Arts | Women’s Stories from the Margins

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Barrio Writers & GCAC present a reading of the works of three nationally recognized women writers of color: Erika T. Wurth, Isabel Quintero and Sarah Rafael García. The authors are widely known for their feminist works and community engaged style, often writing about the subject of marginalized communities, especially women of color. Their literary range covers the genres of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, spoken word, thus readings of their work are always unique and illuminating. The reading will take place at the Grand Central Art Center (GCAC) in downtown Santa Ana.

Before the reading (6:30-7:30pm), the three writers will deliver a FREE creative writing workshop to local youth (13-21 yrs old) at GCAC. Email: barriowriters@gmail.com to reserve a spot in the workshop!

The reading (7:30-8:30pm) will be followed by a book sale and signing. Spoken word artist & BW Program Director, Marilynn Montaño, will host the reading.

This event is supported in part by Poets & Writers through grants it has received from The James Irvine Foundation and the Hearst Foundations.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:

Erika T. Wurth’s novel, Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend, was published by Curbside Splendor. Her first collection of poetry, Indian Trains, was published by The University of New Mexico’s West End Press and her second A Thousand Horses Out to Sea is forthcoming from Mongrel Press. A writer of both fiction and poetry, she teaches creative writing at Western Illinois University and has been a guest writer at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals. She is represented by Peter Steinberg. She is Apache/Chickasaw/Cherokee and was raised outside of Denver.

Isabel Quintero is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and was born, raised, and resides in the Inland Empire of Southern California. Isabel also sits on the Board for a non-profit literary arts organization, PoetrIE. Her first novel, Gabi, A Girl in Pieces, from Cinco Puntos Press, is the recipient of the 2015 William C. Morris Award for Debut YA Novel, the 2015 Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award, the California Book Award Gold Medal for Young Adult, and the 2015 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People (Grades 7-12). In addition to writing fiction, she also writes poetry and her work can be found in Huizache, As/Us Journal, The Acentos Review, The Pacific Review, and other publications.

Sarah Rafael García is a writer, community educator, and traveler. Since publishing Las Niñas, she founded Barrio Writers, and obtained a M.F.A. in Creative Writing. She writes poetry, creative non-fiction, and fiction. Most recently, Sarah was awarded a residency for her next project, Santana’s Fairy Tales; the residency is supported in part by a grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts towards the Artist-in-Residence initiative at Grand Central Art Center. Sarah Rafael is currently the Editor for the annual Barrio Writers anthology and Co-editor of the pariahs writing from outside the margins anthology. Her writing has appeared in LATINO Magazine, Contrapuntos III, Outrage: A Protest Anthology For Injustice in a Post 9/11 World, La Tolteca Zine, Lumen Magazine, among others.

Marilynn Montaño is a young Chicana poet, writer, community organizer, and proud daughter to migrant parents from Puebla, Mexico. Since the age of fifteen, she has been active in her city through spoken word, community organizing, and documenting life by any means necessary. Her writing has been featured in Mujeres de Maiz, Santanero Zine, Seeds of Resistance Zine, Barrio Writers, and Los Angeles Water Works: Histories of Water and Place. Montano’s journalistic writing work has been published in The Orange County Register, Voice of OC, and OC Weekly. In 2013, she received the “OC Press Club Award”. Currently, she is the Orange County Program Director for Barrio Writers and coordinated The People’s Data Project in collaboration with The Kennedy Commission and El Centro Cultural de Mexico in result of publishing the “Lacy in Crisis and Action” report. When Marilynn is not writing or community organizing she enjoys watching stationary videos on Youtube and sipping on Café de Olla from Café Calacas.

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