'Literature on the Border' to be Celebrated April 26-28 in Laredo, N.L.

Texas A&M International University and Nuevo Laredo will celebrate letters and expressions from the borderlands during the Fifth Annual Gathering of Literature on the Border April 26-28.

Known as "Literature on the Border" or "Letras en el Borde," the event, free and open to the public, promises to attract prominent writers from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border and beyond. This year's featured guest author will be Argentina's Mempo Giardinelli.

The meeting aims to provide a forum for participants to discuss subjects relating to the borderlands, said Dr. José Cardona-López, assistant professor of Spanish, who is co-organizing the event with Dr. William Nichols, also assistant professor of Spanish.

"At this gathering, we will place special emphasis on creative works. Because of this, we have invited narrators, poets and playwrights," Cardona-López said.

He explained April 26 sessions will be held from 1:30 - 9 p.m. in the Casa de la Cultura of Nuevo Laredo, located at the corner of Héroes de Nacatáz and Juárez Streets. Sessions will continue April 27 at 7:30 a.m. at TAMIU Western Hemispheric Trade Center, room 111. A closing reception will be held at 8 p.m. On April 28, participants are invited to stroll the streets of Nuevo Laredo with other participants.

The gathering is organized by the City of Nuevo Laredo, literary magazine "A quien corresponda" and TAMIU. Event sponsors are the National Council for Culture and Arts of Mexico, Nuevo Laredo City Council, the Office of Social Development of Nuevo Laredo, Casa de la Cultura of Nuevo Laredo, Cactus Ediciones, the Mexican Consulate in Laredo and TAMIU.

Among meeting participants will also be writers Manuel Cortés Castañeda, Orlando Ortiz, José Vicente Anaya, José Luis Velarde, Alejandro Palma, Raquel Valle-Sentíes, Sue Bishop, Federico Schaffler and Roberto de la Torre.

For further information, please contact Dr. Cardona-López at 326-2690 or e-mail cardona@tamiu.edu. Dr. Nichols can be contacted at 326-2610 or at e-mail wnichols@tamiu.edu. University office hours are 8 a.m. -5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Journalists who need additional information or help with media requests and interviews should contact the Office of Public Affairs and Information Services at pais@tamiu.edu