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Reading with ire'ne lara silva

7 pm

Rice University, Huff House

6100 Main St, Houston, TX 77005


Reading with Ching-In Chen

7 pm

Kaboom Books

3116 Houston Ave., Houston, TX 77009


Seat at the Table Writing Workshops

Multi-genre Writing Class

Instructor: Leslie Contreras Schwartz

Six Weeks, Thursdays, 12:30-2:45 p.m. starting June 21 (skipping week of July 4)

Five-Weeks Mondays, 12:30-2:45 pm starting July 23

“What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence?”—Audre Lorde

Are you writing what is urgent to you? Are you staring at a blank page because you feel obligated to write what others expect, not sure where to begin? Or have you collected pieces of writing, and desire feedback in a supportive environment? This is a multi-genre writing workshop for both beginning and experienced writers who need to reinvigorate their writing practice and find inspiration.

Often times, we lose sight of writing what is urgent to us, those subjects that are emotionally and intellectually relevant. But it is that pull that has always made us come back to the page seeking to put these important ideas into words. Through guided exercises, we will study essays, stories and poems and use them as inspiration to create our own work. This is a workshop class, in which constructive feedback will be offered by the instructor and fellow students. Writers from marginalized communities (writers of color, writers with disabilities, writer from the queer and LGBT community) are encouraged to attend.

To register, please pay here. Cost is $400/class for six weeks and $325 for five weeks. (I accept payments on a sliding scale, and want anyone who wants to attend to pay what they are able.) I will respond with a receipt.


Houston: Press Release

For immediate release March 14, 2018. Saint Julian Press proudly presents a new collection of poems by poet Leslie Contreras Schwartz, available now through fine book distributors and retailers.

Nightbloom & Cenote by Leslie Contreras Schwartz

Schwartz’s second collection of poems examines the legacy of trauma, abuse and illness among a family of women—and the ability of women and girls to survive and sing. Exploring debilitating illness and the loss of physical abilities, at times searing in grief and in other moments patient and willing to accept, Schwartz questions the truth behind any survival, what it looks like for a girl to emerge from the bottom of any cenote, a person to live with debilitating disease and still thrive, or a city’s residents to move forward after a hundred-year flood.