The Flor de Nopal Literay Festival begins tonight and continues through Saturday with writing and creativity workshops at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. Poetry readings, featuring more than 20 poets from all over Texas, are happening on Friday and Saturday.
Attendees can choose from three open workshops tonight. The “Ours: Those who have Passed” workshop starts with singing and open to anyone who wants to join in. The main focus will be discussing and sharing stories of time, place and people. Although there’s no guided writing exercise, everyone is encouraged to share a poem. The second workshop, “How to Self-Critique Your Work Effectively, Accurately and With a Little Love,” intends to help participants understand their work, create a writing arc and assist in self-critique techniques. The third workshop of the night, “Meeting your Muse,” centers on series of questions that will help participants explore what gets their creative juices flowing until they completely know what their muse is.
All workshops are free, open to the public and take place from 7-9 p.m. Email [email protected] to reserve a space.
As for the rest of the festival, tomorrow’s focus is on poetry reading in the reading/multipurpose room. Christopher Carmona, Sarah Shaney Reeves, Gloria Amescua are just a few of the poets participating in the reading from 7-9 p.m.
The last day of the festival will be a busy one. It includes a “Appalachia: Water, Coal, Connectivity,” presentation and discussion led by Trey Moore at 5 p.m. Afterwards, the poets’ panel, “Sacred Earth, Sacred Nature, Sacred Utterance” begins at 6 p.m. The festival finishes off with another poetry reading from 7-9 p.m. in the reading/multipurpose room.
All events are free and are happening at the Mexican American Cultural Center located at 600 River St.