San Miguel Literary Sala - San Miguel Literary Sala, A.C. is a non-profit organization in Mexico

October 12, 2017: Literary Sala Readings

Date: Thursday, October 12, 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.

The Colonial Chapels of San Miguel and a Feminist Filmmaker

By Carole Schor

The October Literary Sala is proud to present three women sharing their pride in Mexico through art and film: Elissa Rashkin, Linda Whyman and Lorie Topinka.

Linda Whynman and Lorie Topinka

Linda WhynmanLinda Whynman and Lorie Topinka, two of San Miguel’s best watercolor artists, have spent the past two years traveling along the Rio Laja with paintbrushes in hand, painting the 300-year-old colonial chapels that dot the contryside. Their book, The Capillas of San Miguel de Allende, A Legacy of Faith, is a beautiful testimony to the region, offering some historical background and local color for each of the individual monuments, and contains maps of the area so that other sketchers, history buffs, and visitors to San Miguel can follow in their footsteps and experience these fascinating locations.

Linda taught art from kindergarten to Master’s degree programs and was the Arts in Education Director in New York State, bringing arts-related programs from New York City to upstate schools. Lorie was a science educator and administrator in her previous life, now retired in San Miguel. “Take a day’s drive in any direction from San Miguel,” she says, “and you are sure to see old aqueducts, dams, and other remnants of haciendas like huge grain storage buildings, corrals, churches and capillas, bullrings, even some living quarters, and miles and miles of stonewalls.”

Elissa Rashkin

Elissa RashkinElissa Rashkin is a research professor in Cultural and Communication Studies at the Universidad Veracruzana, Xalapa, Veracruz. She is coming to San Miguel especially for this presentation. Elissa will be talking about her biography of the U.S. feminist Juliet Barrett Rublee. Rublee is the producer of possibly the first fiction feature film made by a U.S. crew in Mexico, the1932 melodrama Flame of Mexico, whose themes include land, education, oil, and the Mexican Revolution.  Flame of Mexico takes an ominously prescient activist stance toward international politics. It critiques economic exploitation and argues for U.S. support of Mexican sovereignty in a time of conflict.

Juliet Barrett Rublee was also involved in the struggle for women’s suffrage in the U.S. and the early birth control movement alongside Margaret Sanger and Mexican feminists in the Yucatán, and she was an interpretive dancer in the style of her friend Isadora Duncan.

Elissa Rashkin has written two books in English, Women Filmmakers in Mexico and The Stridentist Movement in Mexico: The Avant-Garde and Cultural Change in the 1920s, in which she documents the ways the feminist movement, the university centers of film studies, public policies around the cinema and the transformation of the intellectual sector influenced the participation of women within Mexican cinema.

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Join us for what will be an extraordinary evening of Mexican film and art from a woman’s perspective at the San Miguel Literary Sala on October 12 at 5 PM at the Hotel La Aldea. Admission is $50 pesos for members and $100 pesos for non-members, including a wine and snack reception.

September 21, 2017: Poetry Café Bellas Artes

Date: Thursday, September 21, 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

Inaugural Poetry Reading

By Maia Williams

The inaugural reading of the 2017‒2018 season of Poetry Café Bellas Artes will be held on Thursday, September 21, at 5:00 PM when three poets will share their work. There will be a special nod to Rumi (October 7, 1207‒December 24, 1273), the 13th-century Persian Sunni Muslim poet, scholar, theologian, and mystic.

Linda LainoLinda Laino is an artist, writer and teacher who has been making art in one form or another for over 35 years. Holding an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, she enjoys playing with words as much as form and color. Since 2012, she has resided in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where the surreal atmosphere and sensuous colors have wormed their way into her paintings. Finding beautiful things on the ground is a favorite pastime. Her art can be seen at Her essays and poetry have been published by Elephant Journal, The New Engagement, Sheila-Na-Gig Journal, and Life In 10 Minutes.

Ravi NathwaniRavi Nathwani, co-editor of Mala of the Heart—108 Sacred Poems and MALA of Love 108 Luminous Poems was born in a business family in East Africa and raised in India in the Vaishnav Hindu tradition. He lectures on a variety of Vedic studies and teaches Yoga Teacher Training workshops across the USA.Ravi created a new course, Hindu Yoga & Buddhist Meditation, and taught it at Tufts University from 1998-2014. He also taught at JFK University in California.

In the United States and Mexico he leads satsangs and meditation groups and teaches the Bhagvad Gita, Yoga Sutras, Law of Karma and Advaita Vedanta.

Ravi has an MBA from Boston University and has lived in Mumbai, London, Boston, San Francisco and Mexico.

Wendy BichelWendy Bichel is a lyricist, librettist and composer with an MFA in Music Theater Writing from NYU. Her works have been produced in New York City and San Miguel. In the last four years she has expanded from lyrics into poetry, but the musicality remains. My Affair with Rumi, her poetry manuscript, is a rich collection of the sacred and the profane. She is married to pianist and composer, Ken Bichel.

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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.