Monday, October 25, 2010

Katie Breaks Her Rut


I've broken my publishing rut! See my latest pub HERE:

That's meee! Katherine Hoeth... wait a minute... they mispelled my last name. Ok, well read the poem maybe they did it on purpose ;)

Well... that and I've also once again flooded the market with submissions. Bad news came atumblin' in from Hayden's Ferry Review, Blackbird, and... probably more I'm just selectively forgetting. But let this not be a day of woe - but a day of triumph :-)

Katie's pubbed again, even though - yes, local newspaper, but regardless I am proud :-)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A big decision


After a long talk with BruBru, we've decided that indeed - we have outgrown this valley.

I love 'The Valley' with everything I've got - it's my home, the place I write about, where most of my family lives, where I grew up, and where I'll always be attached.

But... it is almost time to move on.

So my plan is to finish up this MFA, and then ride the wind to wherever it takes me. I'm going to start prepping PhD applications ASAP. I'm going to start looking for a new job. New life. New home. New town....

but the same Katie. I promise.

Details to come - as soon as I figure them out. I would very much like to stay in Texas, and my eyes are most certainly on Houston or Austin... maybe Dallas, even El Paso... or New Mexico. One thing for sure, though, is that for both my personal and professional well being, come August, I will be someplace else, moving up in life, becoming the Katie I know I need to be.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

New poem, a result of poetry class love

You know something...

I'm really loving my poetry workshop this semester. Something's jiving well with me, my collegues, and my prof. My writing is changing. It's less narrative, more lyrical. Or - the narrative is in the lyricality of the words. Something like that.

Here's a little piece of my latest poem: The Green Lake

I’ll ask you –
will you let the heat of your body part the surface? A stone
skips across the water, leaving ripples of breath

between your answer. I won’t tell you -
this lake hides a beast behind her eyelashes
and tall grass. The hurried breaths of lovers
and the smell of sex exists between the hissing
of snakes and songs of frogs. This body

That's my favorite stanza.

Anyway - life's happened. Between my two jobs, working on my thesis, my grad class, chachalacas in orbit, being bruno's moral support, readings, writings, submissions, rejections, conferences, presentations, book signings, ect - sometimes I really feel like I'm going to lose it. I have a history of taking on too much and not realizing it, and then losing it completely. Aye. It's my talent. Then I get sick. And nothing gets done.

I can do it all, I can and usually do pull through.

So today I'm writing this post to get myself focused. What are my priorities in life right now?

Writing. Of course. Not just for the thesis, for class, for my students, for publication, for blogs - but most importantly, writing for myself. If I write too much for others, I'm afraid that I'll lose natural love of writing that I've always had.

Peace. Finding it amongs the words and mariposas, embracing it.

I think that peace resides in the tiny caesuras of our lives - between the line breaks of hurried breaths.

Next week - that's it. I'm going on vacation.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Saturday's Jitterz Reading~

Aww, there we are! In all of our awesomeness. This was from the Art That Heals reading at Jitterz this past Saturday. Thanks to Julieta for this wonderful picture :-)
So you probably can figure that I'm on the far right. Next to me is poet Frank Pina, and... I forget who that man in red is next to him...
Anyway, then is Julieta in the pretty black dress, and... XAVIER GARZA! right there in the middle. Yes, Xavier Garza made a surprise appearance, reading from his latest release from Arte Publico Press. Ok - next to Xavier (we're going to the left) is Lady Mariposa, Nepthali De Leon (author of Chicano Popcorn!), The Poet Mariachi, and then... Mr. David Solis.
So what a night it was! Bruno made it out to show his support, in addition to his mom and my parents too! I even sold a few copies of Among the Mariposas.
What's next for this poeta? Good question. How about some good old fashioned rest? LoL.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

El Mundo Zurdo Program released, and Katie's cup is overflowing.



Ok so I'm feeling seriously overwhelmed these past few days. I think maybe it's the second job. Anyway, news to report:

The El Mundo Zurdo program has posted. So I now have a day/time that I will be reading at UTSA. I will be reading Friday, November 5th at 4:30 in the Durango room. Joining me will be poets ire'ne lara silva, nancy green, Laura Eglin, and Carolina Monsivais (all mouthfeel press authors! :) :) :) )

I'm uber excited to meet these talented ladies. I feel unworthy, so unworthy....

Other news....

Still pumped about Saturday's reading at Jitterz. See sidebar for details on that one. Don't forget to come out and show your support ;)


I wrote a new poem for my grad class. And it's about being... well... overwhelmed I guess. Here's a little exerpt:

At the moment her finger switches
the coffee maker on, a body curls
into question against the force
of water. She listens for the groan
of the machine, telling her the single
serving of bitter beans is ready
to pour into the fine bone
china. As she pours

her first cup - the sunrise pours in.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Chacalacas in Orbit Review and Coffee Talk feature

So a bit of news this weekend...

First of all, I would like to thank Pablo from Chacalacas in Orbit for the wonderful preview of my chapbook. You can see it here:

It looks absolutely fantastic! And what is that at the end there? That I will be writing for the blog? Why yes, yes I will be X-D In the very near future be on the lookout for my reviews of literary scene happenings here in the Rio Grande Valley.

This bit of wonderful news aside, I also have another tidbit to share: I'm going to be featured at a reading organized by Art That Heals! Here's the details:

Art That Heals, Inc. presents Coffeetalk Series: 2nd Saturday of each month @ 7:30 p.m. with featured speakers/artists/performers

and Open Mic @ Jitterz Coffee Bar in Mission. Featuring Katie Hoerth, award-winning author of "Among The Mariposas." The mission of Art That Heals, Inc., is to promote cultural literacy in the Rio Grande Valley by promoting the arts and to use art to help end the AIDS pandemic.

Seeking writers, poets, visual artists, singer/songwriters, fashion designers, d.j.s, artists of all sorts, to feature at our events. E-mail to be considered.

Art That Heals, Inc., created the Coffee Talk Series in Rio Grande City in 2002. Your tax-deductible donations are welcome. The series is funded in part via a grant from the Raul Tijerina, Jr. Foundation.


So if you're interested in an autographed copy of the book I will be there, with my books of course~

The event will run 7:30-9:00pm at Jitterz Coffee Shop in Mission!! 1625 North Conway

If you're interested in reading at the event, there will also be an open mic! So bring your poems.