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2015 Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference

Las Comadres, in collaboration with The New School, Creative Writing Program




Saturday, October 3, 2015


The New School
55 W 13th Street, New York NY 10011


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Featuring Cristina Garcia as the keynote speaker! Click here to read more.

The 4th Annual Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference, which will take place at The New School in New York City, New York on October 3, 2015 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. In previous years writers have traveled from as far as California, Mexico, and England to attend. Feedback from participants has been enthusiastic and we invite you to join us this year as a sponsor, advertiser, and/or attendee.


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Phone: 512-928-8780
Fax: 512-928-9964

2015 Comadres y Compadres Writers Conference Keynote Speaker: Cristina Garcia

2015 Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference Keynote Speaker: Cristina Garcia


Cristina García is the author of six novels, including: Dreaming in Cuban, The Agüero Sisters, Monkey Hunting, A Handbook to Luck, and The Lady Matador’s Hotel. García has edited two anthologies, Cubanísimo: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Cuban Literature and Bordering Fires: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Mexican and Chicano/a Literature. Two works for young readers, The Dog Who Loved the Moon, and I Wanna Be Your Shoebox were published in 2008. A collection of poetry, The Lesser Tragedy of Death, was published in 2010. Her recent young adult novel, Dreams of Significant Girls, is set in a Swiss boarding school in the 1970s.

NOW IN PAPERBACK! KING OF CUBA, her darkly comic sixth novel, features a fictionalized Fidel Castro, an octogenarian Miami exile, and a rabble of Cuban voices. NPR called it “a wicked pleasure.”

García’s work has been nominated for a National Book Award and translated into fourteen languages. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and an NEA grant, among others. García has taught at universities nationwide. Recently, she completed her tenure as University Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State University-San Marcos and as Visiting Professor at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas-Austin. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

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“The Comadres conference is a wonderful, supportive place to grow as a writer. The organizers are warm and welcoming, and the editors and agents are generous with their creative insight. Everyone at the conference is clearly eager to bring forward Latino voices. Because of this focus, I find I spend less time explaining Latinidad and why it is important to me, and more time delving deep into the craft of writing. Through the conference, I met both my agent and the editor who later acquired my first picture book which will be published by Lee & Low Books. Best of all, I connected with other writers. The writers I met at the conference span the diversity of the Latino community, and share my passion for writing and children’s literature. Attending the conference has become a tradition I look forward to every year.”

—Emma Adelaida Otheguy, author of Fairies in Town published in the July 2013 Highlights for Children magazine

“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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