John Phillip Santos

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San Antonio's largest citywide celebration, Fiesta, has come and gone. However, there’s one more Fiesta story to tell — and it’s one you don’t hear that often: Quite a few San Antonians don't actually like Fiesta, or at very least, they’re conflicted about it.

Photograph courtesy of Fiesta® San Antonio Commission/© Betsy Newman Photography

John Phillip Santos, a San Antonio writer, journalist, and filmmaker, attended San Antonio Fiesta events as a child. His grandmother pointed out  that “ ‘This was a celebration of the defeat of the Mexicans,’ ” Santos said.


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As poet laureate of San Antonio, Jenny Browne was required to create a signature initiative.  

That project became “St. Anthony’s Lost and Found,” which features a postcard exhibit that invites visitors to read poems written on the small rectangular cards, and — if they’re inspired — to leave a poem.  

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