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November 16, 2017: San Miguel Poetry Café

Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017
Time: 5:00–6:00 p.m.

Location: Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio #15 – Upstrairs

Admission: Suggested Donation $50 pesos

Poetry Lives in San Miguel de Allende

By Maia Williams

The second reading of the 2017–2018 season of Poetry
Three experienced poets and writers, will share their poetry at the November 16th San Miguel Poetry Café.

Signe HammerSigne Hammer winters in San Miguel, where she writes, teaches writing workshops, co-leads birdwalks and coaches writers. She continues writing, birding and coaching in NYC, where she is a long-time member of The Writers Room. Her poems and short stories have appeared in publications including Fiction, New England Review, Rapport, On Barcelona, Playgirl and the Doubleday anthologies Pleasures: Women Write Erotica and Erotic Interludes: Tales Told by Women. She has read her work at such venues as the Nuyorican Poets Café, The Knitting Factory, Dixon Place, the Cornelia St. Café and the San Miguel Literary Sala.

Her articles have appeared in numerous national publications ranging from The Village Voice to Harper’s Bazaar. She has published four nonfiction books: her memoir, By Her Own Hand: Memoirs of a Suicide’s Daughter, was described as “fascinating and disturbing,” with “an ironic distance worthy of Jane Austen,” in the New York Times Book Review, which named it a Notable Book.

As a dance-theater performer, Signe was a founding member of Meredith Monk/The House. She has also been an editor at both a major book publisher and a national magazine, and taught writing for 12 years at New York University.

Mark Johaningsmeir by Niels Henriksen

Photo Credit: Niels Henriksen

Mark Johaningsmeir has been a resident of San Miguel de Allende since early 2011. Why did he move here? Not because of the architecture. It was because of a woman! Judith Jenya and Mark met in September 2010 and were married in November 2011.

He is a retired United Methodist minister, who is happy not to face a Sunday morning writing deadline every week.

Mark grew up in Waukegan, Illinois, and spent most his adult years in Minnesota.

He has two adult children, a son near Saint Paul and a daughter in Milwaukee

and two superlative granddaughters. Mark is gratified that his off-spring live up to the high standards of Lake Wobegon, Minnesota, “where the women are strong, the men are good looking and the children are all above average.”

One of the projects Judith and Mark tackled in San Miguel was the planning and construction of a new home in 2014. Neither had experience in building a house. He is happy to report that they are delighted with their new home – and the marriage survived.

Béa AaronsonBéa Aaronson was born in Paris, France, in 1956. She is a self-taught multimedia artist, a published poet, author, and art critic, a lecturer and independent scholar, as well as a stage performer and a storyteller. She is now embarking on a magical cinematographic adventure in the Mexican production of Director Andrea Martinez Crowther, called Birdwatching. It is a big screen film about the effects of Alzheimer’s on a woman writer from her fifties until her eighties. Aaronson holds a BA in History of Art, an MA in French Literature and a PhD in Philosophy and Comparative Literature. She published and illustrated her first book in 1998, Baudelaire-Miller Sexual Squalor in Paris, which is now the property of Harvard’s Private Book Collection. She is presently working on a collection of poems in Spanish, MALETAS.

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Founded in January of 2016, Poetry Café Bellas Artes meets monthly, September through April. This 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 will be first come, first seated.

 

November 9, 2017: Literary Sala Readings

Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017
Time: 5:00–7:00 p.m.

Location: Hotel de La Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio #15

Admission: $50 pesos for Literary Sala members, $100 for non-members. Complimentary Wine Reception. Tickets available at the door.

Murder and Meditation, Chaos and Calm

By Carole Schor

The Literary Sala proudly presents the debut of Nancy Shapiro’s beautiful new book entitled The Book of Calm along with Lily Wright, author of the Mexico thriller, Dancing with the Tiger. Lili is traveling to San Miguel from the States for this presentation.

The Book of Calm by Nancy Shapiro

Nancy Shapiro is no stranger to chaos, having navigated the grief of losing her father, going back to school at a late age, and now holding on to her mother as she slips into the fog of Alzheimer’s. Nancy has taken her own life experiences and her many years of counseling as a life coach, and has written an antidote to life’s turmoil in The Book of Calm: Clarity, Compassion and Choice in a Turbulent World. Nancy’s book opens the way to a peaceful life, “. . . by unlocking your mind’s grip of its daily angst and noisy control, you allow your heart and soul to guide you to ease.” Through stories and images, Nancy guides the reader to a place of change where growth and transformation can replace hurt and discomfort. “Calm is not limiting. Nor is it passive. It is a firmly rooted, dynamic partnership of awareness and presence — a collective awareness of thought, sensing, language, and action — a solidity of presence that stems from the wisdom and power within clarity, compassion, and choice.”

The Book of Calm supports and inspires readers to reimagine and renew their lives and their place in the world by transforming habitual patterns ingrained in their thoughts, language, and behaviors — one person, one family, one community at a time.”

Dancing with the Tiger by Lili Wright

Lili Wright is traveling to the San Miguel to introduce us to her new book, Dancing with the Tiger, a page-turning thriller filled with romance, mystery, suspense, and history; a classic Mexican history adventure story, in the tradition of John Steinbeck or B. Traven or Malcolm Lowry. Wright’s book is set in our adopted country of Mexico, a land with a cultural landscape rich in its variety of cultures, languages, geography and people. The heroine, Anne Ramsey, travels to Mexico to find the fabled “death mask of Montezuma” in order to redeem her father’s reputation after the Metropolitan Museum of Art rejects his collection of masks as counterfeit.  Anne faces off against others interested in the treasure — including a shady American expat collector, a ruthless narco boss, and a handsome artist who believes that Mexican treasures belong to, and in, Mexico.

During her many trips to Mexico, Lili Wright has lived with Mexican families, worked as a journalist, watched dancing tigers parade down streets, visited ghost towns, and started her own mask collection. Her essays and journalism have appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Chicago Tribune, Down East, and many other publications.

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Join us for a thrilling look at the wild side of Mexico and a calm retreat into a spiritual journey at the San Miguel Literary Sala on November 9 at 5 PM at the Hotel La Aldea. Admission is 50 pesos for members and 100 pesos for non-members, including a wine and Indian botanas reception.

Membership in the Literary Sala supports not only the literary life of San Miguel including scholarships for teens and reading projects for children in the campo, it also offers attractive benefits like reading groups, discounts at the monthly author readings, as well as discounts and priority seating at the Annual Writers’ Conference. A Membership Table will be available at the November 9 Literary Sala event. It is also possible to obtain information and join online at https://sanmiguelliterarysala.org/sala-membership/membership/.

October 26, 2017: Poetry Café Bellas Artes Special Event

Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017
Time: 5:00–6:00 p.m.

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

Admission: Suggested Donation $50 pesos

Poems in English and Spanish and Mayan — Oh, My!

By Maia Williams

"El Quetzal y la Jungla" by María Sangüesa

The first bilingual poetry event of the 2017-2018 season of Poetry Café Bellas Artes will be trilingual. Please join us on Thursday, October 26, at 5:00 PM for a special presentation by María Sangüesa, author of The Quetzal and the Jungle (El Quetzal y La Jungla), a collection of poems anchored to the Mayan world. “The poetic figures are impregnated with elements of the nature of the region, as well as images loaded with memory and nostalgia for sensations.”

María Sangüesa, was born in Morocco and lives in Madrid. She will present her work in English, Spanish, and Mayan.

Ms. Sangüesa’s travels throughout Mexico and her visit to San Migulel de Allende have been funded in part by a grant from the cultural offices of Spain. She will also be appearing at the 2017 Book Fair of Guadalajara (the world’s second largest) in November, which will host Madrid as their special guest.

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Founded in January of 2016, Poetry Café Bellas Artes meets monthly, September through April. This 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.

October 19, 2017: Poetry Café Bellas Artes

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time: 5:00–6:00 p.m.

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

Admission: Suggested Donation $50 pesos

Poetry Lives in San Miguel de Allende

By Maia Williams

The second reading of the 2017–2018 season of Poetry Café Bellas Artes will be held on Thursday, October 19, at 5:00 PM when three extraordinarily talented and multi-faceted women will share their work.

Patricia Campuzano VolpePatricia Campuzano Volpe grew up in Northern Mexico, but spent most of her life in Oregon. She discovered San Miguel de Allende in 2006 when she traveled here with a photographer friend from Portland. Their hotel was situated in Colonia Allende, and Patricia remembers it took them four hours to walk to the Jardin that first morning — there was so much to see!

She moved to San Miguel in 2008 and worked at LifePath for four years. She left in 2012 but only to come back, except this time retired. After practicing Chinese Medicine for more than thirty years, Patricia now enjoys the free time to write and to take long walks to admire and take in the beauty of San Miguel. The topics of her poems range from Nature, to Love, to The End of the World.

Susan RushtonSusan Rushton was born in England and grew up in New Zealand, As a child she sang with a children’s radio choir and acted on Auckland stages. As a young adult she recorded and performed as a popular folk singer on NZ radio and television. After moving to the US she worked as a TV producer in Seattle for the live weekly public affairs program “Town Meeting.”

Susan holds degrees in English Literature, Philosophy, Ancient Greek and Broadcast Journalism, but here in San Miguel de Allende she pursues her abiding love of theater and poetry. She directs and performs in Santa Ana productions and acts and directs for Playreaders.

The Dawn Chorus published in 2015 is her first book of poetry.

Helenmarie CorcoranHelenmarie Corcoran has been in San Miguel de Allende for three years after living the majority of her years in Illinois and Washington, DC. Like many others here she is in a new phase of life, exploring her creative side after years as an executive in financial services and arts management.

She serves as the President of the International Music Festival, which brings the highest quality music and music education to San Miguel each August with concerts and master classes and throughout the year with Music under the Trees at Bellas Artes. The Festival is celebrating its 40 th anniversary in 2018.

You may have heard Helenmarie performing authentic personal stories in each of the past three Storytelling Festivals and at local venues. She is currently working on family stories through poetry and short sketches accompanied by photographs and art. It is this work that she will share at the Poetry Café.

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Founded in January of 2016, Poetry Café Bellas Artes meets monthly, September through April. This 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.