Connecting Latinas All Over the World through Literature

Writers Conference

Las Comadres, in collaboration with Medgar Evers College,
CUNY: National Black Writers Conference, the English Department,
and ALAS–Association for Latin American Studies present:




Saturday, September 27, 2014
Medgar Evers College
Brooklyn, New York 


Featuring Esmeralda Santiago as the keynote speaker! Click here to read more.

The 3rd Annual Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference, which will take place at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York on September 27, 2014 will provide Latino writers with access to published Latino authors as well as agents and editors who have a proven track record of publishing Latino books. Last year writers traveled from as far as California, Florida, and Mexico to attend. Feedback from participants has been enthusiastic (see testimonials below) and we invite you to join us this year as a sponsor, advertiser, and/or attendee.


Nora de Hoyos Comstock
Phone: 512-928-8780
Fax: 512-928-9964


esmeralda-santiago-writers-conferenceEsmeralda Santiago was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  In 1961, she came to the United States at thirteen, the eldest in a family that would eventually include eleven children.  Santiago attended New York City’s Performing Arts High School, where she majored in drama and dance.  After eight years of part-time study at community colleges, she transferred to Harvard University with a full scholarship. She studied film production and graduated in 1976 magna cum laude. Shortly after graduation, she and her husband, Frank Cantor, founded CANTOMEDIA, a film and media production company that has won numerous awards for excellence in documentary filmmaking.

Her writing career evolved from her work as a film producer/writer. Her essays and opinion pieces have run in newspapers like the New York Times and the Boston Globe, in magazines like House & Garden, Metropolitan Home, and Sports Illustrated, and as guest commentary on NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition.

Santiago’s first book, the memoir When I Was Puerto Rican, was published in 1994. It received great critical praise and was translated into four languages. Her first novel, America’s Dream, followed in 1996 and was published in five other languages. It was recently made into a film. In 1998 her second memoir Almost a Woman received numerous “Best of Year” mentions in addition to an Alex Award from the American Library Association.  She adapted the memoir into a film for PBS Masterpiece Theatre that won a George Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting. Her 2004 memoir, The Turkish Lover was praised for the unflinching story of her relationship with an older man and her years at Harvard. Most recently, her New York Times national best-selling novel Conquistadora has been published in six languages.

With Joie Davidow, Santiago is coeditor of the anthologies, Las Christmas: Favorite Latino Authors Share Their Holiday Memories and Las Mamis: Favorite Latino Authors Remember their Mothers — both published by Knopf.  She’s also the author of the illustrated children’s book A Doll for Navidades, published by Scholastic.

Santiago is a sought-after speaker who travels the world representing artistic and literary endeavor. The mother of two adult children, both musicians, Santiago lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband of thirty-five years. She is currently  working on her third novel.

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“I am thrilled to tell you that as a result of my participation in the Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference, I have an agent, Diane Stockwell from Globo Libros Literary Management. She sold my book to Johanna Castillo at Atria Book, a division of Simon & Schuster. I’m so grateful for the conference and for everyone involved. It was worth every penny.”

—Maritere Rodriguez Bellas, author of the upcoming book, How to Raise Bilingual Kids: 101 Tips for Today’s Very Busy Immigrant Parent,

“I’m a huge fan of this conference! I pitched my book project to two agents, one of whom later offered me representation and succeeded in getting me a book contract with Kyle Books, a small publisher based in London. I couldn’t have done it without the Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference. Overall, it was a really inspiring, action-packed day, and I would highly recommend it to any writer who wants to network and learn more about the craft.”

—Lesley Tellez, author of the upcoming book, Eat Mexico,

“The conference was very well-organized, the location was modern, close to major transportation, and tech-friendly. The volunteers were enthusiastic and very willing to help in any way possible. All of the attendees were genuinely excited and eager to learn, which was refreshing. Kudos on a job well done and to many more successful conferences!”

—Mercedes Fernandez, Assistant Editor, Kensington Publishing


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