The Semilla Center believes that everyone has a story to tell. Learning how to write in a compelling way, and sharing your writing with other writers can be a transforming experience. We have a group of gifted writers who are also wonderful teachers of writers at any level. Workshops are held at our center and with partner organizations.
Our literary magazine, The Phoenix of Phillips, features writing by people who live, work or volunteer in our neighborhood. We publish a high-quality journal twice a year.
Current teaching artists are Patrick Cabello Hansel and Marion Gomez. They are published poets, alumni of the Loft’s Mentor Series, and have a great deal of teaching experience. They were chosen because of their work, teaching skills, and because they are bilingual. They mentor two young women—both of whom are bilingual.
These artists lead 20-30 writing workshops at Semilla Center and other Phillips locations: low-income senior housing, health clinic and after school and summer programs. The artists will also recruit and mentor co-teachers from the group. We try to practice our motto that “Everyone is a Learner and a Teacher”. We are committed to both the process of developing writers, and the product of a quality magazine that speaks from the community to the community and beyond.