The Flor de Nopal Literary Festival’s mission is to promote the literary work of emerging and established Latin@ poets and writers, to create and nourish ties between Latin@ writers and writers of other races and ethnicities, and to offer writing workshops not only of interest to other writers but to diverse communities.
The 2011 Flor de Nopal Literary Festival will be focusing on poetry this year. We will present two nights of poetry readings with emerging poets from different parts of Texas (Houston, the Rio Grande Valley, El Paso, Denton, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin) as well as two featured established poets. The festival will also offer a full complement of writing workshops with an emphasis on interacting with youth. Thursday night workshops will focus on writing and creativity and are open to the general public. For the Friday and Saturday day-time workshops, we will contact and coordinate with local groups and schools to recruit participants. Organizations that we are planning to contact include: Red Salmon Arts—Save Our Youth program; PODER Youth program; OutYouth; Latinitas; Safeplace; and LifeWorks