Monday, April 26, 2010

Book Signing!!


I've been 'booked' for a book signing! Hah!

I'll be reading at Barnes and Noble in McAllen (north 10th) at 7:00pm on Saturday May 8th.

Am I excited? Yes.

Even more though, I'm nervous as heck. How does one go about setting up a book signing? I haven't a clue!!!

I used to work at Hastings way back in the day. I would work with authors to set up their book signings, but I remember always feeling horribly inadequete. I always found out like the day of the event, had no direction from my managers, and would feel guilty when author would chastise me for being so... incompetant. (Sigh) Now it's time for me to be on the other end of the frustration... maybe. Or maybe things will go smoothly. Who knows!

Ok so Katie's a busy girl. Being a poetita is hard work. I don't have time to write anymore... :'( . On my to do list for the next few weeks:

1. Prepare portfolio for Form and Theory class (5 poems, done... pretty much) due tomorrow.

2. Write two new poems for Poetry Workshop (thursday)

3. Prepare for Wild Tongues conference (Saturday) must also book hotel and pack, maybe shop for new outfit?

4. prepare portfolio for poetry workshop class (12 polished up poems) due may 6th

5. prepare for Barnes and Noble book signing! Must create poster, business cards, and flyers, sign consignment contract, and round up some poets to read with me (reading is may 8th)

6. Write 10 page poetic statement - due may 11th

7. Write and submit a proposal for AWP conference - due may 15th

8. Prepare for reading at Savory Perks - may 22nd

9. Polish up workshop for an unknown saturday in June for the Writer's Forum

Is that it? Come on! Bring it on! This poeta can handle it. Ah crap my student is here...

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Poetry Pachanga

I'm officially all worded out.

There we are... at the Poetry Pachanga!

What an incredible weekend. I had such a great time participating in the Valley International Poetry Festival. Last night was the big finale at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce. I sat at Amalia Ortiz's table for dinner! When am I going to get a chance to chat over a glass of wine with her?? Why... next year of course at VIPF 2011! LoL.

No but seriously, great night, wonderful weekend. Last night I think the audience was really digging my poem! I read "The Common Denominator" and proclaimed that I AM A BORDER WOMAN! Yes, with my blond hair and blue eyes and guerita midwest accent, I am a border woman! :-P That's what my chapbook speaks to, anyway.

The only disappointing thing about last night was that i didn't sell ANY of my chapbooks. Boohoo. LoL it was pretty funny though, because by the end of the night there was some pretty sweeping drunkenness. That's what happens when they have a bottle of tequila next to the mic. I, of course, behaved. I did miss church this morning, and had a real hankering for strong black coffee when I woke up, though.

Anyway... here are a few pictures from the poetry slam at Jitterz.

That's my professor, Emmy, introducing my chapbook, Among the Mariposas. She said that the MFA program is so proud of me. AWWW :) That made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

<< Here's me reading at Jitterz! I sure was having a good time.

Now I have a LOT of writing to do. I took a bit of a hiatus from writing poetry the last week or so and got REALLY behind on assignments for class. No kidding, I have to write seven new poems before Thursday? Can I do it? Aye.

Not only that, but I need to prepare for the Wild Tongues Symposium on Saturday. I'm giving a talk about my chapbook there, and I haven't even thought about what I'm going to say. Should I be nervous? Poets don't get nervous!

There's so much more that I want to say, but alas, procrastination must cease. Time to get to work.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Jitterz Reading Last Night!

Did I have a great time at Jitterz or what?! :-D

Soooooooo many poets, soooooooo much support, and wayyyyyy too much coffee LoL! We raised over $100 for Tato Laviera (disabled and homeless poet who gave workshops with our university), and I even sold a few of my chapbooks!! I had the guts to get up and read TWICE, once as part of a student/faculty reading and again at the open mic. I think I did ok, poems didn't go over the best. I read "Breakfast with Fur" which is kind of a weird poem... I don't think the audience got it. Oh well.

Oh! And I was a judge at both the youth and adult poetry slams B-) Boy did I feel important or what? All in all, it was a GREAT opportunity for me to meet fellow poets, share my work, promote my chapbook, and raise money for a good cause. And Bruno joined me! My lovie dovie poo poo! I know he probably felt uber uncomfortable with all the artsy strangeness going on, but he was there to support me and that means so much.

I will work on hunting down some pictures... I saw plenty of shutterbugs going off...!

So a success? Definately. I had a wonderful time. However... I did develop a bit of a pet peeve... the arrogant poet. Ugh. I won't say any more.

Also, I'm finding it difficult to 'brag' myself. I don't like to just go up there and say "hey, buy my chapbook its great!". I feel weird peddling it on people, bringing it up in conversation, and just... promoting it. So... um... I think I need to get over that. There's a balance between humility and arrogance, and you dont have to JUST be one or the other. I need to learn how to walk the fine line. Hmmm...

Friday, April 23, 2010

Boundless Anthology 2010 Reception

Boundless 2010 anthology looks absolutely GREAT! I was really impressed with the release reception last night :) Lots of great poets all in one room.

Here's me, reading my poem "Original Sin". I look so professional with the McAllen Chamber of Commerce backdrop, yes?

And here's a group picture of all anthologized poets! Bet you can spot me :D I stand out just a little bit...

And here's another picture of me, just a little too excited to get this whole Valley International Poetry Festival thing started! LoL. Standing next to me is poet Kamala Platt!

Anyway, the reception went great, the anthology is wonderful, and overall I'm pretty impressed.
Tonight VIPF continues with a reading and poetry slam at Jitterz in Mission. I'll hit the stage at around 6. I'm also going to be raffling a signed copy of my new chapbook!
This weekend is bound to be a great weekend. I can't wait until I get out of work!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

This day will go down in history.


Release day for my chapbook! ToDaY! It's out, available for purchase! Isn't the cover absolutely beautiful? Concept by Mike Warble.

Check it out!!!! On the MFP website, the books is on the front page X-D Plus, if you poke around a bit, you'll find me under "Our Authors" with my sexy picture and facinating author bio.

And you know what else? Post office (wonderful beautiful sexy post office) held my package of books. Yesterday's blunder will NOT ruin my thunder!
Oh joyous wonderful day! :D :D :D :D
For more on Mike Warble, visit

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Ok so this blonde moment definately takes the cake.

Remember how I was expecting to have books waiting patiently on my doorstep this morning? My book? Among the Mariposas, ready to sell for tomorrow's reception?

Well that was the best laid plan, anyway. I get home, nothing, nada, ziltch. So I send a guilt inducing email to editor, about how my amateur poetic self is sooo crushed to be bookless at upcoming wine and cheese reception (McAllen chamber of commerce! if you're interested in stoppin by!). So she feels bad when she reads said email, and calls me apologizing, angry, upset, confused. It was supposed to be there! Stupid USPS GUARANTEED IT!

So she opens up email history, just to verify everything. What's your address? 4612 C Street.... ok ok... wait a minute... she sent it to 4216 c street! I automatically assume editor is at fault, not perfect poeta.

But.... alas it was my fault. My nimble fingers sure do type fast, but their accuracy isn't the best.

I'm so freakin' dyslexic!! Ughhh!! Angry at myself right now, for not being more careful. So will my books be here in time? Probably not. My guess is that they're somewhere out in the desert right now... roaming about freely... not in my house, not being sold at upcoming reception.... not making me look good...

boohooo.... :"( I'm going to look sooo stupid tomorrow when I explain what happened. I think I'll blame it on someone else. Yes, that'll work nicely... heh heh heh...


Ok so over the next few days I'll be reading/hopefully selling books at the following venues X-D

Thursday, April 22nd - McAllen Chamber of Commerce 7-9pm

Part of an anthology release reception for Boundless 2010... oh and my book too, Among the Mariposas! Ok So I'm making the second part up but whatever.

Friday April 23rd - Jitters Coffee Shop in Mission - 6-10pm

I'll be reading early though as part of a UTPA faculty/student reading. Oh, and I'm selling my books too. Oh! And I'm raffling a signed copy too with procedes going to the Tato Laviera fund to help him find a home :)

Saturday April 24th - McAllen Chamber of Commerce 8-10pm

Poetry Pachanga! Tons of great poets will be there (including myself of course)

Below is the official program for VIPF. It'll be a good time for sure.


(Please check for updates on schedule or call (956) 358-7211.
Poets listed are scheduled to appear, but may not be available as listed.)

Free Admission * Open To The Public
Donations Welcome * Books & Shirts For Sale

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Boundless 2010: Anthology Release Reception (McAllen)
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
McAllen Chamber of Commerce Conference Room
Note: Copies of Boundless 2010, the anthology of VIPF, available for $10. 124 pages; perfect-bound; anthology includes poems by 49 poets from across the U.S., India, and England. Wine and cheese reception and readings to follow; Registered poets check-in.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Poets in the Schools (private)
Juarez-Lincoln High School:—9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (tentative)
McAllen Memorial High School: Oscar C. Peña and Michael Guinn—9 to 4 p.m.
Edinburg North: Amalia Ortiz and Lady Mariposa—12 to 4 p.m. (tentative)

Youth Poetry Slam Contest (Mission)
6:00 – 6:45 p.m.
Jitterz Coffee Bar
Note: Recitation contest open to high school students; 6:00 register to compete.
Slam Rules:

UT-Pan American Student and Faculty Readings (Mission)
6:45 – 7:45 p.m.
Jitterz Coffee Bar
Note: While we respect freedom of speech, this is a family establishment; appropriate language is expected; inappropriate language will not be tolerated.

Open Mic (Mission)
7:45 – 8:30 p.m.
Jitterz Coffee Bar
Note: While we respect freedom of speech, this is a family establishment; appropriate language is expected; inappropriate language will not be tolerated. Sign up with M.C.

Featured Poet Reading: Jesse G. Herrera (Mission)
8:30 – 8:45 p.m.
Jitterz Coffee Bar

Featured Poet Reading: Michael Guinn (Mission)
8:45 – 9:05 p.m.
Jitterz Coffee Bar

Adult Poetry Slam (Mission)
9:05 – 9:55 p.m.
Jitterz Coffee Bar
Note: Recitation contest open to registered poets only.
Master of Ceremonies: Michael Guinn, Featured Poet
Slam Rules:
Note: While we respect freedom of speech, this is a family establishment; appropriate language is expected; inappropriate language will not be tolerated.

Saturday April 25, 2009

Potluck Desayuno/Breakfast (McAllen)
9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
McAllen Chamber of Commerce Board Room
Note: Please bring something to eat and drink, preferably to share.

Readings: Galeria 409 (Brownsville)
10:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Hosts: Mark & Betty Clark
Featuring: Diana Domínguez, Yolanda Barrera, Brenda Nettles Riojas, Jay Alvarez, Oscar C. Peña, Juan M. Pérez, Frank Piña, Arturo Saldaña, Julieta Corpus, Alan Oak, Lady Mariposa, Virginia Torres, Lauren Espinoza, Diana T. Cordova, Lina Suárez

Book Presentation: Chamber of Commerce (McAllen)
10:00 – 10:55 a.m.
Board Room
Hosts: Josie Mixon and P.C. McKinnon
Award-winning poet Josie Mixon discusses her third book, Off The Beaten Path; Mixon is a survivor of sexual and domestic violence and abuse. McKinnon is her biographer.

Workshop: Chamber of Commerce (McAllen)
11:00 – 11:55 p.m.
Board Room
Host: Shirley Rickett, author of Dinner In Oslo
Description: Finding the nugget in your poem.
Note: Please bring ten copies of your poem to share with other participants.

Readings: Narciso Martínez Cultural Arts Center (San Benito)
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Featuring: Adriana Babiak-Vázquez, Oscar C. Peña, Robin Cate, Juan M. Pérez, Julieta Corpus, Luis Vázquez, Diana Domínguez, Tim Smith, Amalia Ortiz,
Rudy H. García, Jay Alvarez

Workshop: Chamber of Commerce (McAllen)
12:00 – 12:55 p.m.
Board Room
Host: Dr. Steven P. Schneider, professor of English at UT-Pan American
Description: I will illustrate how photographs and works of art can be used as a catalyst to inspire students’ writing. Each participant will write a poem in response to a photograph or work of art.

Readings: Jitterz Coffee Bar (Mission)
12:00 – 1:50 p.m.
Host: Gabriel de la Garza
Featuring: Daniel García Ordaz, Jesse G. Herrera, Ken Jones, Laura Reagan-Porras, Meliton Hinojosa, Linda Romero, Jesús Beltrán II, Cory Raymond, Josie Mixon, P.C. McKinnon, Ernesto Dueñas

Readings: Museo Casamata (Matamoros, Tamaulipas)
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Host: Museo Casamata
Featuring: Kenneth Treviño, Arturo Saldaña, Yolanda Barrera, Brenda Nettles Riojas
Note: Passport is required; carpooling likely.

Book Presentation: Chamber of Commerce (McAllen)
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Conference Room
Host: Dr. Steven P. Schneider and Reefka Schneider
Description: Borderlines: Drawing Border Lives (Wings Press, 2010) is a bilingual collection of poems written by Dr. Schneider in response to a series of 25 drawings by his wife, Reefka.
Note: Books available for sale.

Spotlight on Mexican Poets: Chamber of Commerce (McAllen)
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Conference Room
Host: Efraín González
Featuring: featuring Arnulfo Vigíl, Vicky Rodríguez, Lucía González, Efraín González, Armando Alanis, Gabo de Montemayor, Yolanda Barrera
Note: Books available for sale.

Readings: Paragraphs On Padre (South Padre Island)
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Host: Joni Montover
Featuring: Kenneth Treviño, Juan M. Pérez, Diana Domínguez, Rudy H. García, Amalia Ortiz, Tim Smith, Alan Oak, Lady Mariposa, Virginia Torres, Lauren Espinoza,
Diana T. Cordova, Lina Suárez

Readings: Savory Perks (Weslaco)
2:30 – 4:45 p.m.
Host: Savory Perks
Featuring: Jesse G. Herrera, Oscar C. Peña, Laura Reagan-Porras, Meliton Hinojosa,
Shirley A. Rickett, Jay Alvarez, Cory Raymond, Josie Mixon, P.C. McKinnon

Readings: South Texas College: Mid-Valley Campus (Weslaco)
3:45 – 4:45 p.m.
Host: Arnold Becho, Librarian
Featuring: Mona D. Sizer, Oscar C. Peña, Adriana Babiak-Vázquez, Luis Vázquez, Rolando Villafuerte

Readings: Public Library (Pharr)
3:45 – 5:30 p.m.
Host: Adolfo García, Director
Featuring: Daniel García Ordaz, Juan M. Pérez, Frank Piña, Laura Reagan-Porras, Linda Romero, Jesús Beltrán II, Lady Mariposa, Diana T. Cordova, Lina Suárez, Virginia Torres, Lauren Espinoza, Cory Raymond, Ken Jones, Ernesto Dueñas

*Poetry Pachanga Dinner (*private)
McAllen Chamber of Commerce Main Hall
6:00 – 6:50 p.m.
Note: Dinner for Registered Poets and their Guests Only ($10 per guest)

4th Annual Poetry Pachanga: Musical Performance
by Karen Eubanks (McAllen)
Chamber of Commerce Conference Room
7:00 – 7:45 p.m. (Doors Open at 6:45 p.m.)
Karen Eubanks is a young singer/songwriter with country/soulful/pop vocals and an emotional, natural delivery. Catch the rising star of the Rio Grande Valley music scene.

4th Annual Poetry Pachanga: Readings (McAllen)
Chamber of Commerce Conference Room
7:45 – 10:30 p.m.
Featuring All Registered Poets: Armando Alanis, Jay Alvarez, Adriana Babiak-Vázquez, Yolanda Barrera, Jesus Beltran II, Vanessa Brown, Robin Cate, Diana T. Cordova, Julieta Corpus, Diana Dominguez, Ernesto Dueñas, Lauren Espinoza, Daniel García Ordaz, Rudy H. García, Efraín González, Lucía González, Michael Guinn, Jesse G. Herrera, Meliton Hinojosa, Katherine Hoerth, Kenneth Jones, P.C. McKinnon, Josephine Mixon, Gabo de Montemayor, Brenda Nettles Riojas, Alan Oak, Amalia Ortiz, Oscar C. Peña, Juan M. Pérez, Francisco Piña, Jr., Cory Raymond, Laura Reagan-Porras, Shirley A. Rickett, Virginia Rodriguez Garza, Linda F. Romero, Arturo Saldaña, Veronica Sandoval, Steven P. Schneider, Mona Sizer, Lina Suárez, Tim Smith, Virginia Torres, Kenneth Treviño, Luis Vázquez, Arnulfo Vigíl, and Rolando Villafuerte.

I really wish I could read more on Saturday, but unfortunately I have to work :'( Also, my workshop got cancelled because I have to work. Stupid freshmen orientation. Ah... I'll get over it... maybe... boo hoo...

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Quote for today..

Reading Wislawa Szymborska's nobel prize lecture... and came across a quote that I think pretty much sums it all up:

"The moment always came when poets had to close the doors behind them, strip off their mantelsm fripperies, and other poetic paraphernaila, and contront - silently, patiently waiting their own selves - the still white sheet of paper. For finally this is what really counts."

So...umm... Katie? Why aren't you writing? The still white sheet of paper awaits you.

Good point. :)

Friday, April 16, 2010

Official Author Photo

So this is going to be my official author photo... why did my editor choose the one photo with my bra strap showing? Because I'm a damn sexy author that's why B-) LoL sure.
Anyway I'm psyched. Book will be in hands next week. Festival begins next week. Giving a workshop next week. Doing tons of readings and book signings next week. Oh, and the following week going to San Antonio conference to talk about book. And and and and and... ok I'll settle down now.

Monday, April 12, 2010


Ok so today I open my email, uber excited because the subject reads : Among the Mariposas, cover. Woohoo!

It looks absolutely wonderful. Beautiful! Words cannot describe...

wait a second... what's that? Margaret Hoerth?!

LoL, I was so excited to show off my cover and it has the WRONG author name on it.

Ah well... easy fix right?

That's about as exciting as my life gets for today. I feel a poem brewing. I see other poets putting clever lines in their facebook statuses and suddenly I feel jealous and want to write. But nothing's come... yet!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Today's Reception

Well I had the awards reception today.

It was fancy foo foo and really nice. I love getting all dressed up. The only down side was that I didn't get to go on stage to accept the award. Booo!! So there weren't really any good photo-ops. I was really looking forward to adding some new pics to my 'Katie the Poet' album.

Anyway, I'll call it a success. Enjoyed a sangria with the university president, my boss saw me looking all snazzy, and I enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of ass kissing. Yep yep... all in all a good day.

Now if only this headache would go away...

So It's Official!!

My book Among the Mariposas will be out and in my hands by April 22nd. Just in time for the Valley International Poetry Festival. What a great opportunity to promote the book. I'm excited, can't wait!

Oh, and my professor decided to have class over at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce during the Boundless Anthology reception because a classmate and I will be reading. Yay! I can go after all.

Being a poet is starting to interfere with my social life. LoL. But you know what? I think I'd rather have my poems than friends. KIDDING!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

One more thing

to add to my schedule.

This Sunday I'm accepting my Outstanding Achievement Award :D

Woohooooooooooo! So my busy Poetry Month begins. Aye.

So What's New?!

What's new in the world of Katie??


Well I'm getting a little bit nervous. To me, it seems like everything is running together lately, like I'm double booking myself all over the map. Ah! I need to organize myself
Upcoming Events:

The Valley International Poetry Festival - April 22-25:
Boundless Anthology reading: 7-9 at McAllen Chamber of Commerce
And somewhere in all this mess I'm giving a workshop on putting together a chapbook. When, where, why? No idea.

Wild Tongues Conference in San Antonio - May 1st, but I will be in San Antonio having a romantic getaway for the whole weekend. Maybe book a B&B on the river walk? Definately visiting La Villita, and will sip wine and have long sappy conversations with my BruBru. Ah I'm looking forward to it.

Um, what else?

Still waiting on a release date for Among the Mariposas. I would like to do a book signing when it comes out, but maybe the release will coincide with VIPF which would be GREAT X-D

And I'm very nervous because in another life I'm an academic advisor for freshmen students, and we have an orientation the weekend of VIPF. Why does work have to get in the way of poetry? I'm a poet damnit! Everything else comes AFTER that simple fact. Such is life. Stupid life... (grumble grumble).

I have no idea what's on the horizon. Summer is usually a pretty slow time though. I'm going to work on prepping manuscripts for submission, and writing writing writing.

By the way... I've been doing some serious thinking on my future lately, too. Is a PhD next for me? Or what about an MLS? When I graduate, will I be able to get a job teaching? Will I still be in el valle? Or will the big city lull me away? There are so many unknowns out there, and I'm the kind of person that throughouly hates unknowns.

Call me a control freak, but whatever, that's how I am.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010



Ok so here's the frame around my little comment for today.

Last night I was feeling particularly angry with myself. I do it quite often, you know. I didn't make it to the gym, I didn't consume a single vegetable. I rushed through an assignment I'm working on so that I could move on with my productive evening of drinking two beers and playing Monopoly. I sound like a serious loser, right? (Not that there's anything inherently wrong with playing Monopoly, but there's nothing productive about it)

So I was angry. Stupid Katie, why aren't you working harder at becoming the person you need to be?! GrRr!

In order to cure my humdrum feelings toward myself, I decided that this morning it would be a good time to update my CV.

"My CV says I'm not a loser, therefore, I am not a loser" Hah! My quote for the day. I sure do look interesting on paper, now if only I actually was....

I'm working on it!

Monday, April 5, 2010

San Antonio!!!

Here I come!

I'm marking my calendar for May 1st, where I'll be presenting at UTSA's Downtown campus at the Wild Tongues Conference on Gloria Anzaldua.

I'm so excited. Being a poet is... umm... wonderful! LoL. Hopefully I can meet with some smart people and promote my book. Maybe? Maybe? Oh, and of course I'm making it into a romantic weekend with my love.


Some Author Photos

Ok yeah yeah yeah I know only amatuers use cats in their author pictures. But you know what? I AM an amatuer! LoL! Oh, oh oh, and was Jack Kerouac an amateur? I don't think sooo! (His author picture featured feline arm candy too).
So anyway, they look professional enough, right? My lovely Bruno took them. It helps a lot to have a photographer/web programmer in the family. Hehehe! He agreed to do a website for me as well, so once that's up I'll look like the real deal.
Which, to be honest, I think I'm sort of becoming. I'm really excited that 'things' are all happening so fast for me. I'm 23!! But I'm an author. It's amazing.
Oh, did I mention about my Outstanding Achievement award with the university? I'm accepting it this Sunday, and spent the weekend shopping for a dress to go to the ceremony. Woohoo!!
So seriously now it's time for me to get back to work.

Clean Sheets Zine

By the way!

I forgot to mention that my poems are not available for reading on the Clean Sheets website. Check them out!

I'm under poetry :-) You can read "How Do Clams Make Love" and "The Perfect Sestina" if you're so inclined. Also, check back next week for my poem "My Shadow"!!!

By the way, adults only. It's an erotic writing website (but a very good one I might add).

Happy reading!!

waiting waiting waiting

That's something I'm REALLY not good at.


My book to come out... any day now?!

Acceptance/rejection from the San Antonio graduate synopsism

Acceptance/rejection from the Boundless anthology

More info on the workshop I'm supposed to be giving at VIPF

Acceptance/rejection from Bordersenses

Acceptance/rejection from Blackbird (I know this one I'm going to have to wait a longggggggggggggggggggggggg time for)

And what else? I think that's it.

I'm not very good at waiting. I'm much better at writing. Maybe that's what I should be doing instead? Ok enough said I'm getting to work (after lunch break of course...heh.)