The San Miguel PEN Team

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Judyth Hill

President

 

Women Writers Committee

Judyth Hill, poet, editor, teacher, author of the internationally acclaimed poem, Wage Peace, published worldwide and recorded by choruses, orchestras, and dance companies, lives in the aspened splendor of the Rockies, in Evergreen, Colorado. Her nine poetry books include Dazzling Wobble and Tzimtzum, her tenth mss is forthcoming 2023. The current President of PEN San Miguel. Hill conducts poetry and memoir workshops at conferences world-round, including the San Miguel Writers Conference, and leads global WildWriting Culinary Adventures. Judyth was described by the St. Helena Examiner as, "Energy with skin” and by the Denver Post as, “A tigress with a pen”.

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Rosaleen Bertolino

Secretary

Rosaleen Bertolino was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and is currently living in Mexico. She received her B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz and her M.A. in English/Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Her awards include a Marin Arts Council Individual Artist Grant and an Honorable Mention for the James D. Phelan Award. She has twice been a finalist for Glimmer Train's Very Short Fiction Award, and has been a writer in residence at the Writer's Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, during 2008, 2007, and 2006. She is co-founder and host of the reading series Prose Cafe, based in San Miquel de Allende, Mexico, and the winner of the 2019 Many Voices Project Prose competition. Her debut collection, "The Paper Demon and Other Stories," was released New Rivers Press in the fall of 2021 and was a handpicked book at Small Press Distribution..

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Lucina Kathmann

Treasurer

 Vice President PEN Intl.

Women Writers Committee

Lucina Kathmann is an American writer and activist. She has published books, essays, and short stories internationally in multiple languages. She has been an active member of PEN International since 1986[1] and helped found the organization's Women Writers Committee in 1991. Lucina represents PEN International at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

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Victor Sahuatoba

VP Emeritus

Works at Fundaciòn Cultural Un Chorro de Literatura, A.C.

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Elizabeth Starčević, Ph. D.

Pesident Emerita

Elizabeth Starcevic has been weaving large wall hangings in Mexico for over 25 years and is an emeritus professor of Spanish literature and language at the City College of New York, where she fought for open admissions, day care, and student and faculty rights, and worked actively in the union for over 40 years. She learned to weave in Mexico and has had shows in Bellas Artes and in museums and galleries in San Miguel de Allende and Xalapa. She has also shown in galleries and a variety of venues in New York City, New Jersey, and Vancouver. Although weaving is a “slow” art, it has been impossible for Elizabeth not to use it to respond to the upsurge of violence and insecurity that was unleashed during the presidential campaign of 2016.

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Sharon Steeber

Vice President

Sharon Steeber has one foot in San Miguel, Mexico and one in San Diego, California, bewitched by both. She has published fiction and textbooks as well as newspaper and magazine columns. Currently she writes fiction and short plays, some of which have been produced in San Miguel and in San Diego.

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Nicholas Patricca

Accounts Manager

Nicholas Patricca is an internationally published and produced playwright, poet, and essayist. He is professor emeritus at Loyola University Chicago, president of Chicago Network for Justice and Peace, contributing journalist at Windy City Times. 

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Neža
Vilhelm

Translator

Neza Vilhelm is a freelance translator and editor. She works with some major film festivals and publishing houses in Slovenia. Her days are filled with words, images and music, and Mimi.

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Signe 
Hammer

Signe Hammer is a writer, editor, writing coach and teacher who spends time in both New York City and San Miguel. Her memoir was a NYTimes Book Review Notable Book. She has published three other nonfiction books, along with short stories, poetry, reviews and national-magazine feature articles. She has taught writing to adults as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Creative Writing at New York University, privately in San Miguel, at the San Miguel Writers Conference and via Zoom both privately and for the San Miguel Literary Sala. She has been an editor at both a major book publisher and a national magazine, and works privately with clients to develop their writing projects. 

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Dennis
Conroy

Chair

Writers in Prison Committee

 

Dennis Conroy devotes the majority of his volunteer activities promoting literacy and the literary arts, with an emphasis on supporting writers at risk.  He serves as chair of the Writers in Prison Committee of the San Miguel de Allende Centre of PEN International; also serves as a board member and vice president of the Chicago Network for Justice and Peace.