When Susan Page moved to San Miguel in 2004, she was surprised to learn that this city, rich in literary history, had no regular author readings and no bookstore featuring local authors. She started a small organization, called the San Miguel Literary Sala, which rapidly became a popular gathering place for writers and literary activities.
Active Sala member Jody Feagan turned to Susan one day and said, “San Miguel is a world-class destination. We should have a Writers’ Conference here.” Susan agreed, and Jody went to work. The First Annual Conference was held in 2006 under Jody’s capable leadership, with keynote speaker, John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
By year two, it was already apparent that the Conference would serve not only as a cultural event for all of Central Mexico but as an internationally appealing event for both writers and readers from all over the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. In subsequent years, the event became fully bilingual and began to feature keynote speakers from all three countries.
It became known as, “The Creative Crossroads of the Americas,” and is now the largest international, fully bilingual event of its kind in all of the Americas.