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Altar-ing: A Latinx Creative Nonfiction Zine Workshop

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM


In this two-part workshop series that culminates with the publication of a collaborative zine, we will learn the history of altars, the science of remembering, how creative nonfiction writing and Latinx music activates ancestral/cultural healing, and how we can archive ourselves digitally and in real life as an antidote to erasure.

We will document memories, build musical soundtracks for our muertos, create an altar, and collect our work in an archival zine published by Chicago Public Library.

From San Antonio to Chicago, and all around the world, /a cultura cura. Our cultural traditions, ancestral knowledge, and creative resilience is worth celebrating, honoring, and remembering.

Bonnie Ilza Cisneros is a fourth-generation Tejana educator in a line of South Texas teachers. Bonnie holds a Creative Writing MFA from Texas State University, is a member of the Macondo Writers Workshop, and was awarded a NALAC artist grant in 2018. Moonlighting as DJ Despeinada, she spins all-vinyl soundscapes of the borderlands. Bonnie’s poems and essays appear in El Retorno, Chicana/Latina Studies, Porter House Review, River Teeth, and El Placazo Barrio Newspaper. Her essay, “The Ana Files” was anthologized in Contemporary Creative Nonfiction, and she led a series of workshops entitled Altar-ing at the San Antonio Public Library where she edited a collection of participants’ home altars, ancestral recipes, and personal playlists in a zine published by the Latino Collection and Resource Center. 

Recently, she has been curating Siempre Verde, a quarantine DJ residency, art project, and journalistic experiment at Evergreen Garden, lecturing and teaching online workshops, recording radio shows for WFMU, and trying to stay healthy and creative in San Antonio with her partner, two m’ijas, and a flock of three gallinas. You can learn more about her work on her digital archive,

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(Photo Credit: Bonnie Ilza Cisneros)

Latinx History
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Writing and Poetry

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