Milkweed y Monarcas: A Bilingual Literary Evening


Milkweed y Monarcas: A Bilingual Literary Evening

Wednesday, April 9th, 7:00-9:00 pm

American Legion Bar, Celaya 25, Condesa, Mexico City

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Featuring English-language poetry and prose readings by students in Creative Writing and Literary English classes, followed by a bilingual open mic.

Open Mic rules: Arrive promptly by 19:00 to sign up on the list—there will be limited slots! Poetry or prose up to 5 minutes MAXIMUM (2-3 poems, or about 600 words/2 pages of prose.)

Stop by even earlier to check out the stock of English language books at Under the Volcano Books upstairs (closes at 7).

Listen. Read. Drink. Be merry.


Una Noche Literaria Bilingüe 

Lecturas de prosa y poesía en inglés por los estudiantes de lasclases de “Escritura Creativa” e “Inglés Literario” de la Profesora M. Ullmann, seguidas de una sesión bilingüe para “Open Mic”.

Reglas para “Open Mic”: Para compartir escritos suyos. Llegue puntualmente a las 19:00hrs para inscribirse. Lista limitada. Tiempo máximo de 5 minutos para poesía o prosa (2-3 poemas o alrededor de 600 palabras /2 páginas de prosa).

Antes te invitamos a visitar el stock de libros en inglés arriba en el librería Under the Volcano Books.

Escuchar. Leer. Beber. Pasarlo bien.




Join the Mexico Readers & Writers group on Facebook


Just launched a new group:

“For the purposes of building an English-language literary community in Mexico, whether native speakers or those simply interested in reading and/or writing in English (or Spanglish, why not). Share events, classes, writers groups, book clubs, bookstore tips, stuff you’ve published, interesting articles, publications, calls for submissions, etc.”

Join it here.

Literary English and Creative Writing Classes in Mexico City


Spanish buttonI’m excited to announce I’ll be teaching two workshops beginning mid-February at Under the Volcano Books in Condesa. One is Literary English for English language learners, and also a multi-genre Creative Writing course for native and fluent English speakers. Please check out the details below and spread the word to anyone you think might be interested. Thanks!

*Update: the courses below are already full and underway, but I will be teaching sessions again in the future, so please stay tuned and contact me if you would like to be kept in the loop. Please also consider joining this Facebook group to participate in the English-language literary community in Mexico!

LITERARY ENGLISH — For intermediate and advanced English language learners.

Develop your English language skills through reading, speaking, and writing while learning about classic and contemporary literature and exploring your own creativity. We will read and discuss short stories and essays by North American and British authors and write short creative pieces inspired by the texts. We will occasionally use supplementary grammar lessons, though the focus will be on learning through practice. You will receive individualized attention on your oral and written grammar as well as the opportunity to practice in a group.

Details: 8 weeks from February 15th-April 5th 2014, Saturdays 11:00-12:30 at Under the Volcano Books, Celaya 25, La Condesa. MXN $1600. To register or find out more, please contact me and let me know a bit about your English level and why you are interested in the course!

CREATIVE WRITING — For native and fluent English speakers.

Explore multi-genre creative writing techniques including fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and travel writing. Learn to read and discuss works of literature with an eye for craft and push the boundaries of your creativity through a range of exercises and assignments. We will also discuss revision tips and how to publish your work. This course will be tailored to the interests of the participants and you will receive individualized feedback on your writing.

Details: 8 weeks from February 15th-April 5th 2014, Saturdays 1:00-2:30 at Under the Volcano Books, Celaya 25, La Condesa. MXN $1600. To register or find out more, please contact me and let me know a bit about your writing experience and goals!

About the Teacher:

Maryann Ullmann is a writer and teacher from the United States. She holds an MFA in Fiction Writing with a certificate in Teaching Creative Writing from Chatham University where she was awarded the Whitford Fellowship. She has published a range of shorts stories, essays, articles, and poetry in publications such as The Literary Bohemian, PermafrostPrime Number, Whole Terrain, and Cultural Survival Quarterly, among othersShe also served as the Fall 2013 Out of the Forge Writer-in-Residence in Braddock, PA.

She has taught ESOL at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA, the New England School of English in Cambridge, MA, and for NGOs and private clients in Mexico, Argentina, and Thailand. She has also taught creative writing and literature for both kids and adults through community programs in the U.S. such as Words Without Walls, the Literary Arts Boom, and the Pittsburgh High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA).

How to Cross the Widest Highway in the World


I’m thrilled to see my flash piece, “How to Cross the Widest Highway in the World” up in Issue 19 of The Literary Bohemian, which is a beautiful site!

liboThis piece was inspired by Argentine author Julio Cortázar’s magical and absurdist instruction manual for imaginary beings in Cronopios and Famas.

How to Cross the Widest Highway in the World

Tell yourself that though this is no mere road, you are no mere chicken. Think like the Great Explorers. Consider the Old World, and the New. Pull out the winder from your watch in order to freeze time, for you will need all of it in the world . . . Read More

Launch of The Squirrel Review


My cat, Squirrel, who is far more popular than I, is pleased to announce the launch of her new book review blog and advice column, The Squirrel ReviewPlease check it out!

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“Welcome to The Squirrel Review!

“I am a cat named Squirrel who loves books. I decided to start this highly sophisticated magazine because it is my understanding that cats are very popular on the internet, while books have been feeling neglected because they are less furry and sometimes have cold, hard covers, even though they can be extremely cuddly, warm and loving if you can get them to open up a bit. So, I’ve decided to exploit your love for me in order to steal your attention and redirect it to what I love most: books. . .”

Read more . . .

New Out of the Forge Writer-in-Residence!


I’m super excited and honored to be the Out of the Forge Writer-in-Residence in Braddock, PA this fall!


Maryann Ullmann holds an MFA in Fiction from Chatham University where she was awarded the 2011-2013 Margaret L. Whitford Fellowship. In her time at Chatham, she served as co-chair of the MFA Student Council, organized monthly student readings, earned a certificate in creative writing pedagogy, and taught classes at Pittsburgh CAPA, the Allegheny County Jail, and EarthINK. She’s also a travel addict who has lived abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she organized a network of expat writers. She has published a variety of stories, essays, articles, and poems relating to her explorations of culture and social and environmental issues in outlets such as Permafrost, Prime Number, Halfway Down the Stairs, International Living, Cultural Survival Quarterly, and Whole Terrain, among others.

No (real) sentient beings were harmed in the writing of this story …


The new winter issue of Permafrost Magazine, 35.1, with my story “Deceptively Like Home” is now available for order online. $10 & it’s a beautiful issue! Also just realized the magazine is the same age as me, which is either really cool or really creepy. It’s based out of the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, and they said they liked featuring the story of a polar bear not in Alaska. Indeed, it’s about a polar bear hitchhiking in Mexico, and the determined-for-adventure young couple that decides to give him a ride.

Deceptively Like Home:

“They were lost in some sort of salt mine field, eerily quiet, the piles of crystals stacked around still pools of water reflecting the milky blue morning sky. Glen had idled their open air Jeep Wrangler, and he and Audrey were now discussing what to do about the polar bear fifty or so yards down the salt dust road. The bear had walked into the middle and sat on his back haunches, camouflaged like it were an arctic desert. He kept his black nose pointed at them for a while, then looked down at his left paw and began to lick and bit at it, like there was something stuck there. Or something hurt…” Read the story…

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