Bill James, Jen Lambert, and April in SA

by Natalia Trevino

I loved doing the blog tour with Wendy Call, and now two more writers have added their name to the game, author Bill James and poet Jen Lambert, both terrific writers. Bill is the author of Parnucklian for Chocolate, and Jen is a beautiful poet I want to wow. She's the editor of the new journal, burntdistrict and founder of Spark Wheel Press.  

See Bill's answers to those four questions here at his cool blog where he gives a free sample of Parnucklian for Chocolate, which to me is very Joycean, though his Ulysses is hearkening for just a tad bit of sanity. Wait, aren't all the the Ulyssi doing just that? Anyway, check out his contribution to the blog tour at "A Friend of My Mind."

Jen Lambert tells us about her writing process in The Presence Project, a fabulous blog, a stream of contemplations about her own journey to experience what is now. She is a breathtaking writer, and I am so glad she joined our tour! Please have a gander at this honest poet who is living in Newfoundland for the moment and could be living in Turkey at any moment in the future.


And what does April hold for me here in San Antonio aside from the bluebonnets, which I may not be able to live without in the coming months? It is so unfair that they will be gone, the walls of blue flowers along the highway, the ground a stream of blue throw rugs across the city, which is normally neither green nor blue, but brown and sad usually, dying from drought after the revival it gets in March and April. Kills me. But April also has three wonderful chances for me to share my work!

April 5th, I will be reading along with my dear friend and mentor, Carmen Tafolla at the San Antonio Book Festival. I am so grateful SA has this festival now. This is our second annual festival, organized by our library. Last year was a great success. It was much like an AWP day, frantic, tons of sessions with my favorite writers like Daniel Chacon, Reyna Grande, Sandra Cisneros, Carmen Tafolla, Pablo Martinez, Erasmo Guerra, and Laurie Ann Guerrero, our new poet laureate! Then the whole thing ended right at 5 PM. Done. It was too fast, but wonderfully nourishing enough to keep me fat and happy all year long. This year, I am a part of it.

April 13th, an interview I did with Benjamin Alire Saenz and Daniel Chacon will air on their radio program, Words on a Wire. I think it airs at 4 pm Mountain. They've interviewed folks like Natalie Goldberg, Richard Montoya, and Xánath Caraza, as well as my dear friend, iréne lara silva. I am so excited to be on this show. Tune into KTEP, or just download the show once it airs. Que bueno!

April 23rd, I am the featured reader at the monthly Voices de la Luna workshop and reading at Barnes & Noble, La Cantera here in San Antonio. Author Mo H. Said invited me to join them for a night of workshop and reading. Starts at 6! Reading is at 7!

I have some fun news about May, but want to be sure of it before I post! And you are here because you are interested in writing, yes? Well, thanks for reading and enough procrastinating already--jot it down. Jot down what your mind's eye sees or wants to see. C'mon--