Twelve San Miguel Writers Present Works in Progress

By Susan Page

One of the Literary Sala’s most popular annual events is our Works in Progress evening. The audience is always impressed and entertained to discover talented writers who have been working in hidden studios all over town and who emerge into the sunlight on this special evening. You will hear excerpts from fiction, memoir, poetry, and essays from a wide range of imaginative writers. The event will be held on Thursday, May 14 from 5 to 7:30pm at the Aldea Hotel, Ancha de San Antonio 15.

San Miguel Literary Sala
Thu, May 14, 5-7:30pm
Hotel Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15
70 pesos, 50 pesos for Literary Sala members
Complimentary wine reception

This year, you will hear from the following writers:

Nancy Borris began writing fiction and memoir after a career in book and magazine design. She will read from her fictionalized memoir about mid-life transition and bicultural social complexity.

Libbe Dennard is a poet, memoirist, and photographer. She will read from a spiritual memoir and an autobiographical essay.

Martha Donnelly, a landscape architect, will read three poems, including one about the experience of psychoanalysis.

Sheryl Dunn, a retired Canadian attorney, is at work on her second novel in a series about a conspiracy of women who kill pedophiles. This second novel is entitled A Million Closed Eyes.

Margaret Failoni is an art critic who has been writing short stories for 20 years, most of them based on actual situations.

As a high school library-media specialist, Sallie Kravetz wrote and produced a variety of multi-media presentations. She will read from her work, “Can You See Heaven in a Bowl of Chicken Soup?” a short narrative poem about struggles with belief.

Christine Maynard has had a long career in investigative journalism. She will read from her novel Duped, which involves the Sicilian Mafia and reveals the underbelly of society in the deep, gothic South.

Ken Morrow is a retired architect who has translated his life-long interest in reading poetry into a late-life interest in writing poetry. His poems address issues of the human capacity or incapacity for knowing.

Agnes Olive, a well-known visual artist in town, will read from her book Letters from Pakistan, letters she wrote while living in Lahore, Pakistan from 1984 to 1987.

Mary Katherine Wainwright (Ph.D.) is a happily retired professor of women’s studies, American literature, and creative writing. She will read Springtime in Paris from a work in progress. The manuscript intertwines the experiences of women travelers from history with those of her own.

Glenn Willeford is an American expat historian, essayist, novelist, and the author of six books. His latest work is a book-length essay: Saga of Deceit: Israel, the Bomb, JFK and Lyndon.


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