(Nov. 25, 2015) -- Meet Natalia Treviño ’90, MA ’93. She’s an acclaimed poet looking to use her creativity to shine a light on people in the shadows.
When Treviño first arrived at UTSA in the late 1980s, she thought it was just a “starter school,” where someone could complete their first two years of college before transferring to another school. But she found that nothing could be further from the truth. She fell in love with art and learning in UTSA’s English department, where she began her studies in fiction writing.
“My professors were absolutely brilliant beyond my imagination,” she said. “They completely expanded my idea of what literature is and how we can all be connected by it.”
Treviño was drawn to poetry because she was fascinated by the challenge of compressing language and the opportunity to reach a broad audience using metaphors.
Her experience at UTSA was so valuable that she decided to stay to pursue an MA in fiction.
“Poetry crosses socioeconomic boundaries,” she said. “Poets are the voices of the world.”
Since Treviño’s first years at UTSA, her mentor has been Wendy Barker, Pearl LeWinn Endowed Professor of Creative Writing. Treviño credits the long mentorship to simply “getting each other.” As she celebrates the release of her first book of poems, Barker has released her sixth poetry collection.
“The reason I did it was Wendy,” Treviño said. “She took me so far into poetry. Without her, I wouldn’t have been able to reach where I wanted to be as a poet.”
Originally from Mexico City, Treviño became a naturalized American citizen at 15 after living in San Antonio for 11 years. She’s currently working on her first novel, Drinking the Bee Water, which tells the story of an immigrant mother in the U.S. Much of her work focuses on the immigrant experience, and she counts among her heroes Luis Urrea, who penned The Devil’s Highway, a nonfiction book about a group of men who died attempting to cross the border.
“He documented the lives of the each one of those people,” she said. “For the personal effort he made to recognize these people who otherwise would have just disappeared, he transformed my writing goals.”
Treviño is an associate professor of English at Northwest Vista College, and a mother to a young son. She said that for her, like most writers, it’s difficult to find the headspace to be creative.
“Our lives are so busy and complex on every level,” she said. “I really get my inspiration when I calm down and experience gratitude. Then I can reach insights that give me nourishment to work out something in an artistic space.”-----------------------------
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In honor of UTSA's 50th Anniversary in 2019, the university is hosting Roadrunner Days Spring Edition - two weeks of semester-launching activities built around our deeply held values of student success, student involvement, community service and fun!
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
All UTSA students, faculty, staff, alums & families are invited to march as a unified community. Register here: bit.ly/2TYbHbR. Shuttles will be provided from the Main and Downtown Campuses.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy, 3501 MLK Dr., San Antonio
UTSA's John Nix invites the community to sing "Amazing Grace" and “We Shall Overcome” at 11 a.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The intent of this nationwide effort is to honor Dr. King's legacy and to spread a sense of community in the United States.
Locations throughout the United States
Opening Reception got exhibit featuring artists Miguel Aragon, Aaron Coleman, Sandra Fernandez, Annalise Gratovich, Marco Hernandez, Kristen Powers Nowlin, & Patricia Villalobos Echeverria
Main Art Gallery, Arts Building (ART 2.03.04), Main Campus
Tracy Cowden, Roland K. Blumberg Endowed Professor in Music and chair of the UTSA Department of Music launches the UTSA 50th Anniversary Scholars Speaker Series with Music as Medicine: The Power and Influence of Music on our Health.
Radius Center, 106 Auditorium Cir. #120, San Antonio
UTSA African American Studies Program presents this series featuring Walter M. Kimbrough, president of Dillard University.
Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus)
Join fellow Runners to walk for 10 minutes on the Main Campus. The event reminds us of the importance of exercise, diet and healthy habits in protecting our hearts.
Outside the North Paseo Building, Main Campus
The annual event features authentic foods, music, dance, martial arts, shopping, games and entertainment from China, to the Indian Sub-continent, and the island nations of the Pacific. The Festival features two stages, a martial arts demonstration area, children’s hands on crafting area, anime activities, bonsai and ikebana displays, mahjong table and more.
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
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