Thursday, April 28, 2011

Join me Tonight!

Just a quick note:

I'll be reading tonight at the Boundless Anthlogy release reading in McAllen at the Creative Incubator. Wine and cheese, free and open to the public. See you all there at 7pm :-)Oh, and just in case you're wondering, my poem is about a very lesbian experience with my car. LoL.

This is also the kick off event for the 2011 Valley International Poetry Festival. While I won't be participating much this year (up to my eyes in obligations), there are many exciting events to attend. Check out their website at http://www.vipf.org for more information.

But for sure, come out and see me tonight :-) When else will you have the opportunity to sip on free wine?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

VIPF Schedule

In case you haven't seen this yet!

Art That Heals, Inc., presents . . .
4th Annual Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival

Apr. 28--May 1, 2011

www.vipf.org



Schedule of Events



THURSDAY, APR. 28



*Reception/Anthology Release: 7 to 9 p.m.

McAllen Creative Incubator, 1001 16th St., McAllen, TX

Boundless 2011: The Official Anthology of the Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival



FRIDAY, APR. 29



*Poets In The Schools: 8—4

Olivia Gatwood: McAllen Memorial High School

Jon Davis & Melitón Hinojosa: San Benito High School

Ken Jones: UT-Pan American



*Slam Night Events: 6—10:30 p.m.

Weslaco Public Library Theatre: 525 S. Kansas Ave., Weslaco, TX

Host: Arnold Becho, Director

Youth Poetry Slam Contest: 6—7 p.m.

College/University Readings: 7—8:15
Featured Poet Reading: Jon Davis: 8:15 – 8:30 p.m.
Featured Poet Reading: Ken Jones: 8:30 – 8:45 p.m.
Featured Poet Reading: Olivia Gatwood: 8:45 – 9 p.m.
Adult Poetry Slam: 9 – 10:15 p.m.



SATURDAY, APR. 30



*Potluck Desayuno/Breakfast: 9 to 10 a.m.



Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center, 225 E. Stenger St., San Benito

Hostess: Brenda Nettles Riojas, Founder, VIPF



McAllen Creative Incubator, 1001 16th St., McAllen, TX

Hostess: ¡Vanessa Brown!, Founding Creative Director, VIPF



* Workshops: 10 to 11 a.m.



Vidas Cruzadas: Linda Romero

Narciso Martínez Cultural Arts Center, 225 E. Stenger St., San Benito

Writing testimonio/testimony/memoir poems. Bring a photo that is personal—of a time, a place, a person that is important.



Vidas Cruzadas: Writing testimonio/testimony through pictures. Note: participants should bring a photograph important to themselves.

is that good?

what type photo--of self or a special photo?

Vidas Cruzadas: Writing testimonio/testimony through pictures. Note: participants should bring a photograph important to themselves.Vidas Cruzadas: Writing testimonio/testimony through pictures. Note: participants should bring a photograph important to themselves.Vidas Cruzadas: Writing testimonio/testimony through pictures. Note: participants should bring a photograph important to themselves.Vidas Cruzadas: Writing testimonio/testimony through pictures. Note: participants should bring a photograph important to themseVidas Cruzadas: Writing testimonio/testimony through pictures. Note: participants should bring a photograph important to themselves.

is that good?

what type photo--of self or a special photo?

Writing Slam Poetry: Olivia Gatwood

McAllen Creative Incubator, 1001 16th St., McAllen, TX

Youth are especially encouraged to attend.



*Lunchtime Readings: 11:15 a.m.—1 p.m.



Cocina del Caribe, Conway Ave. & 6th St. (105 6th St.), Mission, TX

Hostess: Julieta Corpus

Poets: Alejandro Cabada Fernández, Arturo Saldaña, Julieta Corpus, Jay Álvarez, Juan M. Pérez, Melitón Hinojosa, Irma Guadarrama, Kenneth Treviño



Carino’s Italian Restaurant, 421 E. Nolana Loop, McAllen, TX

Host: Barrio Poet, Edward Vidaurre

Readers: Ken Jones, Olivia Gatwood, Diana Domínguez, Alan Oak, Barrio Poet, Chris Carmona, Sarah E. Williams, Rolando Villafuerte, ¡Vanessa Brown!, Laura Reagan-Porras, Daniel García Ordaz (a.k.a. The Poet Mariachi)



Galería 409, 409 E. 13th St., Brownsville

Hosts: Mark & Betty Clark

Readers: Jon Davis, Brenda Nettles Riojas, Gene Novogrodsky, Kathy Raines, Virginia Torres, Lady Mariposa, lauren, Lina Suárez, Linda Romero, Kaitlin LaMoine Martin, La Erika



*1:30—3 Afternoon Readings



Paragraphs On Padre, 5055 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, TX

Hostess: Joni Montover

Readers: Kathy Raines, Mona Sizer, Lori Vermaas, Linda Romero, Olivia Gatwood, Virginia Torres, Lady Mariposa, Lina Suárez, lauren, Kaitlin LaMoine Martin, La Erika



Jitterz Coffee Bar, 1625 Conway Ave., Mission, TX

Host: Gabe de la Garza

Readers: Juan M. Pérez, Ken Jones, Diana Domínguez, Alan Oak, Rolando Villafuerte, Edward Vidaurre, Melitón Hinojosa, Irma Guadarrama, ¡Vanessa Brown!, Daniel García Ordaz



*3 to 4:30 Late Afternoon Readings



Mexican Consulate/Consulado de México, 301 México Blvd., Suite F-2, Brownsville, TX

Hostess: Brenda Nettles Riojas

Readers: Jon Davis, Brenda Nettles Riojas, Jay Álvarez, Gene Novogrodsky, Alejandro Cabada Fernández, Julieta Corpus, Arturo Saldaña, Laura Reagan-Porras



Weslaco Museum, 500 S. Texas Blvd., Weslaco

Host: Xavier Reyes

Featured Reader: Ken Jones

Readers: Diana Domínguez, Christopher Carmona, Barrio Poet—Edward Vidaurre, Alan Oak, Melitón Hinojosa, Irma Guadarrama, ¡Vanessa Brown!



*3:30—5 Valley Late Afternoon Readings



Narciso Martínez Cultural Arts Center, 225 E. Stenger St., San Benito, TX

Hostess: Lady Mariposa

Poets: Lady Mariposa, Rolando Villafuerte, Juan M. Pérez, Lina Suárez, lauren, Sarah E. Williams, Kaitlin LaMoine Martin, La Erika, Corey Mangan, Kenneth Treviño



POETRY PACHANGA V



*6—7 p.m. Private Dinner—Registered Poets & Guests (the only private event)

Narciso Martínez Cultural Arts Center, 225 E. Stenger St., San Benito, TX

($10 per guest—pre-pay by Apr. 25)



*7—7:30 p.m. Music by Karen Eubanks

Community Building, 210 E. Heywood St., San Benito, TX (Doors open at 6:45 p.m.)



*7:30—10:30 p.m. Poetry Pachanga V

Community Building, 210 E. Heywood St., San Benito, TX

Welcome: Brenda Nettles Riojas and Daniel García Ordaz, Founders and ¡Vanessa Brown!, Creative Director

Featured Poetas: Jay Álvarez, Jon Davis, Ken Jones, Olivia Gatwood

Poetas: ¡Vanessa Brown!, Jay Álvarez, Alejandro Cabada Fernández, Christopher Carmona, Julieta Corpus, Jon Davis, Diana Domínguez, Lauren Espinoza, Daniel García Ordaz, Olivia Gatwood, Irma Guadarrama, Melitón Hinojosa, Katherine Hoerth, Ken Jones, Corey Mangan, Lady Mariposa, La Erika, Kaitlin LaMoine Martin, Brenda Nettles Riojas, Gene Novogrodsky, Alan Oak, Juan M. Pérez, Laura Reagan-Porras, Kathy Trenfield Raines, Linda Romero, Arturo Saldaña, Mona Sizer, Lina Suárez, Virginia Torres, Lori Vermaas, Edward Vidaurre, Rolando Villafuerte, Sarah E. Williams



SUNDAY, MAY 1



Gloria Anzaldúa Readings

Meet @ 10 a.m. at UT-Pan American Bookstore parking lot; travel at 10:10 a.m. to Gloria Anzaldúa burial site. Readings onsite. Lunch afterwards.

Hostess: Lina Suárez

Readers: Lori Vermaas, lauren, Lady Mariposa, La Erika, Virginia Torres, Daniel García Ordaz



~Daniel García Ordaz, a.k.a. The Poet Mariachi
poetmariachi@hotmail.com

Please visit El Zarape Press
www.elzarapepress.com/books.html
Valley International Poetry Festival April 28-May 1, 2011
www.vipf.org



And me? I will be participating in the anthology release afterall! So come and check me out, I'll be reading my poem - "That Sort of Woman" about my lesbian experience with my car :-P

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Recent "Happenings"

Wow it's been a while...

I've been crazy busy, and Blogger was pissing me off a little so I quit blogging for a few weeks. But I'm back, with just a scrap of free time.

Oh oh oh, the biggest news? I passed my defense! The Ripening of Mangos is a go go, and I will be graduating with the MFA next month... WOOHOO!

Now I don't mean to jinx myself, but lately things have been going so smoothly. Too smoothly, you ask? That's why I'm suspicious. I had a terrible dream a few nights ago that I never applied for graduation, and was going to have to wait an entire year to finish (AHHH!!). So in real life, I called the graduate office frantic, thinking it was some sign from God... but no... no... they calmed my neurotic fear and said I'm set to walk.

Hmm... I thought... too darn easy...

And then... thesis advisor wanted me to make sure my thesis title will be included in commencement program... and I thought it was too late! But no, no, somehow, magically, I had already submitted everything for that and the registrar looked at me like I was crazy when I said "I don't believe you".

So... do I have a guardian angel leading me through the beauracracy known as UTPA? Perhaps, perhaps... that's what I'm beginning to think...


In other news:

"La Pulga Beauties" has been posted on Front Porch. I'm more than happy, it's just a few poems down from Sherman Alexie's!!! Ahh! ::Giddy poet moment of screaming and jumping up and down::

In all seriousness, check it out: http://www.frontporchjournal.com/170_poetry_hoerth.asp


I LOVE IT! :D

And the more I read the poem, the more I like it :) And I love Front Porch, too.

Other news? Oh, my poem "That Sort of Woman" will be included in the Valley International Poetry Festival Anthology, Boundless, so that was yay news. The boo news that goes along with it, though, is that I likely won't be taking an active role in the festival this year. I'm just too damn busy :-/ and everything is taking place so far from my house...

So I've been having a wonderful past few days... how have your's been? Have you lost your mind yet?

Friday, April 1, 2011

I Will Speak to You Only in Pastishe

V-Day is less than a week away. I was completely freaking out this entire week because I thought I was going to have to postpone it... but no, no, we're on and it's happening! : )


So if you'd like to witness the Epic Fall of Katie, you're absolutely welcome to! I will be defending: Thursday, April 7th at 2:30pm in the UTPA library, Schilling Room.



I don't even have a title figured out yet, but I'm hoping that will come to me at the last minute :P


Ok so this weekend I promise to do nothing but prep. I will ask myself random questions about the history of confessional poetry, the life of Anne Sexton (and how she's both my hero and nemesis), about contemporary confessionalstic poets and how they're super cool, about deconstructionist theory, the post-structuralists (my good pals Foucault and Butler), I will then proceed to tell myself everything I know about new formalists (i love and hate you), LANGUAGE poets (i more hate you than love you but i still love you a lot) and how they are and are not me all at the same time - I will speak to you only in pastishe - deconstruct the days until they blur into one - swim in the inbetween, that space between neurons that feels sexy and right like a red dress, one size too small and very very cheap - I will then proceed to stick my head in the oven, reciting Lady Lazarus until my lips bake blue... tear it all down, tear it all down, and watch her rise from the ashes I'll watch it all happen through the mirror, pressing the flesh of my fingertips against the cold glass and then I will read my sexy poems and convince myself that somehow, somehow, it all goes together. :-)

I am going to be ok. On a lighter note, I read poems last night at Festiba. It was a wonderful experience, like coming full circle. You see, back in 2007, when I was finishing my undergrad here, I read at Festiba with the lovely memoirist Michelle Otero. She very much inspired me to keep writing, to keep going, and I did. And then, last night, I read with her again. She was visiting for Festiba, and again, right before I graduate. I regret that I didn't get to speak with her, as the reading was going late and I had to head home to a very hungry bruno and a bed full of hungry cats. But I'm coming full circle. The funny thing about circles is that they're infinate. So here I go again . What's next? Bring it on, bitches! B-)