Talented voices from some of the most popular shows on television and film are speaking at Mount St. Mary’s College this school year, as part of the Mount’s “Distinguished Voices in Writing” forums. The most recent writer to speak in the series, on November 7, was Marcos McPeek-Villatoro, a poet, novelist, Emmy-winning filmmaker and Mount St. Mary's College professor.
All talks in the series begin at 7 p.m. on the College's Doheny Campus near downtown L.A. To RSVP, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
A prolific writer, McPeek-Villatoro has won "Best Book" honors in the Los Angeles Times Book Review and is a Pushcart Prize nominee. His most recent work is also one of his most personal.
McPeek-Villatoro wrote and directed the documentary "Camino Tamalero (Tamale Road): A Memoir from El Salvador," which is now screening at domestic and international film festivals. The film follows McPeek-Villatoro, his wife and his children as they travel to El Salvador, with their homemade tamales, to make new friends among old family. Along the way, they discover many secrets about the Villatoro family’s past, and about the identity of the filmmaker’s home country.
The "Distinguished Voices in Writing" will start up again after the holidays. On Jan. 16, Andre and Maria Jacquetmetton, writer-producers of AMC’s “Mad Men," will be featured.
Each talk in the series comes with its own hook: Each writer will analyze a live episode, film or story they have written. An audience question-and-answer time also takes place with each speaker.
“We feel incredibly fortunate to have such talented writers kicking off our new monthly series,” says Dr. Katherine Boutry, a Humanities faculty member who will host the series. Dr. Boutry is a writer herself, with television credits that include shows such as “Missing” and “Haunting Hour.”
“The series was designed to bring great voices in creative writing to the Mount as inspiration to our students and alums,” Dr. Boutry says, “and to give us a chance to give back to the community by offering a forum for creative discussions.”
The first four speakers to take part in Mount St. Mary’s “Distinguished Voices in Writing” series include:
Each talk begins at 7 p.m. RSVPs are required to attend. Send your RSVP to email@example.com. General admission is $10, to be paid by cash or check at the door; $5 for WGA members; free to Mount St. Mary’s College students, faculty and staff.
The series is presented to the public by Mount St. Mary’s Master of Arts in Humanities program, and will take place on the College's Doheny Campus. For questions, or to RSVP, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.