First Annual Puente Writers' Conference

Approximately 42 Puentistas from across California and Texas participated in our first annual Puente Writers’ Conference, held in late June at UC Riverside. Led by Creative Writing Professor Alex Espinoza (CSU Los Angeles), the Puentistas spent five days reading, writing, and learning about their craft while getting to know one another and experiencing campus life as summer residents. Under the guidance of Espinoza and published writers Cynthia Guardado and Myriam Gurba, the week culminated in a spirited evening of open mic to share our writing. Students from the conference are now busy revising their writing to enter a writing competition as well as to publish their work in our writers’ conference anthology. Stay tuned to hear more from our talented Puente writers!