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Prose Café Guest Authors Take On Difficult Issues of Race and Injustice

Photo by Eugenia Tinajero, 2018 Duncan Tonatiuh

By Rosaleen Bertolino

Please join us on October 3, when Prose Café is honored to present three gifted local writers with work that tackles the challenging issues of race, injustice, and more.

Before moving to San Miguel de Allende in 2005, Cynthia Simmons lived in Atlanta, New York City, and, briefly, in New Orleans. She has worked in book production and in theatre—both as an actor and producer, touring internationally with her one-woman show, Sally of Monticello.

Simmons managed jazz musician Cassandra Wilson and produced the concert “The Sacred and Secular Music of Mary Lou Williams” at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Writing has been her creative focus since she completed her MFA in 2005. Simmons will read an excerpt from her memoir, Moving Outside.

Carolyn Studer is a freelance writer and racial-justice activist originally from Los Angeles. She is currently writing a memoir about race in America that focuses on her father’s civil rights work on Chicago’s South Side in the 1950s. A founding member and writer for, an organization dedicated to amplifying the voices of marginalized people, Studer is also an ordained Presbyterian minister and an accomplished musician who has lived in San Miguel full-time for two years.

Duncan Tonatiuh is both Mexican and American. An author and an illustrator, his books have received multiple accolades, among them the Pura Belpré Medal, the Sibert Medal, The Tomás Rivera Mexican-American Children’s Book Award, The Américas Award, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, and the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book Award.

Tonatiuh grew up in San Miguel, went to the US as a teenager, and graduated from the Parsons School of Design and Eugene Lang College in New York City. His artwork is inspired by pre-Columbian art, particularly that of the Mixtec codices. His aim is to create images and stories that honor the past but that are relevant today. You can visit his website at

Prose Café Bellas Artes, founded this year and run by volunteers, offers monthly readings of excellent prose from September to April. Please arrive a few minutes early as seating is limited.



Prose Café Bellas Artes presents

Cynthia Simmons, Carolyn Studer, and Duncan Tonatiuh

Thu, Oct 3, 5–6pm

Sala Literaria, first floor

Bellas Artes

Hernández Macías 75

50 pesos suggested donation


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