary Sala
Glen Rogers, Ezequiel Morones & Maline McCalla

April 19, 2018: San Miguel Poetry Café