GLOBAL ODYSSEYFROM TEXAS TO THE WORLD AND BACK
APRIL 4, 2013, 6:30 PM
SAN MARCOS, TX—On Thursday, April 4, 2013, the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University-San Marcos celebrate the literary exhibition Global Odyssey: From Texas to the World and Back with a reception, panel discussion, and book signing. Authors Stephanie Elizondo Griest, Manuel Luis Martinez, and John Phillip Santos, along with moderator Carmen Tafolla—all members of the Texas Institute of Letters—will discuss their experiences as writers in diverse parts of the world, including Russia, China, India, Africa, and Mexico. The evening’s event begins at 6:30 p.m. Books by all four authors will be available courtesy of the University Bookstore, and a book signing will be held after the panel.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
ABOUT THE GUEST AUTHORS
MANUEL LUIS MARTINEZ is a literary critic, award-winning novelist, and a 2011 recipient of the Dobie-Paisano fellowship, which allowed him to live and write at J. Frank Dobie’s former ranch outside of Austin. Born and raised in San Antonio, Martinez’s fiction brings forth the voices of the rarely-heard, as his stories come from his experiences growing up in the West Side barrio of his youth. He explores the themes of migration, contemporary urban life, and the experience of dislocation. His novel Crossing was selected as one of the ten best books by a writer of color by PEN American Center, and his novel Drift was chosen as one of the top 100 books by the American Library Association in 2004. His latest novel is Day of the Dead. He is also the author of Countering the Counterculture: Rereading Postwar American Dissent from Jack Kerouac to Tomás Rivera. Currently professor of American and Chicano literature at Ohio State University, Martinez earned his doctorate at Stanford University.
JOHN PHILLIP SANTOS, born and raised in San Antonio, is the first Mexican American Rhodes Scholar. His acclaimed books examine notions of Latino history and identity through his own family’s story. Santos worked in New York for several years as an Emmy-nominated television documentary producer before returning to San Antonio and writing a family memoir, Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Santos is also the author of Songs Older Than Any Known Singer and The Farthest Home is an Empire of Fire. He has received the Academy of American Poets Prize at Notre Dame and the Oxford Prize for fiction. His articles on Latino art, culture, and politics have appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and Texas Monthly. In 2010, he was appointed to the University of Texas at San Antonio Honors College as a University Distinguished Scholar in Mestizo Cultural Studies.
CARMEN TAFOLLA is a poet, speaker, performer, educational consultant, the internationally renowned author of more than 20 books, and one of the most highly anthologized of Latina writers. Named by Mayor Julian Castro as the first Poet Laureate of the City of San Antonio, her hometown, Tafolla has been called a “world-class writer” by Roots author Alex Haley, and she has long been considered one of the madrinas of Chicana Literature. She earned her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin and has published an impressive array of works for both children and adults. Tafolla is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Americas Award, presented to her at the Library of Congress in 2010, two Tomás Rivera Book Awards, two ALA Notable Books, a Charlotte Zolotow, the Art of Peace Award, Top Ten Books for Babies, and recognition by the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies for work which “gives voice to the peoples and cultures of this land.”