Send Edyka Chilomé to Macondo

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Hello beloved community! I am honored to announce that I have been offered a spot at the Macondo Writer Workshop this summer in San Antonio Texas. "The Macondo Writers Workshop is an association of socially-engaged writers working to advance creativity, foster generosity, and serve community. Founded in 1995 by writer Sandra Cisneros and named after the town in Gabriel García Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, the workshop gathers writers from all genres who work on geographic, cultural, economic, gender, and spiritual borders. An essential aspect of the Macondo Workshop is a global sense of community; participants recognize their place as writers in our society and the world." ( http://macondowriters.com/

My path as a writer has taken me to places I have never expected and takes me further still with my recently announced fellowship apart of the Intercultural Leadership Institute , a year-long intercultural leadership program for artists, culture bearers and other arts professionals. As I continue to build my career as an emerging arts activist and culture bearer (learn more at EdykaChilome.com ), I am so excited about the amazing opportunity to participate in this workshop. More specifically I am excited about devoting time to develop my craft as a writer, build and strengthen peer community with other Latinx/indigenous writers, and to meet and learn from inspiring women writers who are further and more established in their careers like  Sandra Cisneros.

That being said, I am humbly asking for some community support to cover the expenses to get there by June 31st. With recent health issues, my financial resources have been limited and any help I might receive would go a long way. I do not take any investment in me or my work for granted. I have been able to get here because my community believed in me and has continued to support my growth and my work. Thank you for all that you have already done. If it is in your capacity to give in this way it is appreciated if not your continued friendship and affirmations are equally as appreciated. Thank you. Tlazokamati.

Macondo Workshop Costs:

$513.75 - Tuition

$200 - Housing

$150 - Transportation

$62 - Miscellaneous (estimated go fund me fees)

total $925.75

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Hola mi pueblo!

I am exactly a week away from the Macondo Writing Retreat! As a thank you, I want to keep you all informed of my journey, beginning with some reflections on where I am and how I am preparing mentally, emotionally, and spiritually for this experience.

My journey as a writer thus far has tested my faith many of times and has taught me to humbly acknowledge the power of relationship and community.
As many of you know, I had some pretty serious health issues that left me limited in my mobility and struggling with my "animos" (spirits/emotional wellbeing) for almost all of spring. I was unable to walk, and at some point even sit up to write/type much with my hands. I didn't write much of anything for months and it was during this time that ancestors insisted on reminding me yet again that I am nothing without the love and brilliance of the people around me.

This lesson was further emphasized when I was called back to work and was surprisingly accepted into the Macondo workshop after being placed 5th on a waitlist!! I am still in so much awe that I was invited to the table and in such little time was equipped by all of you to take a seat! I am smiling now just thinking about it. I am truly humbled and walk with a deeper gratitude for the power of connection and relation.

Consequently, one of the things I am preparing my heart for during this time is the welcoming of new meaningful relationships that might inspire powerful discoveries in myself. As cheesy as it sounds, I feel like a new kid anxious for their first day of school and eager to make new friends!

I am also preparing my mind (ego) to not only accept but celebrate, that I will most likely be a younger and less seasoned writer in the room. I do this while also knowing my community (you) has already affirmed in multiple ways that though I am young, I have something important to bring to the table. Because of this abundant affirmation and trust, I feel I have a responsibility to bring it!

My accountability to you makes my spirit strong and brave and I want to make sure I am doing my part. Last summer before I headed off on my summer travels, I was told by an elder that I needed to cleanse myself so that I could feel/see/hear spirit more clearly. This week I remember her words and I start day 2 of a cleansing ritual to prepare for a new cycle excited what spirit may bring!

As I read beautiful manuscripts, cleanse, and pack, I am excited to invite all of my donors in and close to Dallas to celebrate with me in an intimate gathering this weekend. For me this will be a beautiful opportunity to celebrate community and say thank you! I have invited each of you on Facebook but am aware that a few of you may not have facebook so I hope to reach out to you personally via another medium. If for some reason you have not gotten an invitation please let me know!

For everyone else who has ever shared my work, invited me to perform, bought my book, shared words of affirmations about my gifts... Thank you. Gracias. Tlazo. Shapnayán. I appreciate you so and hold you kindness as my wealth. <3 May we continue affirming each other in this walk. Inlakech.

Tirí (Sister) Edyka Chilomé
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Thank you so much mi gente for believing in me and helping take advantage of this opportunity! I am so grateful for your love and look forward to sharing this experience with all of you who have invested in my work! <3
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Thank you to everyone who has already donated!! <3
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