San Miguel de Allende lies in the center of Mexico and is truly a beating heart of the country. A destination for writers for many years, San Miguel draws people passionate about beauty and inspires creation within them. Just one day in the city, and you’ll be elevated creatively by the enchanting doorways, colorful celebrations, charming parks and gardens, numerous art galleries, divine culinary offerings and, especially, the joyful humans who call it home. In this partnership with Atmalogy & The Porch Writer’s Collective, we are excited to take you to this surreal destination that makes it “easy to smile,” as Mary Oliver says in her poem “First Day in San Miguel de Allende.” Every writer benefits by getting away from their norm, and we especially love getting away together.
Ciona is a poet, editor, teacher and the curator of several poetry experiences, including Atmalogy’s monthly poetry series Writings on the Wall. Rouse is the author of the chapbook Vantablack (Third Man Books, 2017) and poetry editor of WORDPEACE journal. Her work can be found in The Account, Gabby Journal, Matter: a journal of political poetry and commentary, and Talking River. She lives in Nashville, Tenn., and in 2017-2018, served as a resident poet for the Nick Cave: FEAT exhibition and live performance for Frist Art Museum. She co-hosts Re/Verb, a podcast of Third Man Books where music, literature, and pop culture collide.
Katie McDougall, co-founder of The Porch and a native Nashvillian, first took Fiction Writing as a senior at Colorado College, where she earned her BA in English. In the nearly thirty years since, she has been writing stories, crafting novels, scribbling in journals, and teaching, reading, selling, breathing literature. She earned her MFA in Fiction Writing at Colorado State University, and her short stories have appeared in BarcelonaReview.com and in Storyglossia.com. Katie’s writing awards include a four-week writing residency at the Kimmel•Harding•Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska, Association of Writers and Poet Intro. Journals Award Nomination for Colorado State University, and the Paul Gillette Writing Contest Finalist. She is currently in the process of finding a home for her second novel, Lady of the Lake.
Katie has over fifteen years experience as a teacher of literature and creative writing. Since leaving the traditional classroom, she has worked as the Master Teacher in Residence at The Island School in the Bahamas, as an outdoor educator, as a freelance writer, a tutor, and a proud bookseller at Nashville’s fabulous Parnassus Books. Additionally, she has coordinated writing workshops, ranging from the annual one-day Nashville Young Writers Workshop to the week-long Sense of Place Workshop with Richard Bausch at Cape Eleuthera, Bahamas. She was also a guest teacher of Fiction Writing at the Ah Haa School of Arts in Telluride, Colorado.
San Miguel is known to be the most enchanting town in Mexico. In 2008, UNESCO recognized San Miguel de Allende as a World Heritage of Humanity sites. It is quaint, cosmopolitan, and built for relaxing. With its narrow cobblestone streets, leafy courtyards, fine architectural details, and sumptuous interiors, you will not be disappointed! Ninety percent of the attractions are within walking distance and the city is safe for traveling.
Posada Corazón is an enchanting bed and breakfast in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato. It is in a narrow valley, which makes its streets narrow and winding. Most are alleys that cars cannot pass through, and some are long sets of stairs up the mountainsides. Many of the city’s thoroughfares are partially or fully underground. The historic center has numerous small plazas, colonial-era mansions, churches, and civil constructions built using pink or green sandstone.
Daily breakfast, coffee, and juice is included in the price of this retreat. You can enjoy your meal in a lovely and authentic bed and breakfast private setting. They offer homemade enchiladas or huevo divorciados and the bread basket with homemade marmalade and honey is divine. There are a lot of bars, cafes, and restaurants nearby that offer Mexican cuisine. Their food is primarily a fusion of indigenous Mesoamerican cooking with European, especially Spanish, elements added after the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire in the 16th century. The staples are native foods, such as corn, beans, avocados, tomatoes, and chili peppers, along with rice which was brought by the Spanish. Europeans introduced a large number of other foods, the most important of which were meats from domesticated animals (beef, pork, chicken, goat, and sheep), dairy products (especially cheese), and various herbs and spices.