In this hands-on, two-day course, María Amparo Escandón taught how the term “Magic Realism” was coined and how this movement flourished in Latin American fiction, what is understood as Magic Realism today, which are the best examples, and how Magic Realism can be adopted by American fiction successfully. Students also learned how to apply this to their own work by writing a short piece in class and writing an assignment to be submitted on the second day of the course.
With the purpose of promoting the creative work of Hispanic writers living in the United States of America, Chandler Gilbert Community College, Arizona State University, YMCA (Young Men Christian Association), MACHE (Maricopa Association of Chicanos for Higher Education), Culturadoor and Orbis Press sponsored this tribute with the intention of presenting the immigration experience of Mexicans in the United States. Escandón represents an entire community who has come to live in a new nation making it their own. A bilingual novelist, short story writer, screen writer, and film producer, María Amparo was recognized for her literary work that characterizes the experiences of millions of people, presenting bicultural themes that break the stereotype of the migrant population coming to the USA. The event took place November 19th and 20th at Chandler-Gilbert Community College and the Glendale Civic Center in Phoenix Arizona.