A virtual workshop with the author of Monstrilio, Gerardo Sámano Córdova, to benefit Community Building Art Works on Saturday, March 23rd, 2024 at 12 PM Eastern Time.

How do we keep our stories from stalling? In this class with author Gerardo Sámano Córdova we’ll play with different strategies that will spark our stories into motion. Ticket sales from this fundraising workshop will benefit Community Building Art Works programs for veterans, service members, military families, and health care workers. A limited number of FREE tickets for Veterans, Service Members, and Healthcare workers are available on a first come, first served basis. This workshop will be recorded and a link will be e-mailed to all ticket holders once the recording is available.*

Click here to register on our Eventbrite.

*Recording will only contain workshop lessons. All other participant video will be edited for user privacy. Only registered participants will have access to the recorded workshop.

About the facilitator:


Gerardo Sámano Córdova is a writer and artist from Mexico City living in Brooklyn. He is the author of Monstrilio a Book of the Year by NPR, Elle, Goodreads and others. He holds an MFA in Fiction from the University of Michigan and is the current Writer in Residence at Fordham University. Gerardo has also been known to draw little creatures.

Stay connected with Gerardo: Twitter: @samanito | Instagram: @hello.samanito

Acclaim for Gerardo Sámano Córdova & Monstrilio:

“Gerardo Sámano Córdova’s dark, soulful magic puts me in mind of Kelly Link or Carmen Maria Machado (and further back, Mary Shelley). The horror of grief has rarely been so viscerally or movingly evoked.” –Peter Ho Davies, author of A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself

“An extraordinary act of imagination, an extended meditation that begins in grief, family, belonging, and moves past that, into a deeper discovery of the power of love–and the powerlessness of love, as well its strangeness. With Monstrilio, Sámano Córdova makes a remarkable, kaleidoscopic debut.” –Alexander Chee, author of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

Monstrilio is the monster story about grief I’ve been craving. Bloody and full of longing, it gets under your skin and doesn’t let you go. A thrilling and heartbreaking ride from Mexico City to NYC to Berlin, brilliantly capturing what it means to lose someone you love with ferocious tenderness. Gerardo Sámano Córdova is an international revelation and one of the boldest new voices writing today.” –Akil Kumarasamy, author of Meet Us by the Roaring Sea and Half Gods

CLICK TO REGISTER: Moving your Story Along with Gerardo Sámano Córdova

We recently read Monstrilio and discussed it on our Book Club Podcast, CBAW Loves! Check it out on YouTube (embedded above), or listen to audio versions on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

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