The Paisano

Paisano Poets

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Leslie Hicks, UTSA History Professor and Paisano Alumna

April 23, 2020

SAN ANTONIO Dear Dad – Thank you for teaching us how to live through Coronavirus / COVID-19 in 2020. You did not know in the 1970s that you were instructing us, oblivious Baby Boomers that we were. Some examples: You made us re-use plastic wrap and foil, delicately rinsing the uncooperative...

Paisano Poets

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Ana Cecilia Martinez, Copy Editing Coordinator

February 19, 2020

shared color of blood They never forget to ask about the nationality of our grandparents. No importa si son negros, morenos o blancos. Our blood and roots do not change our humanity. Nuestra sangre pesa mas de lo que pensamos — until they remember to ask about the nationality of our grandparents, as...

Paisano Poets

Illustration by Alex Hanks

Joseph Torres, Managing Editor

February 19, 2020

I’m done writing this I’m going to be fine I’m a millennial I’m outgoing with friends I’m shy in crowds I’m careful I’m careless I’m destructive at times I’m productive at times I’m not lonely I’m alone I’m searching for the answer to a question I’m afraid of my...

Poetry knows no borders: UTSA’s Professor Cano, M.A. teaches Spanish through poetry

Poetry knows no borders: UTSA’s Professor Cano, M.A. teaches Spanish through poetry

Vanessa William

November 13, 2019

Poems: SPN 1014 Spanish Heritage at UTSA Profesora Lilian L. Cano Doce años más tarde By: Victoria Chaires Eras mi padre, cuando tenía dos años, te amaba tanto. Entonces dijiste que tenías que irte, pero ¿cómo iba a saber? Que pasarían doce años antes de que llegaras a casa? Durante...

Speaking words of wisdom

Quintanilla recites a piece to a captivated audience.

Julia Maenius

April 10, 2019

Octavio Quintanilla, professor at Our Lady of the Lake University and the first male poet laureate of San Antonio, held a poetry reading and visual showcase on April 4. Quintanilla put his new visual poetry on display in his exhibit. Growing up in Mexico and moving to the valley of Texas for school,...

When love ends, be the water poetry review

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Josh Levario

March 6, 2019

Rene Villanueva, the singer and writer for the band Idyll Green, recently released a book of poetry titled, “when love ends, be the water.” The book takes its name from the band’s most recent EP, which pairs with the collection as a sort of map to navigate the autobiographical elements of the lyrics....

Big sis advice: A tribute

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February 6, 2019

The moss that swing on the trees of the south still feel the fingertips of slaves that hugged them in the night; desperate to find the direction of the north. A mother’s swollen breast leaks milk for a child that she hates to love. Masters child. A young boy’s scars fresh from the lash ooze an...

American sour

“Virginx” by Natalia Treviño and “American Suite” by Steven G. Kellman.

Alejandro Lopez

November 14, 2018

Students, professors, colleagues, English fanatics and poetry lovers alike gathered at the San Antonio Library Foundation to celebrate UTSA Professor Steven G. Kellman, Ph.D., and UTSA alumna Natalia Treviño for their double-book launch on Nov. 9. UTSA Professor Wendy Barker, Ph.D., started the nigh...

Read. Write. Repeat.

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Samantha Ceballos

May 20, 2018

Getting to know the city’s new poet laureate.   The world awakens inspiration: sounds, colors, textures. All three come together to help San Antonio poet laureate Octavio Quintanilla create his poetry.  As San Antonio rings in three hundred years of history, the city has its first mal...

FIGHT THE FEAR

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Zach Truesdale

May 20, 2018

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from those of the past and present  and all of my interactions, it is that we all have something to say. You have a story and meaning. Each person is unique in some way. And everyone is loved by somebody. So make every day count, my friend. Enjoy ...

Promise You Fields of Yellow Daffodils

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Sabrina Longoria

May 20, 2018

My heart is filled with a constellation dancing and soaring through the dark but stars burn brightest at their death and from flaming blasts blossom new scars that I cannot, will not ever regret  Spanish roses braided in dark hair a crimson crest and waterfall placed by fingers w...

To an Almost Lover

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Natasha Almasi

May 20, 2018

I am physically locked on you Pulling me in with an intelligent mind and deafening irises My body aches with desire Wanton and obsessed I hang on your words A passionate speaker your ideas affect me like sangria My soul widens, and warmth devours my curves I crave to be the woman you...