Taking the Conversation Home
is our platform for encouraging UTV participants to play an active role as cultural ambassadors once they leave Tepoztlán. By organizing and hosting events such as readings and dialogues in their home communities, UTV alumni share exciting new work and engage larger audiences in conversations on the challenges and values that unite us in these early years of the 21st century.


The Distance Between Us


Live Stream via Facebook 

Award-winning novelist Reyna Grande, author of the memoirs The Distance Between Us and A Dream Called Home (Atria Books, 2012 & 2018), will read from her work and speak with UTV Assistant Director Gabriela Damián. Both born in Mexico within a few years of each other, they will explore their identities as writers whose stories have diverged as part of the living history of Mexico..

Live Transmission at Facebook.com/utvmx 

past events


August 12, 2020

Live Stream via Facebook 

Novelist Devi Laskar (The Atlas of Reds and Blues, Counterpoint, 2019), an alumna of Under the Volcano’s fiction master classes, and Elizabeth Rosner (Survivor Café: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory, Counterpoint, 2017), Under the Volcano memoir and non-fiction faculty, will speak about the challenges of writing from the trauma of racism and the Holocaust and the literary friendship that brought them together.

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August 5, 2020

Live Stream via Facebook 

Australian writer and anthropologist Kavita Bedford will speak about her forthcoming novel Friends and Dark Shapes (Europa Editions, 2021) with poet & fiction writer Rebecca Levi (US). Both are graduates of Under the Volcano, where they met as members of the fiction writing master classes.

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Race matters:

July 29, 2020

Live Stream via Facebook 

A freewheeling conversation with Los Angeles Times Presidential Campaign Reporter (UTV 2016, journalism) on the intersection of the pandemic, race and the US Presidential campaign.

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 July 22, 2020

Live Stream via Facebook 

Reading and conversation between UTV Sandra Cisneros Fellows Ana Portnoy, Red Samaniego and Gina Balibrera.
Hosted by Pilsen Community Books (Chicago). https://pilsencommunitybooks.com/

Live Transmission at Facebook.com/utvmx
Wednesday july 22nd, 7:30 EST. 

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with Magda Bogin

 May 4, 2020

Live Stream via Facebook 

Join poets Cyrus Cassells and Kristina Bicher for a dual reading and conversation as they launch their gorgeous new books. Curated by Under the Volcano
Director Magda Bogin. 

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Escribir Con visión en el 2020: 

desde el ojo del ojo del huracán

april 24, 2020

A conversation with Louisa Reynols, Robin Myers, Ruy Feben and Daniel Escoto hosted by Gabriela Damián Miravete (UTV Assistant Director & 2020 Reading Fellow.

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Celebrating  Native Voices 

& Indigenous Peoples’ Day

october 14, 2019
 McNally Jackson Books, NYC

A reading/conversation with CMarie Fuhrman (UTV 2019 Grace Paley Fellow), co-editor of the anthology Native Voices (Tupelo Press, 2019), to mark Indigenous People’s Day. Co-hosted by poet Kristina Bicher (UTV alumna and Board member)
and Magda Bogin.

september 7, 2019
4 Fulton Street NYC

A reading and celebration with UTV faculty and alumni as part of the opening festival of McNally Jackson’s new downtown bookstore, featuring novelists Joan Silber, Emily Raboteau and Keila Vall de la Ville and poets Kristina Bicher, Ana Portnoy Brimmer, CS Nelson and Shakthi Shrima.

may 7, 2019
McNally Jackson Books, NYC.

Aysegül Savas (UTV 2017, 1018 and UTV Reading Fellow in Fiction, 2019 & 2020) reading from her debut novel, Walking on the Ceiling (Riverhead, 2019), in conversation with UTV founder/Director Magda Bogin at McNally Jackson Books, NYC..

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