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(Feb. 13, 2012) -- The Creative Writing Program in the UTSA Department of English will present acclaimed author and UTSA faculty member John Phillip Santos as the featured speaker in the Creative Writing Reading Series at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17 in the Business Building University Room (2.06.04) on the UTSA Main Campus. The reading is free and open to the public.

Santos will read from his books "Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation" and "The Farthest Home Is In an Empire of Fire," both published by Viking Penguin.

A native San Antonian, Santos returned home after working for the Ford Foundation as an officer in the Media, Arts and Culture Program, where he managed the Media Projects Fund and worked with new-media technologies in developing countries. Over his 21-year career in New York City, he worked as an author, freelance filmmaker, producer, journalist and writer focusing on issues of media, culture and ethnic identity.

His accolades include the Oxford Prize for fiction, the American Academy in Berlin's Prize Fellowship and the Academy of American Poets Prize at Notre Dame. In 1999, his family memoir "Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation" was a finalist for the National Book Award.

An Emmy-nominated documentary producer, Santos has developed more than 40 documentaries for CBS and PBS, and his articles have been published in numerous publications including the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.

He is distinguished as the first Mexican-American Rhodes scholar to study at Oxford University, where he received a master's degree in English literature and language from St. Catherine's College. He earned a Bachelor in Philosophy and Literature degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Currently, Santos is the University Distinguished Scholar in Mestizo Cultural Studies in the UTSA Honors College.

 

 

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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