Poet, novelist and two-time Emmy-winning filmmaker, Marcos Villatoro joins the Distinguished Voices in Writing speaker series reading from his poetry and fiction and discussing his unique approach to Writing and Filmmaking – Thursday - Nov 7th
Poet, novelist and two-time Emmy winning filmmaker, Marcos Villatoro, joins the continuing “Distinguished Voices in Writing” speaker series at Mount St. Mary’s College. On November 7th, Villatoro will present readings from his poetry and fiction, as well as describe the making of his new documentary “Tamale Road”, all of which incorporate his unique approach to writing and filmmaking.
Mount St. Mary’s College is enjoying a tremendous success with this new ongoing series. Presented by the Master of Arts in Humanities program and created and hosted by faculty member, Dr. Katherine Boutry, this series has attracted a number of talented writers from some of the most popular shows on television. Up to now, the series has included the producers and head writers from the vastly popular AMC series “The Walking “Dead” and ABC’s “Modern Family”.
As Dr. Boutry explained when the series first began, “We feel incredibly fortunate to have such talented writers as a part of our new monthly series”. Dr. Boutry continued, “This was designed to bring great voices in creative writing as inspiration to our students and alums. Also, it gives us a chance to give back to the community by offering a forum for creative discussions.” Dr. Boutry is a writer herself, with television credits that include shows such as “Missing” and “Haunting Hour.”
With upcoming speaker Villatoro, the series presents a different genre of writing from the two previous guests. Villatoro's body of work is mainly published literary works featuring the printed word rather than the produced, although Villatoro’s documentary is certainly part of the evening. He is the author of six novels, two collections of poetry and a memoir. His Romilia Chacón crime fiction books have won national acclaim (named the Best Book of 2001 by the Los Angeles Times) and are also translated and published in Germany, Japan, Russia and Brazil. He has also written and performed over forty commentaries for NPR and PBS.
Villatoro’s discussion of his current documentary, “Tamale Road”, features his work involved in writing and producing this very personal documentary which follows the creation his family's heritage in El Salvador. The work on this documentary included several years of meticulous research in El Salvador itself, where his wife and four children often accompanied him, making this truly a personal and professional endeavor. Recently it seems like “Tamale Road” is being given awards, kudos, and acknowledgments on an almost weekly basis. Yale University is the most recent presenter where several weeks ago Villatoro was acknowledged at a celebration for his contributions to a better understanding of El Salvador and its history.
This entire evening will be completed with an audience question-and-answer session, guaranteeing this to be an outstanding evening of exploring the writing experience. Besides presenting Villatoro and his exploration of literary genre, Mount St. Mary’s is also very proud to claim Villatoro as a longtime faculty member. He holds the Fletcher Jones Endowed Chair of Writing and teaches classes that always have enrollment capacity. The quality of his teaching and writing in tandem are an inspiration to all who know him, and his talents should make this an unforgettable evening of experiencing one man’s continuing creativity and generosity of spirit.
Each talk begins at 7 p.m. RSVPs are required to attend. Send your RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. General admission is $10, to be paid by cash or check at the door; $5 for WGA members; free to Mount St. Mary’s College students, faculty and staff. Campus parking is free for this event.
The series is presented to the public by Mount St. Mary’s Master of Arts in Humanities program, and will take place on the College's Doheny Campus. For questions, or to RSVP, e-mail email@example.com.